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Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions Betting Preview & Picks

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions

The race for the NFL betting online playoffs is getting tighter every day. Right now the Vikings are in the running for the 6th seed in the NFC. However, things could change this very weekend depending on how this Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions matchup pans out. So what kind of turnout are the NFL legal betting odds predicting? Let’s take a look at the lines to find out.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions – Sunday, December 23rd  

When: 1:00 pm ET

Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

TV: Fox

Stream: Fox Sports Go, NFL Game Pass

NFL Betting Online Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Vikings -5 (-115) 42½ (-110)   +170
Lions +5 (-105) 42½ (-110) +203
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Minnesota Vikings          

The Vikings charge into this Sunday’s contest sporting a 7-6-1 record that ranks them 2nd overall in the NFC North. With the Chicago Bears having already clinched the division, it’s up to Minnesota to clinch a Wild Card berth now. As aforementioned they’re currently sitting on the No. 6 seed in the conference. But with Washington and Philadelphia both sitting on 7-7 records, Minnesota certainly cannot afford a loss this weekend. Looking over the numbers though, it’s clear that Minnesota shouldn’t have too hard of a time edging out this win come Sunday. Right now they’re scoring 23.1 per game and are giving up 22.0. For comparison the Lions are scoring 20.3 and are giving up 23.8 themselves.

Players to Watch: Kirk Cousins (3,913 passing yards, 26 TD, 10 INT), Latavius Murray (538 rushing yards, 6 TD, 0 F), and Adam Thielen (1,255 receiving yards, 9 TD, 1 F).

Detroit Lions  

The Lions jump into this weekend’s contest sporting a 5-9 record that ranks them dead last in the NFC North. Having already been eliminated from playoff contention, the Lions will be gunning to spoil the Vikings’ evening this weekend. But since the first time these two met the contest ended 24-9 in Minnesota’s favor, not too many people will be taking Detroit this weekend. The Lions may be playing at home here but even that won’t be enough to tilt the scales in their direction.

Players to Watch: Matthew Stafford (3,395 passing yards, 19 TD, 11 INT), Kerryon Johnson (641 rushing yards, 3 TD, 1 F), and Kenny Golladay (1,005 receiving yards, 5 TD, 64 REC).

Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions Betting Predictions

Trends

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

So which side should mobile betting fans take in this Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions matchup? All things considered, Minnesota is the better option here. The money line is an alright option here but you’d find better value by betting the spread. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 21-14 Minnesota.

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