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Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Online NFL Betting Picks

Posted by: Charlie Smith

Halfway through the online NFL betting season, and the NFC North is still very much up for grabs. Having said that, it’s clear that this weekend’s Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings matchup will be of vital importance for the division. The Lions are coming off a disheartening loss to the Seahawks and will be looking to work their way back to a .500 record. The Vikings on the other hand, just recently got a 3-game winning streak snapped by the Saints and will be vying for a rebound. So, what kind of matchup are the sportsbook betting odds predicting for this Week 9 pairing?

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings – Sunday, November 4th       

When: 1:00 pm ET

Where: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

TV: Fox

Stream: Fox Sports Go, NFL Game Pass

Online NFL Betting Odds:

Lions +4½ (-110) 49 (-115)   +188
Vikings -4½ (-110) 49 (-105) -225
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Detroit Lions      

The Lions pounce into this weekend’s NFC North contest sporting a 3-4 record that pegs them as the worst team in the division. However, since the division is currently led by the 4-3 Chicago Bears, it’s safe to say that Detroit’s season is far from over. However, with a 2-2 record in their last 4 games, the Lions will need better results moving forward if they’re serious about making the playoffs. Surprisingly, the online NFL betting odds are giving Detroit a fighting chance on the road this Sunday. However, when looking at the numbers, it’s easy to see why the odds think Detroit has a legitimate shot of winning this NFC North matchup. For starters the Lions are scoring 24.4 per game which is right on par with the 24.6 that Minnesota scores. Similarly the Vikings defense has failed to live up to its hype as it’s giving up 24.4 per game, which isn’t much better than the 26.6 that Detroit allots. With a couple of big plays this weekend, Detroit could find themselves on the winning side of a divisional rivalry.

Players to Watch: Matthew Stafford (1,912 passing yards, 14 TD, 6 INT), Kerryon Johnson (466 rushing yards, 1 TD, 0 F), and Golden Tate (517 receiving yards, 3 TD, 44 REC).

Minnesota Vikings   

The Vikes enter this Week 9 matchup sporting a 4-3-1 record that ranks them as the 2nd best team in the division. Coming off a 30-20 loss to the Saints, Minnesota needs a win this Sunday to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Bears are 4-3 at the moment and the 3-3-1 Packers still haven’t given up on the postseason, so it’s going to be a tight race in the NFC North this season. Surprisingly, the Vikings are 4-6 in their last 10 against Detroit. With that in mind, it’s clear that Stafford knows exactly how to get the job done against the Vikings. Considering that Minnesota has already had some very poor outings on defense his season, it wouldn’t be shocking to see them give up some points to Detroit this weekend. Ultimately it’ll be up to Kirk Cousins, who got a massive contract this past offseason, to ensure that Minnesota doesn’t fall to 4-4-1.

Players to Watch: Kirk Cousins (2,521 passing yards, 16 TD, 4 INT), Latavius Murray (386 rushing yards, 4 TD, 0 F), and Adam Thielen (925 receiving yards, 6 TD, 74 REC).     

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Betting Predictions


  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
  • Detroit is 4-16 SU in its last 20 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
  • Detroit is 4-7-2 ATS in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota’s last 8 games at home
  • Minnesota is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
  • Minnesota is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Betting Picks

So which side should mobile betting fans take in Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings matchup? All things considered, the Lions look like an alright upset pick for this Sunday’s lineup. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 33-27 Detroit.