Experts not picking Falcons again, Lions the favorite

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Last week, the popular pick was the Packers over the Falcons; in fact, experts overwhelmingly picked Green Bay to leave Atlanta undefeated. A thriller ensued and Desmond Ridder led a fourth-quarter comeback victory. Once again, experts are not picking the Falcons to beat the Lions.


  • Seth Wickersham: Lions
  • Lindsey Thiry: Lions
  • Mike Clay: Lions
  • Dan Graziano: Falcons

CBS Sports

Sports Illustrated

  • Albert Breer: Lions
  • Connor Orr: Falcons
  • Matt Verderame: Lions
  • Gilberto Manzano: Lions

The Athletic

  • Tashan Reed: Lions
  • Mark Kaboly: Lions
  • Chad Graff: Falcons
  • Zach Rosenblatt: Falcons
  • Zac Jackson: Lions
  • Larry Holder: Lions
  • Josh Kendall: Lions
  • Nick Kosmider: Lions
  • Zak Keefer: Lions

The Lions are about 4-point favorites, coming off an overtime loss to the Seahawks. Detroit will be at a health disadvantage as Atlanta hopefully welcomes back Jeff Okudah, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Troy Andersen. The Lions could be missing as many as four starters as C.J. Gardner-Johnson and James Houston hit the injured reserve, David Montgomery nurses a thigh injury and the statuses of a pair of offensive linemen are up in the air.

The Falcons aren’t going to be a popular pick until they prove this hot start is no fluke. This will be the most difficult challenge of the 2023 season. The Lions have a formidable offensive line, which is a big challenge for this new-look Falcons defense. On the opposite side, Geno Smith and Seattle went up and down the field last week. Desmond Ridder and the offense could be in line for a really big game this week.

Photographer: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire

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