Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings - 11/24/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Vikings (6-4) at Detroit Lions (6-4)
NFL Football: Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Detroit Lions -2.5 -- Over/Under: 43 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions square off early Thanksgiving day in a key NFC North NFL matchup at Ford Field on CBS.
The Minnesota Vikings look for their third road victory to take full control of the NFC North. The Minnesota Vikings have lost three straight games on the road. Sam Bradford is completing 69.8 percent of his passes for 2,191 yards, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. Bradford has one touchdown pass in six of his last eight games. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have combined for 1,265 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 39 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 70 yards per contest, and Jerick McKinnon leads the way with 285 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 17.6 points and 306.9 yards per game. Harrison Smith leads the Minnesota Vikings with 73 tackles, Linval Joseph has three sacks and Andrew Sendejo has two interceptions.
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The Detroit Lions look for their sixth win in seven tries to take full control of the NFC North. The Detroit Lions have won four straight home games. Matthew Stafford is completing 67.8 percent of his passes for 2,651 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. Stafford has one or less touchdown pass in three of his last four games. Marvin Jones and Golden Tate have combined for 1,216 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Eric Ebron has 35 receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 79.5 yards per contest, and Theo Riddick leads the way with 310 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 22.5 points and 358.2 yards per game. Tahir Whitehead leads the Detroit Lions with 89 tackles, Kerry Hyder has seven sacks and Rafael Bush has two interceptions.
The Vikings are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games and 37-15 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Lions are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 vs. NFC North. The Vikings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Detroit and 14-6-3 ATS in their last 23 meetings overall.
The Vikings have struggled this season when you take them out of that dome and their offense continues to struggle overall. The Detroit Lions have been far more consistent and can put up points quite quickly on their fast track. This game could get out of hand quickly for the struggling Vikings. The home team has also won five of the last eight games between the Vikings and Lions. The Lions already have a victory over the Vikings this season and I think they get the sweep here.