Lions at Vikings - 9/20/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Lions (0-1) at Minnesota Vikings (0-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm (TCF Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -3 -- Over/Under: 43 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings square off Sunday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Detroit Lions look to bounce back after blowing a game against the San Diego Chargers. Matthew Stafford is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 246 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Stafford has a touchdown pass in five of his last six games. Eric Ebron and Ameer Abdullah have combined for more than 90 receiving yards and one touchdown while Calvin Johnson has two receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 69 yards per contest, and Abdullah leads the way with 50 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 33 points and 483 yards per game. Glover Quin leads the Lions with eight tackles, Phillip Hunt has a sack and Darius Slay has an interception. Caraun Reid, DeAndre Levy and LaAdrian Waddle are questionable.
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The Minnesota Vikings look to rebound after getting blown out by the 49ers. Teddy Bridgewater is completing 71.9 percent of his passes for 231 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Bridgewater has thrown a pick in five straight games. Mike Wallace and Kyle Rudolph have combined for more than 110 receiving yards while Matt Asiata has two receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 71 yards per contest, and Adrian Peterson leads the way with 31 yards on 10 carries. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 20 points and 395 yards per game. Anthony Barr leads the Vikings with 12 tackles, Andrew Sendejo has a blocked kick and Everson Griffen has 0.5 sacks.
The Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Vikings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Lions are 2-6-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings in Minnesota and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings overall.
The Vikings are a far better team than what they showed in the season opener, and we should see that here now that they're at home. The Lions just aren't that physical team that's going to give Minnesota issues like the 49ers did. I like the Vikings to be the team that gets in the win column.