Free NFL Picks Today: Carolina Panthers vs Detroit Lions 12/24/22

Free NFL Picks Today: Carolina Panthers vs Detroit Lions 12/24/22
Sat 24th December 2022

The Detroit Lions (7-7, 3-3 Away) will be out to extend their winning run when they travel to take on the Carolina Panthers (5-9, 4-4 Home) at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday. The Lions are 2.5-point favorites, and the total is 43.5. Detroit is coming off a close 20-17 win over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, their third straight victory. Jared Goff threw for 252 yards and a touchdown.

D’Andre Swift ran eight times for 52 yards. Amon-Ra St. Brown was targeted 10 times, catching seven passes for 76 yards. Carolina lost 24-16 to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday. Sam Darnold was 14 of 23 for 225 yards and a touchdown.

Chuba Hubbard carried four times for 10 yards and added three catches for 57 yards. DJ Moore scored once. He caught five receptions for 73 yards.


The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since November 2020, a 20-0 win for the Panthers. P.J. Walker threw one touchdown for Carolina.


The Lions are averaging 26.4 points per game for the season, fifth in the NFL, and they are facing a Panthers defense that has surrendered 22.4 PPG (15th). Meanwhile, Carolina has scored 19.7 points a game this season, 24th in the league, and Detroit is allowing 26.0 PPG (31st).

The Lions rank ninth in the league in passing yards per game (257.9) and 14th in rushing (126.1), while the Panthers are 14th in passing yards allowed per game (224.3) and 22nd against the run (130.7).

Carolina has been one of the league’s least productive passing teams, averaging 186.6 passing yards per game (30th), while ranking 17th in rushing yards (117.5).

Detroit’s defense has been most susceptible through the air, as the Lions are 30th in the league in passing yards allowed per game (279.7). Against the run, the Lions are 26th (133.4).

Detroit has found the end zone on 71% of trips to the red zone this season, third most in the NFL, averaging 3.6 trips a game (11th).

Carolina ranks as the lowest volume red zone offense in the league, advancing inside the 20-yard-line just 2.6 times per game and scoring a touchdown on 51% of those possessions (23rd). Detroit has had difficulty defending their own red zone, allowing opponents to find the end zone 65% of the time (28th).


Through 14 games, Jared Goff has thrown for 23 touchdowns (7 INT) and 257.4 yards per game to lead Detroit in passing. In six away games this season, he has three TDs (4 INT) and an average of 231.2 yards passing. Jamaal Williams leads the team in rushing with an average of 59.9 yards a game over 14 games.

He has 14 touchdowns on the ground. Amon-Ra St. Brown is the Lions’ leading receiver with 74.9 yards a game and six TDs. He is averaging 6.8 receptions on 9.2 targets per game. Baker Mayfield has six passing touchdowns (6 INT) with 187.6 yards per game through seven games to lead Carolina.

In four home games this season, he has thrown for three TDs (4 INT) and an average of 204.2 yards. D’Onta Foreman has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 49.7 yards a game through 13 games.

He has four touchdowns. DJ Moore has been the primary target in the Panthers’ aerial attack. He has five touchdowns and a 48.4 yard per game average through 14 appearances.


Detroit is pursuing a fourth successive win away from home this season.

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Detroit Lions (-145)

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