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NFL Expert Pick – New England Patriots Visit Detroit Lions

Posted by Marcello Messina on 11/24/2010 4:05:03 PM

After their exciting victory against the Indianapolis Colts last week, the New England Patriots visit Ford Field to face off with a much easier challenge, the Detroit Lions, this NFL expert pick Thursday.

(8-2) New England Patriots at (2-8) Detroit Lions
Live from Ford Field - MI
Kickoff: 12:30 PM EST Thursday, November 25, 2010
Broadcast: CBS

NorthBet NFL Expert Pick
New England Patriots -7
Detroit Lions +7
Total 51

Despite having the second-worst record in the entire NFL, the 2-8 Detroit Lions are actually showing a lot of upside this NFL expert pick season.

After losing their franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford until Week 8 at the start of this NFL expert pick season and then again in Week 9 for the remainder of the year, Detroit looked toward second-stringer Shaun Hill to perform under center for the woeful Lions.

Quite frankly, Hill has done a heck of a job airing out the ball for a backup quarterback, especially one playing for the Lions.

During his current streak under center, Hill has led the Lions as the 6th-best passing offense in the entire NFL (averaging over 250 passing yards per game). Detroit has also converted 19 touchdowns through the air this NFL expert pick season.

In the 6 games he has started in this season, Shaun Hill has averaged over 290 yards per game and has totaled 11 touchdowns. Hill has limited his interception count to just 11 within that time frame (1.33 per game).

Hill now faces one of the worst pass defenses in the entire NFL this Thursday.

New England is positioned as the second-worst pass defense in the league allowing nearly 300 passing yards per matchup. They are also third-to-last, giving up 20 passing touchdowns on the year.

While I do have faith that New England will beat the Detroit Lions this NFL expert pick Thanksgiving Day, it will be by a very small margin. Shaun Hill will take advantage of the Patriots’ extremely week secondary.

Marcello’s Prediction: New England Patriots: 31 Detroit Lions: 27

Messina Mention: The Detroit Lions are 2-2 when playing in Ford Field this season.

NFL Expert Pick: Detroit Lions +7

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