Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions - 11/4/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Detroit Lions (3-4) at Minnesota Vikings (4-3-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm (U.S. Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -5 -- Over/Under: 50.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings meet Sunday in NFL action at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Detroit Lions look for their second road win of the season to get back to a .500 record. The Detroit Lions have lost four of their last six road games. Matthew Stafford is completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 1,912 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. Stafford has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 10 games. Golden Tate and Kenny Golladay have combined for 994 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Marvin Jones Jr. has 26 receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 109.7 yards per contest, and Kerryon Johnson leads the way with 466 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 26.3 points and 360.2 yards per game. Jarrad Davis leads the Detroit Lions with 50 tackles, Devon Kennard has five sacks and Quandre Diggs has one interception.
The Minnesota Vikings need a bounce back home victory to keep pace in the wide open NFC North. The Minnesota Vikings have won seven of their last nine home games. Kirk Cousins is completing 70.7 percent of his passes for 2,521 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Cousins has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 15 games. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have combined for 1,512 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 32 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 87.1 yards per contest, and Latavius Murray leads the way with 386 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 23.6 points and 345.9 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 51 tackles, Danielle Hunter has eight sacks and Harrison Smith has three interceptions.
The Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC North and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Vikings are 35-16-2 ATS in their last 53 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in November and 46-22-1 ATS in their last 69 games overall. The underdog is 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 meetings, the road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
The Detroit Lions are coming off a bizarre home loss to the Seattle Seahawks, as a red hot offense was held to their lowest point total (14) of the season. The Minnesota Vikings outplayed the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night, but they ended up losing by 10 points due to two key turnovers that changed the entire game. The Detroit Lions have failed to cover seven of their last 10 games as an underdog of at least three points. The Minnesota Vikings are 6-4-1 ATS in their last 11 games as a favorite of at least three points. Right when I'm ready to believe in the Detroit Lions, they throw up a stinker and make me question just how good this team truly is. Are these really the same old Lions? I'm high on the Vikings and still think they're capable of making a deep playoff run, they just need to stop triping over their own feet in key spots. With that said, I'm eating the chalk with the Vikings. I'm just not sure how to rate the Lions right now and I have questions if they're capable of rising to the occasion.