Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions Pick, Odds, Predictions 12/29/13
Detroit Lions (7-8) at Minnesota Vikings (4-10-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm (The Metrodome)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -3 -- Over/Under: 51.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions face off on Sunday in the last game at the Metrodome and week 17 NFL action.
The Minnesota Vikings have gone from a playoff team to a team drafting in the top five of the NFL Draft which usually means while they didn’t have a good season, a turnaround might not be such a difficult task. We have seen the good and the bad out of Minnesota this year and there have just been plenty of places to assign blame for their failures. At QB the Vikings never got it together as Christian Ponder wasn’t the answer and neither was Josh Freeman who they picked up off of waivers and by now it is Matt Cassel who has proved for years he isn’t a viable option as a starting NFL QB if you want to win football games. Adrian Peterson is one of the tops in the game at running back but he is taking a beating and as good of a backup as Toby Gearhart is he is no A.D.Greg Jennings was brought in at receiver and he has been decent and Cordarrelle Patterson is a playmaker and makes it obvious why they thought Percy Harvin wasn’t needed any longer. Jared Allen is still one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL, Chad Greenway has 129 tackles for the season and Erin Henderson has 105 so a lot of the pieces are there. The Vikings are 12th in the NFL averaging 25.1 points per game and 13th in yards at 344.2 while defensively they are last in points allowed per game at 31.1 and 31st in yards allowed with 408 per game and dead last in pass defense at 294.4 yards allowed per game. The Vikings have needs at QB, the secondary, and the could use another pass rusher and they should have a chance to address these in the NFL Draft.
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The Detroit Lions are among the teams that are the most disappointing in the NFL this season because they had their fate in their hands and have dropped five of their last six games and are out of the playoffs. The Lions are loaded with talent from years of drafting near the top and it was mainly very poor coaching and decisions that sealed their fate. Matthew Stafford has a cannon arm and is a gunslinger but he seems to always make the big mistake. Reggie Bush appeared to be the answer to the running game and combined with Joique Bell has given the Lions their best rushing attack since Barry Sanders. Calvin Johnson is the premier receiver in the NFL but the injures to Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles hurt his production as well. Defensively the Detroit defensive line is one of the best in the game with Ndamakung Suh and Nick Fairley. DeAndre Levy is one of the most under rated players in the NFL and Stephen Tulloch has 123 tackles this year. The Lions rank 11th in points per game at 25.5 and third in yards at 401.9 and defensively they allow 24.1 points and 346.7 yards. Jim Schwartz’s reign as Head Coach is likely over in Detroit.
Minnesota is 4-0 against the spread following a loss, 5-1 against the spread against the NFC, and 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 home games. Detroit is 5-1 against the spread against the NFC North, 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 road games, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six games overall. Detroit is 1-3-1 against the spread in the last five meetings of these two.
Detroit has to be deflated and the Vikings should be pumped as the fans will make one of the louder stadiums in the NFL at its’ peak as they send it off and I look for the Vikes to get the win and cover.
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