The Lions are probably looking at a 9-7 season, but that might not be enough to get them into the postseason. Detroit lost to playoff contenders Atlanta, Carolina and New Orleans and won’t play another NFC contender outside of the division again this season. The Lions would still have to overtake the Falcons (4-4), Redskins (4-4), Cardinals (4-4), Seahawks (5-3) and Cowboys (5-3) just to get the sixth seed.
So while Florida State cruised to a 77-6 win, the game was determined as a “no contest” in the betting world since games aren’t official until 55 minutes are played. It wasn’t a loss for those who laid the 52 points, but it wasn’t a win either. Now at 0-9-1 ATS this season, the Seminoles are in danger of becoming just the second FBS team in 25 seasons to go winless against the number.
But if the Titans really want to vie for the division, they’ll need Marcus Mariota to take over more games. The QB has a good Pro Football Focus grade despite not putting up big numbers, ranking No. 8 at the position to match his jersey number. With rookie first-rounder Corey Davis back at wideout, Mariota is up to a full complement of receivers. Coach Mike Mularkey also has been committed to letting Mariota take off and run more often to spark the offense.
The weather conditions, specifically heavy winds, contributed to this game’s low over/under of 42. It certainly looked like those bettors on the over were going to breeze to a win as LSU led 30-10 late in the third quarter. Needing just three more points to be scored, Tennessee reached the LSU 7-yard line before eventually turning it over on downs.