Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers - 12/24/22 NFL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Panthers (5-9) vs Detroit Lions (7-7)

Game Info: Saturday, December 24, 2022 at 1:00 pm (Bank of America Stadium)

Betting Odds: Carolina Panthers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 43.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Detroit Lions will play the Carolina Panthers on Saturday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Detroit Lions are 7-7 this season after they defeated the New York Jets by a score of 20-17 in their last game. Detroit out gained New York by a total of 359-337 and forced one turnover in the win. The Detroit offense is averaging 26.4 points per game with 249.1 passing yards per game and 126.1 rushing yards per game. Jared Goff has thrown for 3,604 yards, 23 touchdowns, and seven interceptions for the Lions this season. Jamaal Williams has rushed for 839 yards and 14 scores, while Amon-Ra St. Brown has caught 89 passes for 974 yards and six touchdowns for Detroit. The Detroit defense is giving up 26 points per game and 398.5 yards per game.

The Carolina Panthers are 5-9 this season after they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 24-16 in their last game. Carolina only gained 209 total yards and allowed Pittsburgh to go 12-16 on third down attempts in the game. The Carolina offense is averaging 19.7 points per game with 170.6 passing yards per game and 117.5 rushing yards per game. Sam Darnold has thrown for 509 yards and three touchdowns for the Panthers this season. D’Onta Foreman has rushed for 646 yards and four touchdowns, while DJ Moore has caught 51 passes for 678 yards and five scores for Carolina. The Carolina defense is allowing 22.4 points per game and 342.1 yards per game.

Detroit is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The over is 11-5 in Detroit’s last 16 games. Carolina is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 December games. The under is 5-1 in Carolina’s last 6 games following an ATS loss. The home team is 4-1 ATS in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

Detroit is playing some of the best football in the NFL right now as they try to make a playoff push after starting the year 1-6. Carolina’s offense really struggled last week against Pittsburgh and will face a Detroit defense that is much improved from the beginning of the year. With how well Detroit is playing, I have to take them here.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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