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Best Monday Night Football bets: Lions-Packers

By VSiN Staff  (VSiN.com) 

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The Detroit Lions travel to Green Bay to play in the second Monday Night Football game of the 2021-22 NFL season.

Our team of experts at VSiN has the game covered from all angles, with a market report from South Point oddsmaker Chris Andrews, along with a pick on the game from VSiN's Adam Burke and Dave Tuley, and a player prop from Ben Brown of Pro Football Focus.

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (-11.5, 48.5)

Market report from Chris Andrews: I opened Green Bay -10.5. Early bets were on the Packers. I knew we’d get to 11 eventually, so I went there quickly. By late week I was getting two-way action with some buy back on the Lions. I expected the line to move higher before kickoff based on public tendencies. That happened over the weekend. I was at 11.5 by midday Sunday. My opening total of 48.5 was initially bet down to 48. I was back up to 48.5 Sunday. Recreational bettors typically play “favorite and Over” in solitary TV games like this.

Tuley: The public is ready to dismiss a lot of teams off one poor Week 1 performance, such as the Jaguars, Titans, Falcons, Vikings and Giants. The Packers’ 38-3 loss to the Saints was the ugliest of all, yet it appears most people are willing to forgive and forget. In fact, the line has actually gone up from -10 on the advance line to -10.5 early in the week and now up to 11.5 at most Las Vegas books (and pretty much across the country) as of Sunday morning. Granted, the Lions were being thoroughly dominated by the 49ers before rallying late to get the back-door cover, but I see that comeback as a great sign that they’ll fight to the end in this game. Besides, are we so sure this isn’t the end of the line for the Aaron Rodgers era that everyone is expecting to end anyway? I’ll take that chance — and the points.

Pick: Lions + 11.5 or better

Burke: Neither the Packers nor the Lions had performances to be happy about in Week 1, but the two teams will look for better showings on Monday Night Football in Week 2. One team should be better-positioned to get off to a good start in this NFC North battle.

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