Last week was a bit of a shocker for both teams playing on Monday Night Football in Week 8. The Detroit Lions were 5-1 and flying high, but then they got smacked by the Baltimore Ravens and came crashing back down to earth. The Las Vegas Raiders, meanwhile, got stomped by a Bears team that was being led by a D-II rookie quarterback. Safe to say, both of these teams need a win, badly. Unfortunately for the Raiders, their own town doesn’t believe in them, as the Lions come into this one as massive moneyline favorites on all NFL betting sites and betting apps.
Detroit Lions vs. Las Vegas Raiders NFL Betting Odds
- The Lions come in as pretty big -8.5 point favorites on the spread
- Bookies have this one’s total set at a very reasonable 46 points
- Lions running back Jahmyr Gibbs is the most likely to score, with -120 odds
Detroit Lions vs. Las Vegas Raiders NFL Betting Odds - Monday, October 30th
The Detroit Lions are coming off of a humbling defeat at the hands of the Ravens that probably had a lot of Lions fans experiencing PTSD. The question is, was it just a blip on the radar, or a sign of things to come? The Raiders, meanwhile, have been a topsy turvy mess all year, most recently losing 30-12 to the Tyson Bagent-led Bears. All odds provided by Sports Interaction.
|Detroit Lions||-455||-8.5 (-110)||O46.5 (-110)|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+340||+8.5 (-110)||U46.5 (-110)|
The Detroit Lions were dismantled to the tune of a 38-6 score when they visited Baltimore last week, and that result is likely to be on the minds of everyone in the building in Detroit. They were beaten in every facet of the game, and they were unable to punch it into the end zone until the game was well out of hand.
However, the man to score their sole points, rookie back Jahmyr Gibbs, represented the lone bright spot for Dan Campbell’s guys on what was an otherwise dark day in sunny Baltimore. He showed great efficiency running the ball, surprisingly averaging 6.2 yards a carry while also grabbing nine, count ‘em, nine receptions.
So even though starter David Montgomery is unlikely to play, the Lions don’t have to worry about their running game. And that’s great news, because the Raiders are god-awful when it comes to stopping the run, allowing the fourth-most rushing yards so far in 2023.
Las Vegas has been a lot better at stopping the pass, so it works out well for Detroit to pound the rock on the ground early so they can build a lead and take advantage of the weak link in the Raiders’ defense.
A big story going into this one is also the status of Vegas’ starting QB, Jimmy Garoppolo. He missed last week, and Brian Hoyer was shocking in relief, but rookie Aidan O’Connell actually looked decent in his mop up duty earlier this year. No matter who starts, the offense is likely to be discombobulated, which tends to happen when there’s inconsistency under center.
The Raiders seem unlikely to compete this year after that big loss to the Bears, so it could be that a lot of the veterans on this roster already have one foot out the door by game time. With that in mind, it could be tough for the Raiders to put in a performance on the road here.
It’s a massive bounce back game for the Lions, who are clearly the better and more well-constructed team here. Their consistency at the quarterback position and their result last week has us convinced that they are the right play here, so we’re taking their -8.5 point spread at -110 odds.
The Raiders score fewer points than all but two teams in the NFL and have gone under the betting total in five of their seven games this season. We’re expecting the Lions to put up some numbers, but depending on who plays quarterback, this Raiders offense could very well be blanked. We’re rolling with the under for this one’s 46-point total at -110 odds.
Player Props To Consider
David Montgomery hasn’t practiced all week, so we’re likely looking at another heavy workload for Jahmyr Gibbs here. And it’s just as well: the Raiders have given up the fifth-most rushing yards to running backs and the 11th-most receptions to backs out of the backfield. The only question is, which Gibbs prop to take here. The bookies have his yardage total way up in the 60s, so we think the safest bet here is on his anytime scorer odds, which sit at very reasonable -120.
Oddsmakers are making it hard on us this week, as they have yet to come out with any receiving props for Raiders players as of this writing. While the Raiders have said that they’re not trading Davante Adams, we’re not so sure, so we like the next man up, Jakobi Meyers, to have a solid night. He’s been a nice surprise all season, hitting his receiving yards over in four of six contests. His number is likely to be around 55, and considering we believe they’ll be playing from behind, we’d take the over there as long as it’s at -125 odds or longer.
Alex is a recent graduate of Ryerson's Sport Media program in 2019 and has been contributing to BettingTop10 since 2020. He has worked in the field of sports and sports betting for several years, including stops writing for theScore and daily fantasy sports website FantasyPros as one of the lead NBA news writers. A dedicated sports fan and experienced sports bettor, Alex has the knowledge to provide you with the best betting advice and the sneakiest props no matter what the sport may be.