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The Patriots are extremely thin at the quarterback position but they face a very porous Lions defense. Can they grab a win with their third-string Quarterback? Handicapper Joey Ruiz gives us his best bet for NFL Week 5 this Sunday.

New England Patriots vs. Detroit Lions Prediction, Pick, Odds: Can Bailey Zappe Get it Done for New England?

Patriots vs. Lions Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: October 9, 2022
  • Game Time: 1:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: CBS

Patriots vs. Lions Odds

  • Moneyline: Patriots (-155); Lions (+150)
  • Spread: Patriots -3 (-107); Lions +3 (+100)
  • Total: Over/Under 46 (-110)

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Patriots vs. Lions Prediction

The Patriots are a team who are accustomed to success but now they have fallen on some hard times. They come into this game with a record of 1-3 and both Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer are injured which leaves them with their 3rd string quarterback Bailey Zappe. Who is this guy? Well, Zappe played at FCS Houston Baptist and broke all sorts of records there before transferring to Western Kentucky to play his final season. In his only year in Division 1 football, he broke Joe Burrow’s single-season passing record so this kid can really sling it. Now college success does not always translate over to the NFL but Zappe has a perfect matchup here and a perfect environment to make his first career NFL start.

The Lions have arguably the worst defense in the NFL and just can't stop anyone. They gave up 48 points to the Seahawks last week and did not force a single punt. Now, do I expect Zappe to put up 48? No, but he should be able to move the ball up and down the field behind their strong running game and strong offensive line play. With that being said, I am rolling with PATRIOTS ML at -155 (RISK 2U) as I think this is a great spot for the Pats today. This could be a fairly close game so I am rolling with the ML but I like -3 as well.

Patriots vs. Lions Pick

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Joey has spent the last 6+ years betting on sports with a focus on basketball and baseball. Basketball is his main focus, and not many people know more about mid-major basketball than him. Whether you need advice on a Saturday night primetime game or a Tuesday night back-alley SWAC/MEAC game, Joey is your man.


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