Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings 12/08/2019 Spread, Picks and Preview
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings 12/08/2019 – If you’re monitoring betonline sportsbook, you must have noticed the sudden surge in bets. The game of the Detroit Lions (3-8) against the Minnesota Vikings (8-4) is getting much-deserved attention. The Lions are disadvantaged underdogs, but it would be interesting to see them score an unexpected win against a middle-tier NFL team.
Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings 12/08/2019
The Lions fell short against the Chicago Bears in their previous matchup. They posted a 24-20 loss. QB David Blough was undeterred, going for 22/38 with 280 air yards. He connected 2 thrown TDs and an interception. Bo Scarbrough was the rush master, carrying the ball 21 times for a total of 83 yards. Kenny Golladay was the receivers’ toast with 4 catches worth 158 yards.
The Detriot Lions actually posted good stats. However, their opponent nullified their performance with even better stats. The Lions rushed for 26 out of 66 plays. The mixed offense helped them gain 331 yards. The opponent responded by exerting extra effort on offense and covering a superior 419 yards.
Another pitfall of the Lions was not clamping up on defense. They allowed the opponent to connect way too many throws at 76% throw completion rate. The Lions were also unable to stop 23 rush attempts. These defense lapses plus the uneven yardage gain all contributed to the Lions’ defeat.
Players to watch:
M. Stafford QB (8 GP 187 CMP 291 ATT 64.3 CMP% 2499 YDS 8.6 AVG 320.6 YDS/G 66 LNG 19 TD 5 INT 18 SACK 137 SYL 73.1 QBR 106 RTG), K. Johnson RB (6 GP 92 ATT 308 YDS 3.3 AVG 14 LNG 0 BIG 2 TDS 51.3 YDS/G 1 FUM 1 LST 16 FD), B. Scarbrough RB (3 GP 53 ATT 236 YDS 4.5 AVG 30 LNG 2 BIG 1 TDS 78.7 YDS/G 1 FUM 1 LST 11 FD).
The Vikings tried to step up against the Seattle Seahawks but were repulsed with a high-scoring loss. The Vikings ended with a 37-30 scoreboard. QB Kirk Cousins was going for 22/38 with 276 passing yards. He connected 2 thrown TDs plus an interception. Dalvin Cook rushed for a TD. He also posted 9 rush attempts for an extra 29 yards. Laquon Treadwell was the top receiver with only 1 catch for 58 yards.
The Vikings were unable to keep up with the offensive blitz oft heir opponents. They utilized the rush attempt only 14 out of 52 plays. The dominantly rush-based tactic was unsuccessful because the opponent applied defensive pressure. The Vikings pegged a total of 354 yards against their opponents’ 444.
The Vikings didn’t present a good defense either. They only limited their opponents’ throws to a 68% completion rate. But the worst part was the rush defense. The Vikings virtually let the opponents score for the win with 43 rush attempts.
Players to watch:
K. Cousins QB (11 GP 226 CMP 320 ATT 70.6 CMP% 2756 YDS 8.6 AVG 255.1 YDS/G 66 LNG 21 TD 3 INT 22 SACK 158 SYL 64.3 QBR 114.8 RTG), D. Cook RB (11 GP 214 ATT 1017 YDS 4.8 AVG 75 LNG 7 BIG 11 TDS 92.5 YDS/G 2 FUM 1 LST 54 FD 11 GP 45 REC 54 TGTS 455 YDS 10.1 AVG 0 TD 31 LNG 7 BIG 41.4 YDS/G 0 FUM 0 LST 533 YAC 22 FD), A. Mattison RB (11 GP 82 ATT 394 YDS 4.8 AVG 35 LNG 4 BIG 1 TDS 35.8 YDS/G 1 FUM 1 LST 16 FD).
Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings Betting Numbers
Lions are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games.
Vikings are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings Betting Picks
Several sports books websites are calling for a Minnesota win. Their estimated endgame score is 13.5 against 35.4. The winning score will cover the spread, with a total going over.