11/17/2013 10:06 AM
Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers (+1, 47)
Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson increased his career touchdown reception total to 63, overtaking Herman Moore for the top spot on the franchise list. Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford have formed a dangerous combination, with the former leading the league in average receiving yards (113.0) and tied for second in TD catches (nine) and the latter fourth in both yards (2,836) and scoring passes (19).
Pittsburgh will need its defense to continue its strong play to keep the Lions from notching their third straight win. The Steelers have allowed an average of 201.3 passing yards, the fourth-best mark in the NFL, and held Buffalo to 227 total yards last week. Pittsburgh's running game has improved of late, as the team has eclipsed the 100-yard plateau in three of the last four games.
LINE: Detroit has held steady as a 1-point fave, with the total currently 47.
WEATHER: There is a 63 percent chance of rain with wind blowing toward the N endzone at 14 mph.
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Detroit (-3.0) + Pittsburgh (+3.5) - home field (-3.0) = Lions -3.5
* Lions are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six road games vs. teams with losing home records.
* Steelers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games.
* Over is 4-0 in the last four meetings.