An all-NFC North match-up highlights the Week 7 schedule as the Minnesota Vikings are eager to string some wins together, and they’ll travel to the Motor City to do battle with a reeling Lions squad. Much more was expected from both these teams in 2015, but so far sluggish starts and inconsistency has prevailed. Neither Matthew Stafford or Teddy Bridgewater have looked all that great, and while you get the feeling that the Lions season is likely over at 1-5, with a 3-2 record Bridgewater and his Vikings are pushing hard for that post-season berth despite their poor outings of late. It’s a divisional clash loaded with intrigue and we’ve got you covered here at The Sports Geek. Feel free to read on below for a detailed game breakdown and my featured selection!
Vikings vs. Lions Betting Odds:
Minnesota Vikings -1.5 (-110)
@ Detroit Lions +1.5 (-110)
Over 44.5 (-110)
Under 44.5 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Vikings vs. Lions Pick:
Truth be told, I’m a little bit baffled by the spread in this game, especially given how pathetic the Lions looked at home last week in a narrow victory over an equally awful Bears team. Detroit avoided the stigma of remaining winless, but did so in an ugly fashion and likely deserved to lose that game had it not been for some fortuitous bounces down the stretch.
Minnesota is 3-2 and are the better team in virtually every area. Their minds are squarely focused on reaching the post-season in 2015, and should dispose of their rival Lions quite easily on Sunday afternoon. It starts in the backfield with Adrian Peterson. The workhorse RB should run all over a porous front of the Lions as Detroit ranks just 23rd in the NFL in that category. This is the same stop unit that conceded 191 yards on the ground to Chris Johnson and the Cardinals. Expect a big outing from A-Pete today.
Peterson gashing on the ground will likely open things up for Bridgewater to throw and move from the pocket. Bridegwater has shown improvements thus far game-to-game in 2015 and that should continue against a bad Lions secondary. Detroit ranks dead-last in all of the NFL in yards allowed per pass attempt, and no signs of improvement or help are coming. Jay Cutler threw all over this defense in Week 6, and look for similar results from Bridgewater and his arsenal of talented and speedy receivers.
Detroit’s offense has struggled so far this year. Matthew Stafford hasn’t been good enough and even though his stats looked good last week vs. Chicago, the Bears defense cannot compare to a tough Vikings stop unit. Minnesota’s secondary is among the best in the league right now, ranking top-10 in most defensive categories and they get to the opposing quarterback with reckless abandon. They pressure on basically every drop-back and look for these Vikings’ rushers to be getting in Stafford’s grill early and often on Sunday. As most know, the Lions’ O-Line isn’t the greatest, and this could be a huge mismatch and pose real problems offensively for Detroit.
This is a great match-up for the Vikings. Areas they’re weak in, the Lions can’t exploit – and areas they’re strong in are where the Lions seem most vulnerable. The Vikings are just the better team, playing better football, and have more to play for. The Lions are in a tough spot coming off that emotional OT victory in Week 6 and depart for London next week. I think the Vikings roll on Sunday.
PICK = Vikings -1.5 (-110)