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Detroit Lions 3-8-1 (5-7 ATS) are playing Minnesota Vikings 8-4 (6-6 ATS) on Dec 8, 2019, 1:00pm ET at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings opened at -12.5 in Vegas and the current line is MIN -13.
This weeks NFC North battle features the Detroit Lions 3-8-1 (5-7 ATS) going on the road the face the Minnesota Vikings 8-4 (6-6 ATS) on Sunday Afternoon. These two teams have not met since week seven when the Vikings beat the Lions on the road by the score of 42-30.
Matt Patricia has a lot to look forward to next year but this years team has been a disappointment. The Lions have a 3-8-1 record which is bad enough to have them in last place in the NFC North division. To add insult to injury, the Lions have lost each of their last five games with all of those games being decided by 8 points or less. Most of Detroit's struggles have been due to injuries to several key players on its roster. They have found somediamonds in the ruff going forward but it wont mater much for this year. Leading the Lions this week offensively is quarterback David Blough who has barely any NFL experience. Through just one game, he has 280 passing yards along with two passing touchdowns. The only reason why he is getting playing time is due to injuries to quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Jeff Driskel. Either way, Blough will look to make the most of his opportunity moving forward and build off the momentum he had on Thanksgiving. Defensively, Detroit has been a disgrace up to this point. The Lions are allowing 26.2 points per game which ranks 25th in the entire league. In addition, the Lions are allowing 398.1 yards per game which ranks 29th in the league. Now, Detroit will look to use the added preparation time to put together a good defensive game-plan for Sunday to slow down this Vikings attack that hung 42 on the earlier this year.
This is a huge game for Minnesota as they come into this game with an 8-4 record and hanging on to the last wildcard spot in the NFC. However, the Vikings were unable to get a victory last week against the Seahawks as they eventually lost on Monday Night Football by the score of 37-30. As a result, Minnesota is still one game behind Green Bay for first place in the NFC North but need to win this game to keep pace for a later showdown. Leading the Vikings offensively is running back Dalvin Cook who has been great this season with 1,046 yards along with 12 rushing touchdowns. In addition, Cook also has 490 receiving yards so he has been extremely useful in a variety of ways. However, he is currently suffering from a chest injury that did not look good on Monday and forced him to miss the remainder of the game and probably cost them a win. A quote that came out this week from Dalvin is pretty telling, “I don’t think this thing can get any worse,” Cook said via Courtney Cronin of ESPN. “I just think us being smart about it on Monday night was the best thing for what we have going forward. That was the best thing, to shut it down on Monday night, so I can be ready to roll on Sunday.” Defensively, Minnesota has been pretty good but not great up to this point. The Vikings are allowing 20.2 points per game which ranks 11th in the entire league. In addition, the Vikings are allowing 347.4 yards per game which ranks 16th in the league. However, Minnesota's defense gave up 37 points last week to Seattle so it will need to play a lot better at home in this game. They will look to get after an inexperienced QB and hopefully create pressure that leads to a couple turn overs.
Im taking the points here with Detroit. Even though Minnesota is the much better team, the spot definitely benefits Detroit. Since they were given a few extra days of preparation because it played on Thanksgiving, Minnesota has to play on a short week since it played on Monday so I think that Detroit should be able to cover this number. Plus, Minnesota is dealing with an injury to one of its best offensive players so he will not be at 100% for this game. Give me the road team and the 2 TD cushion here.
This should be a blowout win for the 8-4 Vikings, but theyre playing on a short week after a Monday night loss at Seattle and will be without the services of Adam Thielen today. The Lions are rested, David Blough has had a lot more time to prepare and the team should play a little more freely with nothing to lose now that its eliminated from the playoffs. This line is simply too thick today. Betting pick: Vikings 27, Lions 20
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Betting Prediction for Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings on December 08, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
Free Betting Prediction: Minnesota will Win , Cover the Spread , and the Total will go Over .
The Minnesota Vikings are 4-0 SU and ATS in their last four games against the Detroit Lions, winning those four games by an average margin of 13 points. The Vikings will look to keep that streak going with a victory over the Lions this Sunday. Original matchup: http://bit.ly/37NMOXb