The NFL is set up with another strong week of action on Sunday. Twelve games are up on the board throughout December 5. One of these matchups will be between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions. These two teams have not been great on the season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will kick off at around 1:00 PM Eastern time.
Minnesota has earned a record of 5-6 to start out this season, which has them sitting in second place of the NFC North. The Vikings are coming off a loss in their last game, which ended a two game winning streak. Minnesota met up with the San Francisco 49ers in their last matchup. San Francisco’s offense dominated in route to a 34-26 win.
The Lions have put up a record of 0-10-1 throughout this season, which has them in last place of the NFL. Detroit is the only winless team on the year and will search to finally get in the win column in this one. The Lions are coming off a loss on Thanksgiving to the Chicago Bears. The Bears were able to kick a field goal as time expired to earn a 16-14 win.
These two teams have not been great early in the season, but the Vikings have been the better overall team so far. Minnesota has been up and down all season and will look to get back to .500. The Lions have not found any rhythm throughout this season. If either team can come out fast in this one though, it could be enough for the win.
Vikings vs. Lions Live Odds and Betting History
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Minnesota Vikings||-7 (-120)||-330||Over 47 (-105)|
|Detroit Lions||+7 (+100)||+275||Under 47 (-115)|
|Betting Data||Minnesota Vikings||Detroit Lions|
|2021 ATS Home||2-3||3-2|
|2021 ATS Away||4-2||4-2|
|2021 O/U Home||1-4||2-3|
|2021 O/U Away||5-1||1-5|
Vikings vs. Lions NFL Game Preview
The Vikings and Lions already met up once this season in Week 5. Alexander Mattison had a touchdown early as the Vikings had an early lead. D’Andre Swift had a rushing touchdown for Detroit to give the Lions a 17-16 lead late. Greg Joseph hit a 54 yard field goal as time expired to help lead Minnesota to a 19-17 win.
These two teams have met up 120 times throughout their histories. The Vikings lead the all-time series with a record of 79-39-2. Minnesota has won eight games in a row against the Lions and will look to stay hot in this one. Detroit will look to finally turn things around and grab a much needed win against the Vikings in Week 13.
These two teams do not look much different from the last time they met up early in the season. Dalvin Cook will be out again in this one, which means Alexander Mattison will start at running back for Minnesota. Jared Goff and Kirk Cousins will both likely be under center. Both teams have faced some injures as well and will look for some players to step up in this one.
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Opening Odds and Line Movement
The line for this matchup opened up at -4 in favor of the Vikings. The spread for this game has grown to -7 for Minnesota with a couple of days before kickoff.
The over/ under in this game started at 46 points. The total has moved a little bit, reaching 47 points. The line makes sense with both offenses struggling a bit on the season.
The spread for this game has reached 7 points with a couple of days before kickoff, which is a lot of points for a divisional game. Despite the gap in records, Detroit was able to keep this game close on the road and will be looking for a win at home on Sunday.
Head to Head Betting Trends
- Vikings 8-2 SU in last 10 games
- Vikings 6-4 ATS in last 10 matchups
- Under 6-4 in last 10 meetings
- Over 3-2 in last five games in Detroit
Minnesota Vikings Betting Trends
- 2-2 SU as favorite
- 1-3 ATS as favorite
- 2-0 SU against division
- 1-1 ATS against division
- 3-3 SU in Dome games
- 3-3 ATS in Dome games
- 1-0 SU against team with losing record
- 0-1 ATS against team with losing record
Detroit Lions Betting Trends
- 0-10-1 SU as an underdog
- 7-4 ATS as an underdog
- 0-4 SU against division
- 2-2 ATS against division
- 0-6 SU in Dome games
- 4-2 ATS in Dome games
- 0-4 SU against team with losing record
- 2-2 ATS against team with losing record
Free Bet and Game Prediction: Detroit Lions +7 (+100)
These two teams have not been great on the season, but I expect an exciting divisional matchup as they meet up on Sunday afternoon. Detroit has not found a win this season, but have a surprising 7-4 record against the spread this season. I believe that this is another game the Lions can keep close. Detroit is looking for their first win in a while against the Vikings.
Kirk Cousins has been really strong at Quarterback for Minnesota throughout this season. Cousins has thrown for 3013 yards, 23 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on the season. He has also rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown. Jared Goff has struggled in his first season with the Lions. Goff has passed for 2280 yards, 10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
This game is listed with a touchdown spread, which I think is a lot of points for a divisional matchup. Detroit has not found a win this season, but have been knocking on the door all season. The Lions might not find a way to win this one, but I think they can keep it close again. I am taking Detroit with the points in a matchup with two struggling teams.
Vikings vs. Lions Betting Recap:
- Oddmaker: BetOnline
- Money Lines: Minnesota Vikings (-330) vs. Detroit Lions (+275)
- Spread: Lions +7 (+100)
- Over/Under: 47 Points
- Prediction: Vikings 24 – Lions 20