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Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings - 10/1/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Lions (2-1) at Minnesota Vikings (2-1)

NFL Football: Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm (U.S. Bank Stadium)

The Line: Minnesota Vikings -2 -- Over/Under: 42.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings meet up in Minnesota on Sunday in an NFC North show down that features two teams off to a fast start.

The Lions head into Minnesota looking to send the Vikings to their first home defeat of the season in what should be a tightly contested matchup where defense will be featured from both sides. Detroit is off to a nice start and while most would attribute it to the play of Matt Stafford it has been their defense that has stolen the headlines as they are playing some of the best we have seen from them in years and if they can keep it up with the likes of Darius Slay and Ezekiel Ansah having remarkable starts they should be in the fold come playoff time. Detroit still hasn’t fully recovered since losing Calvin Johnson unexpectedly a few seasons ago but they do have Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, and Kenny Golladay to lean on through the air and Ameer Abdullah who looks as though he is finally ready to be an every day feature back and this combination of players has them looking like a legitimate threat in the NFC.

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings - 10/1/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Vikings meanwhile look to continue their strong start to the season by taking down the Lions and moving atop the NFC North standings with a big divisional home win. The Vikes have been lighting the stats sheet as both Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have had an excellent start in the receiving game and they will be leaned on again in this one if they’re going to find a way to cover against the Lions. Minnesota has also enjoyed a nice start to the season from Dalvin Cook who looks to be the real deal and should be able to supplant the void of Adrian Peterson with each passing game if he runs the way he has to start the season. Xavier Rhodes meanwhile has been one of the league’s best corner backs this season and will likely key in on Golden Tate in this game who emerged last weekend with a big effort.

The Lions are 2-6 in their last eight against the NFC and winless against the spread in their last five against a team with a winning record while the Vikes are 5-0 in their last five games in week four and 22-6 ATS in their last 28 on turf. This line is moving down but I think the Vikings are the play here as they are tough to beat at home and have a few more pieces in their favour even if Case Keenum plays behind centre.

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