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

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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


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)


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)

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Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Recap OCT 10TH 2021

Greg Joseph kicked a 54-yard field goal as time expired and the Minnesota Vikings escaped after squandering a late 10-point lead, beating the winless Detroit Lions 19-17 in Minneapolis on Sunday.

A pair of pass plays from Kirk Cousins to Adam Thielen totaling 40 yards set up the winning kick. Detroit had gone ahead with 37 seconds remaining on D'Andre Swift's scoring run and a two-point conversion pass.

Minnesota (2-3) defeated Detroit (0-5) for the eighth consecutive time.

Alexander Mattison rushed for 113 yards and also caught a touchdown pass from Cousins. Mattison started in place of Dalvin Cook, who was inactive due to an ankle injury. Cousins completed 25 of 34 passes for 275 yards.

Jared Goff passed for 203 yards for the Lions, who also lost to Baltimore on a last-second field goal this season. Swift had a combined 104 yards rushing and receiving.

The Vikings took a 13-6 halftime lead.

The Lions struck first on Austin Seibert's 39-yard field goal.

Joseph tied it with a 38-yard field goal on Minnesota's first possession.

Following a Detroit turnover, Joseph connected on another 38-yard try.

The first touchdown came on an 88-yard drive. Justin Jefferson had receptions of 14 and 22 yards, setting up Cousins' 15-yard scoring strike to Mattison.

The Lions cut their deficit to seven points on Seibert's 52-yard field goal during the final minute of the half.

Joseph drilled a 55-yard field goal with 4:28 remaining to give the Vikings a two-possession cushion. Cousins completed five passes on that drive.

Goff was sacked on consecutive plays on Detroit's next possession as it turned the ball over on downs.

The Lions made it a seven-point game with 2:30 remaining on Seibert's 40-yard field goal.

A Mattison fumble with 1:56 left at his own 20-yard line, recovered by Jalen Reeves-Maybin, gave the Lions another chance. They took advantage on Swift's 7-yard run up the middle. KhaDarel Hodge caught Goff's heave near the back of the end zone to put the Lions ahead 17-16.

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