Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings - 11/6/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Lions (4-4) at Minnesota Vikings (5-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm (U.S. Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -6 -- Over/Under: 41 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Lions head to Minnesota to take on the Vikings in an NFC North showdown in week 9 NFL action.
The Detroit Lions fell to 4-4 following a 20-13 defeat at the hands of the Houston Texans. Matthew Stafford registered his lowest yardage output since week 5, logging 240 yards on 27 of 41 passing with a touchdown. Theo Riddick saw the bulk of the workload out of the Detroit backfield, with 56 yards on 11 carries while also catching a team-high 8 passes out of the backfield for 77 yards and a touchdown. Eric Ebron led the Lions receiving core with 79 yards receiving on 7 catches, with the next closest receiver after Riddick being Golden Tate, who also caught 7 passes but for only 42 yards. Defensively, the Lions had a decent game against a Texans offense that has been subpar for most of the season, holding them to just 269 yards of total offense while racking up 3 sacks courtesy of Khyri Thornton, A’Shawn Robinson and Armonty Bryant to go along with a Johnson Bademosi interception of Texans QB Brock Osweiler. Unfortunately for the Lions they just couldn’t get the job done when it mattered the most.
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The Minnesota Vikings dropped their 2nd straight game, this time a 20-10 shocker at Soldier Field to the Chicago Bears to close out week 8 on Monday Night Football, sending the Vikings record to 5-2. Sam Bradford completed 23 of his 37 pass attempts for 228 yards and a touchdown while being sacked a total of 5 times on the night. Matt Asiata got the bulk of the load in the Vikings backfield, carrying the ball 14 times, racking up 42 yards in the process. Stefon Diggs caught 8 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown to lead all of the Minnesota receivers, while Cordarrelle Patterson caught 3 passes for 36 yards but coughed up the ball on a kick return that luckily the Vikings fell on top of. Defensively, the Vikings had no answer for the suddenly alive Bears offense, as they allowed over 400 yards of total offense including 153 rushing yards and a touchdown to Bears’ running back Jordan Howard. Not to mention, Minnesota were only able to sack returning Chicago QB Jay Cutler once, behind a Bears’ offensive line that has been notorious for giving up sacks.
Detroit is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. the NFC and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 divisional matchups while the under is 16-6 in their last 22 road games. Minnesota is 23-8 ATS in their last 31 home games and 36-15 ATS in their last 51 games overall while the under is 13-3 in their last 16 divisional matchups. Detroit is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
The Vikings in a span of two weeks have gone from the last undefeated team to looking like the Vikings we’ve seen in years past that can’t stop the bleeding. On the other hand, last week was only the 3rd time this season where Detroit did not score 20+ points so I feel fairly confident that the Lions could put up some points on the Minnesota defense. The only question is whether or not the offense can keep up and I’m not sure they can.
Give me the Lions and the points in a game Detroit could win outright.