A key NFC North divisional showdown will unfold during the early slate of Sunday’s NFL action as the Detroit Lions will head to Minnesota to take on the improving Vikings.
The Vikes secured a surprise victory last week over Green Bay. They finally played to their potential, and despite holding a 2-5 record at the moment, there’s still a path to playoff success in a wide-open NFC. Winning vs. the banged-up Lions though is definitely a must.
The same has to be said for Detroit at the moment, who enter with a 3-4 record and have shown big signs of improving lately. They faced a bit of a scare earlier in the week with Matthew Stafford testing positive for COVID-19, though consecutive negative tests have reportedly cleared him.
In a big divisional clash, winning this game is simply crucial for the post-season implications of both sides. It should produce an exciting game, and we’ve got you covered right here at The Sports Geek. Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for further game analysis and a wagering prediction for Sunday’s NFC North clash.
Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Betting Odds:
Detroit Lions +4 (-110)
@ Minnesota Vikings -4 (-110)
Over 51.5 (-110)
Under 51.5 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Pick:
Although Kenny Golladay is slated to be out for the Lions here in Week 9, this remains a talented offense and one that seems to be rounding into form. Marvin Jones and T.J. Hockenson remain reliable pass-catchers, and should be able to find space downfield against some poor Minnesota corners.
On the ground, the Lions are also showing some big progression in this department, especially when they hand the ball off to D’Andre Swift. The rookie runner is showing excellent burst, and though veteran Adrian Peterson has put together an impressive career, it’s clearly time to move on. If Swift carries the load, the Lions have a legitimate run game.
On the other side of the ball, Dalvin Cook remains a threatening runner and someone who the Lions will need to truly focus on. He was dominant last week vs. Green Bay, though expect Detroit to pay extra attention and load the box against the Pro-Bowl runner. Instead, the Lions will make Kirk Cousins try and beat them downfield. Cousins has been better since the emergence of Justin Jefferson alongside Adam Thielen, though with Detroit getting pressure – it will be interesting to see how Cousins responds.
While Minnesota looked awesome last week, don’t get suckered into thinking that is what’s to come. Detroit should be able to score at will on this Minnesota defense, and right now it seems that this line is inflated to reflect Matt Stafford’s preparation this week. While he did have an inconsistent practice week, Stafford is a veteran and should be able to put together a solid outing against a weakened secondary. Expect the Vikings to lack intensity coming off of a big win last week, and their injuries could be their downfall. Lions win outright in Week 9.