MNF Raiders vs Lions Predictions, Odds, Picks, Props and SGP (+625)
Mike Ortiz Jr. makes his best MNF picks today and predictions for Raiders at Lions in Week 8 of the NFL 2023 season. Plus, tips on props and SGPs.
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Leg-1: Under 46.5 Points (-110)
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NFL Schedule Week 8 – Game info - Monday Night Football - Raiders at Lions
2023 NFL Regular Season Game
Las Vegas Raiders (3-4) vs. Detroit Lions (5-2)
Date: Monday, Oct. 30
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Venue: Ford Field, in Detroit, Mich.
TV Channel: ABC, ESPN
Live Stream: FuboTV
The Las Vegas Raiders will be on the road in primetime when they face the Detroit Lions in Week 8’s Monday Night Football matchup. This has been a rocky season for Las Vegas head coach Josh McDaniels and his players, to say the least. The team has battled personnel issues, injuries, and a general lack of inspiration on the football field.
The Detroit Lions, on the other hand, had been living in a world of euphoria up until last weekend. At 5-1 – their best start since 2011 -- they found themselves in what must have felt like uncharted territory. Unfortunately, that sense of glory was short-lived. Last Sunday, the Lions were brought back to earth in an embarrassing 38-6 loss at Baltimore. The Ravens, who are also now 5-2, did their job in reminding the Lions just how difficult it is to win in this league.
On Monday night, the Raiders will be looking to overcome their internal struggles, while the Lions will be hoping to get back on track with a big home win.
Raiders vs. Lions Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NFL Odds Week 8
Moneyline: Las Vegas Raiders +265, Detroit Lions -360
Spread: Raiders +8.5 (-120), Lions -8.5 (-110)
Total: Over/Under 46.5 points
Raiders at Lions Preview
Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s absence was evident in Las Vegas’ game at Chicago last Sunday, but it was hardly the sole reason for the 30-12 loss. Backup QB Brian Hoyer wasn’t helped by a Chicago interception that hit Vegas running back Josh Jacobs squarely in the hands before ricocheting right to Bears linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. Raiders fans were likely somewhat surprised to see Hoyer get the start over rookie QB Aidan O’Connell, but that appears to be a moot point heading into Monday night’s game, since Garoppolo should be able to play.
Jimmy G was cleared as a full participant for practice on Thursday, meaning he will likely return to the Raiders’ starting lineup. Whether Garoppolo plays or not, the Raiders still have issues to resolve. Las Vegas clearly made a point of targeting wide receiver Davante Adams early in the game at Chicago -- hitting him three times in a row on Hoyer’s first three throws of the game.
That focus on Adams came after the receiver publicly complained about his usage, even though he wasn’t trying to offend anyone with his comments. Adams simply wants to win, and throwing the football to him typically helps accomplish that goal. Vegas head coach Josh McDaniels made sure Adams knew he got the message.
The Raiders simply couldn’t get out of their own way against Chicago. Hoyer threw a nice fade for Adams in the end zone, but the ball slipped right through his hands in completely uncharacteristic fashion. That drop, plus Hoyer’s two turnovers, led to a bitterly disappointing loss against a Chicago team that started an undrafted free agent, Tyson Bagent, at quarterback.
With the loss to the Bears in their rear-view mirror and Garoppolo expected to return, Las Vegas now turns its attention to a road game against a Lions team that has started the season extremely well.
Detroit is 5-2. The Lions’ first loss came in an extremely close Week 2 home game against Seattle. Their second loss, suffered last Sunday at Baltimore, was almost bizarre. Detroit fell apart offensively against the Ravens and fell behind 28-0 in the first half. The Lions finished the game the game with just six points, as they were unable to climb out of the huge hole they had dug for themselves.
This Detroit team had been scoring 28 points per game before facing Baltimore. The Lions also had a combined 55-point scoring differential over their first six opponents. That didn’t seem to matter in Baltimore, where they were blown out by Ravens QB Lamar Jackson and Co. on a day when it seemed they never got started.
Despite his team’s struggles last week, Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown continued to support the offense with a season-high 13 catches for 102 yards at Baltimore. He now has 25 catches over his last two games and four 100-plus-yard receiving days so far this season, as he consistently shows up for his team on offense.
Detroit running back David Montgomery is not expected to return to the lineup for Monday’s game. As of Thursday, he was still missing practice due to a rib injury. It makes sense for the Lions to rest Montgomery this week because Detroit’s bye week follows the Monday night game. Meanwhile, rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs can carry the load after being one of the Lions’ few bright spots in their ugly loss to the Ravens.
Fans and fantasy football managers alike had been crying out for a big game from Gibbs, the 12th overall pick in last spring’s NFL Draft, and he finally delivered at Baltimore. Gibbs had 11 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown, as well as nine catches for 58 yards. That’s the kind of production Detroit’s coaching staff hoped to see from him when they fell in love with his potential earlier this year. It’s quite possible that last week we witnessed what will be remembered as a major breakout game from the former Alabama star.
Raiders vs. Lions Predictions and Pick
I expect to see a game that features plenty of offensive firepower on Monday night, but I don’t know if that will translate into a lot of points.
Both teams have very disruptive defensive lines and superstar pass-rushers in Maxx Crosby for Vegas and Aidan Hutchinson for Detroit. Both these defensive ends can can quickly turn a potential seven-point offensive drive into a maximum of three points.
Prior to last Sunday’s game at Chicago, the Raiders had cashed four straight unders, and they have only hit overs because they allowed both the Bills and the Bears to score 30-plus points.
Detroit is 4-3 when it comes to over/unders, but the Lions are about to face a defense that is giving up fewer than 200 passing yards per game.
The Pick: Under 46.5 Points (-110)
Detroit wet the bed on the road last weekend during a game in which they should have been competitive. There are very few excuses for that performance, which saw their struggling defense become a problem. That’s especially bad for Detroit when the offense also has an off day.
I believe the Lions’ offense will return to its high-scoring form. The key is for Detroit’s offensive line to bounce back after allowing five sacks against the Ravens. That was two more sacks than the Lions had allowed in any other game this season, and it was only the second time this year that quarterback Jared Goff was sacked more than twice.
If the O-line can hold up, especially against the Raiders’ Crosby, I think the Lions will win the game. However, I do believe the Raiders will cover and that the score could be close heading into the fourth quarter.
The Pick: Las Vegas Raiders +8.5 (-120)
Best NFL Player-Prop Bets: Raiders vs. Lions
We hit on Dalton Kincaid in our predictions for the Bills’ Thursday Night Football game, and I’m sticking with tight-end overs here for this Monday night matchup, too.
Rookie Sam LaPorta has quickly become an integral part of the Lions’ offense, and his consistency both in targets and receiving yards leads me to believe he’ll have a great day against the Raiders.
Las Vegas allows an average of six catches for 50 yards to opposing tight ends this season, and LaPorta is playing like a top-five receiving TE right now.
Speaking of Lions rookies, running back Jahmyr Gibbs proved to be a valuable asset last weekend when starter David Montgomery was out of the lineup.
It looks like the veteran will be out again on Monday, meaning there will likely be more opportunities for Gibbs. His services will be particularly essential since Detroit might need to go with short-yardage passing options against a good pass defense and talented pass rush.
Gibbs had nine catches for 58 yards against the Ravens last week, and I think he clears his total again. I’m sure the Lions coaches reviewed the tape from last week and decided they should get the football in his hands just as often.
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