Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings NFL Pick – Week 5

The NFL is set up with another action packed slate of games throughout Week 5. Fourteen games will be up on the board throughout Sunday. One of these matchups will be between the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings. These two teams have been struggled this season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will kick off at around 1:00 PM Eastern time.

Detroit has earned a record of 0-4 throughout this season, which has them sitting in last place of the NFC North. The Lions are coming off a tough loss to the Chicago Bears. Detroit went 1-5 in the redzone with two turnover and two failed fourth downs. These mistakes helped Chicago earn a 24-14 win. The Lions will look to bounce back in Week 5.

The Vikings have put up a record of 1-3 so far this season, which has them sitting in third place of the NFC North. Minnesota met up with the Cleveland Browns in Week 4. Neither offense could get going in that one. The Vikings put up seven points on their opening drive, but could not muster any more offense. The Browns were able to earn a 14-7 win in this one.

These two teams are coming off rough Week 4 performances and will look to bounce back in this one. Detroit has now fallen in two straight weeks off of their own mistakes. The Vikings still are looking to create consistent offense. If either team can put up some points early in this one, it could be enough to grab the pivotal division win.

Lions vs. Vikings Live Odds and Betting History

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Totals
Detroit Lions +10 (-105) +360 Over 49 ½ (-113)
Minnesota Vikings -10 (-115) -450 Under 49 ½ (-107)


Betting Data Detroit Lions Minnesota Vikings
2021 Record 0-4 1-3
2021 Home 0-2 1-1
2021 Away 0-2 0-2
2021 ATS 1-3 2-2
2021 ATS Home 1-1 1-1
2021 ATS Away 0-2 1-1
2021 O/U 2-2 2-2
2021 O/U Home 1-1 0-2
2021 O/U Away 1-1 2-0

Lions vs. Vikings NFL Game Preview

The Lions and Vikings met up twice throughout last season. The first meeting was in Minnesota in Week 9. Dalvin Cook rushed for two touchdowns as the Vikings were able to earn a 34-20 win at home. The second meeting was in Detroit in Week 17. Kirk Cousins passed for three touchdowns in this one as Minnesota pulled off a close 37-35 win.

These two teams have met up plenty of times throughout their histories. Minnesota has dominated the all-time series with a record of 78-39-2. The Vikings have won seven games in a row entering this one and will look to stay strong against the Lions. Minnesota will look to keep it going with a huge win on Sunday afternoon.

The Vikings look very similar to last season with an offense around Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. Detroit on the other hand look completely different on the offensive side of the ball. Now Jared Goff is the starting Quarterback for the Lions. Goff will look to earn his first win with Detroit in this one.

Opening Odds and Line Movement

The spread for this game opened up at -7 ½ in favor of the Vikings. That line has only grown since the game opened and is not at -10 only a couple of days before kickoff.

The over/under for this one is listed at 49 ½ points. The total has not shifted at all with only a few days until Sunday. This line makes seems a bit high for two offenses that have not looked great and a Vikings defense that held Cleveland to 14 points a week ago.

The spread for this game continues to get bigger, which does not make much sense. Divisional games like this one are going to be more likely to be close. Minnesota has also not looked really impressive early in the season.

Head to Head Betting Trends

  • Vikings 7-3 SU in last 10 matchups
  • Vikings 6-4 ATS in last 10 meetings
  • Under is 6-4 in last 10 games
  • Under is 4-1 in last five games in Minnesota

Detroit Lions Betting Trends

  • 8-27-1 SU in last 36 games
  • 16-20 ATS in last 36 games
  • 5-24 SU in last 29 games as an underdog
  • 14-15 ATS in last 29 games as an underdog
  • 4-12-1 SU in last 17 road games
  • 6-11 ATS in last 17 road games
  • 1-13 SU in last 14 divisional games
  • 7-7 ATS in last 14 divisional games
  • 5-17-1 SU in last 22 dome games
  • 12-11 ATS in last 23 dome games
  • 3-4 SU in last seven October games
  • 3-4 ATS in last seven October games

Minnesota Vikings Betting Trends

  • 19-19 SU in last 38 games
  • 17-21 ATS in last 38 games
  • 14-7 SU in last 21 games as favorite
  • 8-13 ATS in last 21 games as favorite
  • 10-8 SU in last 18 home games
  • 7-11 ATS in last 18 home games
  • 6-6 SU in last 12 divisional games
  • 5-7 ATS in last 12 divisional games
  • 13-11 SU in last 24 dome games
  • 10-14 ATS in last 24 dome games
  • 5-3 SU In last eight October games
  • 5-3 ATS in last eight October games

Free Bet and Game Prediction: Detroit Lions +10 (-105)

Neither one of these teams have been able to get much going so far this season. Detroit is still hunting for their first win, while the Vikings have only won once so far. The Lions have felt close to that first win in the last couple of weeks and I think they could pull off the upset in this one. Detroit has some talent on both sides of the ball and if they can control the pace, I think they will at least keep this game close.

Kirk Cousins will get the start under center for the Vikings in Week 5. Cousins has passed for 1121 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception on the season. Jared Goff will get the nod at Quarterback for Detroit in this one. Goff has thrown for 1100 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Both QB’s will look to control the pace in this one.

The line for this matchup as Minnesota listed as a -10 against the spread. This line gives a big edge to the Vikings entering play on Sunday. I think that this line should be much closer to even. Detroit has had some solid moments this season and if they can clean up their redzone offense, they could pull off this upset. Getting more than a touchdown in a divisional game is great value for the Lions in Week 5.

The Bet
Detroit Lions +10

Lions vs. Vikings Betting Recap:

  • Oddmaker: BetOnline
  • Money Lines: Detroit Lions (+360) vs. Minnesota Vikings (-450)
  • Spread: Lions +10 (-105)
  • Over/Under: 49 ½ Points
  • Prediction: Lions 23 – Vikings 27
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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