3 best Detroit Lions bets for Week 5 vs. Carolina Panthers

Here's a look at our best Detroit Lions bets for Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers.

Before we dive into Week 5's Detroit Lions best bets, let's do the usual weekly review and see how Week 4's bets did.

TE Sam LaPorta, Over 4.5 Receptions (+116, FanDuel, +130, Draft Kings): 4 receptions
RB Jahmyr Gibbs, Anytime touchdown (+125, FanDuel; +120, DraftKings): No touchdowns
DE Aidan Hutchinson, Over .75 Sacks (+150, DraftKings): 1.5 sacks

The Hutchinson sack bet saved the bacon in Week 4. Now it's on to Week 5, with the 3-1 Lions hosting the 0-4 Carolina Panthers. Detroit has been a massive favorite all week long, either 9.5 or 10 points depending on your preferred sportsbook.

With the sportsbook you can find each bet on noted, here are our three best Detroit Lions bets for Week 5 against the Panthers.

3 best Detroit Lions bets for Week 5 vs. Panthers

RB David Montgomery, 80-plus rushing yards (+115, DraftKings)

Montgomery has a great matchup against the 27th-ranked Panthers' run defense. All five running back that have had at least 10 carries against Carolina his season has scored or had at least 98 total yards. All three with at least 15 carries have rushed for a least 75 yards.

Jahmyr Gibbs was a late addition to the injury report for the Lions with a hamstring issue. He may play, but if he does some injury-forced limitation feels certain. So it'll be Montgomery as the unquestioned lead back on Sunday, with Craig Reynolds and possibly Zonovan Knight sprinkled in if Gibbs is out.

One of our Week 5 prop bets, prior to Gibbs' new injury popping up, involved Montgomery going over a yardage mark. 80 or more rushing yards, at plus-money? Yes please.

WR Josh Reynolds, 60-plus Receiving Yards (+170, DraftKings)

Reynolds has been battling a groin injury during the week lately, but was a full participant in Friday's practice and he appears set to play on Sunday. And with Amon-Ra St. Brown (abdomen) listed as doubtful and possibly a Saturday downgrade, Reynolds is lined up to be Jared Goff's de facto No. 1 wide receiver on Sunday.

Reynolds has topped 65 yards in three of four games this season, with a zero-catch, zero target game in Week 3.

It'd be smart to make sure Reynolds is active an hour-and-half before Sunday's kickoff before locking in any bets on. The opportunity is definitely in front of him to clear 60 receiving yards.

DE Charles Harris, Over .25 sacks (+114, DraftKings)

As expected, an over bet on .75 sacks for Aidan Hutchinson is no longer plus-money. So I'll shift toward Harris, who has 1.5 sacks and eight quarterback pressures so far this season, here. The Panthers are allowing 3.5 sacks per game, and Harris will get a dose of Panthers' left tackle Ikem Ekwonu on Sunday,

Ekwonu is not an awful player, but the last time he was in a tough road environment (Week 3 at Seattle), he committed four of Carolina's eight false starts. Ford Field will surely be an issue for him on Sunday, in terms of penalties or getting off the ball quickly enough to capably protect Bryce Young's blindside when he can't hear.

Just a half-sack on Sunday will cash this prop bet on Harris, and it would not be a surprise if it happens quickly.

Note: Odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.


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