A big-time NFC North divisional clash will take place during the early slate of Week 7 action as the Minnesota Vikings look to continue their good run in the Motor City taking on the Detroit Lions.
For the Vikes, they’ve silenced the doubters of late and that has to feel good for much maligned quarterback Kirk Cousins. After torching the Eagles and Giants in consecutive weeks, many feel good about the offense of the 4-2 Vikes. The divisional title is within their grasp, and a win in Detroit could be critical to sealing it.
However, the Lions aren’t the pushover in 2019 many expected them to be. They have talent on both sides of the football, and although they enter with a 2-2-1 record, it could and likely should be better. Detroit was screwed last week by the officials on Monday Night Football in Green Bay, having numerous calls go against them at critical points in the game. Look for the Lions to try and shake it off, return home, and get back on track against another tough divisional foe.
It is always special when two divisional opponents go head-to-head, and given the urgency of the Lions especially, it should make for a great matchup. As always, read on below the odds for a game breakdown, analysis, and betting prediction as we look to enhance our record betting the NFL this year. Enjoy!
Vikings vs. Lions Betting Odds:
Minnesota Vikings -2.5 (-116)
@ Detroit Lions +2.5 (-104)
Over 43.5 (+100)
Under 43.5 (-120)
Vikings vs. Lions Pick:
I am a big advocate of occasionally reviewing advance spreads in games to get a sense of the market before recent events had unfolded. Minnesota was not favoured in this match, until they throttled the Giants and Eagles in back-to-back weeks. Kirk Cousins looked good again and now many in the betting public believe that Vikings are the team to beat in the NFC.
That isn’t the case yet and I’m not boarding the Kirk Cousins hype train either, just because he shredded a couple of porous secondaries his past two starts. It’s going to be a much different beast in Week 7 against a Detroit squad that has shown it’s hungry, and one in which will be motivated following the contentious events of last week at Lambeau Field. Detroit boasts an elite secondary and Justin Coleman should be able to limit Adam Thielen running from the slot.
At the line of scrimmage, the edge also goes to the Lions’ defensive line personnel. They possess a pretty dominating pass rush and expect Cousins to be hurried and rushed with regularity on Sunday. This of course will also limit Dalvin Cook’s ability to move the chains and find holes within the run game. Don’t be surprised if we see the Minnesota offense from three weeks ago in that dreadful trip to Chicago when they mustered 0 points.
On the other side of the ball, the Lions’ offense continues to be one of the more surprising units this season. Matt Stafford is receiving excellent blocking and as a result, is enjoying a great statistical season. Detroit is throwing the ball more, and that could pose a problem for the Vikings’ defense. Xavier Rhodes isn’t grading out as well as he has in previous years, while the Minnesota linebackers have had issues in coverage all season long. Stafford has a ton of talented weapons, so look for the likes of Kenny Golladay, T.J. Hockenson, and Marvin Jones to all be in line for big games.
Even though it’s short rest for the Lions, the travel hasn’t been tough. Though they did endure an unfair defeat last Monday, Detroit has said all of the right things in their camp about the importance of bouncing back against Minnesota in Week 7. Detroit is a way better team than many expect, and a better team right now on both sides of the football than the Vikings. Don’t let their recent losses fool you, back Detroit as home underdogs is the smart money for Sunday.