Bills vs. Lions Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 3 Odds, Prediction

Jeremy Perry | Updated Aug 19, 2019

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Can the Lions bounce back at home in Week 3? Or will Buffalo continue to take care of business as they attempt to set the tone for the games that actually count?

Buffalo
10-6
AT
August 23, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
Ford Field
Detroit
3-12
Pointspread -3.5 -110
Moneyline -189
Over / Under o +41
Pointspread +3.5 -110
Moneyline +158
Over / Under u +41

The Buffalo Bills are looking to establish a winning culture that they hope can help guide them through an improved AFC East this season. While it might not count in the standings, Buffalo is certainly off to a strong start this preseason. The Bills are coming off back-to-back wins over the Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers to open the exhibition slate. Now they face their toughest test yet as they head on the road to face the winless Detroit Lions. Detroit is coming off consecutive losses to the New England Patriots and Houston Texans to open the preseason. Here is a closer look at the matchup.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions

Pointspread
  • Buffalo Bills -110 -3
  • Detroit Lions -110 +3

After posting a 3-5 record in preseason action over his first two seasons with the Bills, head coach Sean McDermott has improved to .500 by winning the first two games of this year’s exhibition schedule. The Bills have depth at key positions and that’s made a big difference.

Meanwhile, Detroit is just 1-4 in preseason games under second-year head coach Matt Patricia. The Lions only won a single exhibition game a year ago. They don’t seem to care about these games – especially when you see them trotting out veteran journeyman Josh Johnson to run bizarre offensive sets.

Buffalo Bills

The biggest positive that McDermott can take from Buffalo’s two preseason games is the play of second-year quarterback Josh Allen. Allen went 9-of-11 for 102 yards while leading the Bills to points on each of their first two possessions against Carolina. After a strong finish to his debut season, football fans in Buffalo are hoping that the young passer can continue to grow this season. But even behind him, Matt Barkley has been one of the best quarterbacks in the preseason too.

At running back, LeSean McCoy, T.J. Yeldon and Tyree Jackson combined for 59 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries against the Panthers. And that doesn’t include rookie Devin Singletary, who has been a standout player for the Bills so far. This team is particularly deep at running back, so they should continue to run the football effectively against a Detroit defense that has struggled to slow down opposing rushing attacks.

Detroit Lions

Considering the quarterback situation in Detroit heading into Week 3 of the preseason, there is a good chance this offense continues to struggle. Matthew Stafford is expected to take limited snaps in his first exhibition action this week.

Tom Savage is sidelined with a concussion, leaving David Fales and Josh Johnson as the backups competing for the backup role. But beyond the players, you have to look at what this team has been running. Without diving too much into the nitty-gritty, they’ve been widely criticized – especially by the NFL’s Brian Baldinger – for not really trying to accomplish anything in the preseason.

Detroit has allowed an average of 30.5 points per game in losses to the Patriots and Texans. That’s not a good sign.

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