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Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 25th 2022

NFL | FOOTBALL
TV: FOX
Logo Detroit Lions
VS
Logo Minnesota Vikings
50
OPENNER
-9

50.5o -115
CURRENT
-6.5 -110

+227
MONEYLINE
-286

24
SCORE
28

Another NFC North rivalry is set for week 3, as the Detroit Lions face the Minnesota Vikings. With a record of 1-1, the Lions are coming off of a 36-27 win over the Washington Commanders. Facing the Vikings is going to be a slightly taller task than beating the Commanders, however. They’ll need a lot of help from their defense to seal a win, but that’s not our main concern.

The main concern for this week 3 match-up is who can cover the spread. The Minnesota Vikings come into the game as seven-point favorites after a strong week 1. For the Vikings to win this game, they’ll need to slow down the fast-paced Lions offense. We’ve seen a few glimpses of intensity from the Vikings defense already this year. So, who will come out on top this weekend?

Lions vs. Vikings Betting Lines

TV: FOX

MONEY LINE: Lions (+260) vs. Vikings (-320)

SPREAD: Lions +7 (-110) vs. Vikings -7 (-110)

GAME TOTAL: Over 52.5 (-110) vs. Under 52.5 (-110)

Lions vs. Vikings Preview, Stats and Trends

As the Detroit Lions head into this game, morale is definitely pretty high. They put up a whopping 36 points, beating the 35 points they put up in week 1. This team has found a way to generate offense even without the top names in the NFL. Let’s look at how they did it in week 2.

In their game against the Washington Commanders, Lions QB Jared Goff threw four touchdowns. Along with the touchdowns, Goff threw for 256 yards and didn’t turn it over a single time. His ability to protect the ball while taking calculated risks is what resulted in a week 2 win.

The biggest test for the Lions in this game is how they’ll stop Vikings WR Justin Jefferson. Jefferson has been an incredible target for Vikings QB Kirk Cousins so far this season. They could double him, but that would leave another receiver of the Vikings wide open.

Speaking of receivers, the Vikings will need to find other ways to get players involved on offense. Using Justin Jefferson is fine, but it’s not sustainable for the rest of the season. As they head into week 3, we’d like to see the Vikings spread the ball around a lot more this week.

In week 1, the Vikings defense only allowed 7 points, a remarkable feat against Aaron Rodgers. Still, they can’t underestimate the ability of the Detroit Lions, a team they’ve lost to several times. Getting after Jared Goff should be priority number one, earning a few sacks in week 3.

This week will come down to the secondary of the Minnesota Vikings. If they can prevent the Lions wide receivers from getting open downfield, they should win this game. Covering a seven-point spread might be a little different, considering most of these games stay close.

Lions vs. Vikings Predictions

Over the last three meetings between these two, the Lions have covered the spread three times. Their most recent game resulted in a 29-27 win over the Vikings, but they were at home. Although we don’t think the Lions will win this game, we do believe they’ll cover. The Lions history against the spread when playing the Vikings is too impressive.

Both of these offenses have players that are capable of running up the score. The spread being set at 52.5 is slightly too high for us to take, however. Instead, we’ll go with the under in this game, as the Vikings have a strong defensive presence.

Final Score: 27-23 (Vikings)

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Minnesota Vikings are 8-2 in their last 10 games against the Lions.

2. The Detroit Lions have a 3-0 record against the spread in their last three games against Minnesota.

3. Guard Jonah Jackson (DET) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Best Bet: Detroit Lions +7 (-110) and Under 52.5 (-110)

PREDICTION
Detroit Lions
23
29
Minnesota Vikings

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Recap SEP 25TH 2022

Kirk Cousins connected with K.J. Osborn on a 28-yard touchdown pass with 45 seconds left as the host Minnesota Vikings rallied for a 28-24 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Cousins completed 24 of 41 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns. Osborn had five receptions for 73 yards for the Vikings (2-1).

Dalvin Cook rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries but suffered a shoulder injury late in the third quarter and did not return.

Jamaal Williams carried 20 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns for Detroit (1-2). Jared Goff completed 25 of 41 passes for 277 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Detroit's Austin Seibert missed a 54-yard field goal with 1:10 left, leading to the Vikings' winning drive that went 56 yards on just three plays. Josh Metellus picked off Goff's desperation heave with nine seconds left.

Both teams missed long field goal attempts during their opening possessions. On its next drive, Detroit converted a fourth down on a 30-yard pass from Goff to Amon-Ra St. Brown. Williams scored on a 2-yard run on the next play.

The Lions converted two more fourth-down situations during their next possession. They finished off the 12-play, 70-yard drive with Goff's 5-yard pass to tight end T.J. Hockenson.

A pass interference call against Detroit helped the Vikings score their first touchdown. Cousins found wide-open Adam Thielen from a yard out on the next play.

Cook scored on a 4-yard run with 1:12 left in the half to pull the Vikings even at 14.

The Lions regained the lead midway through the third quarter on Seibert's 40-yard field goal. Greg Joseph missed a 56-yard field goal on Minnesota's next possession.

Williams cut to his right and scored from 13 yards out with 2:08 left in the quarter to give Detroit a 24-14 advantage.

Alexander Mattison, who replaced Cook, scored on a 6-yard run with 7:50 remaining to pull Minnesota within three points.

Williams was stopped for no gain on a fourth-and-1 at the Vikings' 30 with 3:30 remaining. However, Minnesota turned the ball over on downs with 2:32 left.

--Field Level Media

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