Detroit Lions (3-4) at Minnesota Vikings (2-5)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm (U.S. Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -4 -- Over/Under: 53.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings meet Sunday in a week 9 battle of NFC North teams in NFL action at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Detroit Lions look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last six games. The Detroit Lions have won their last three road games. Matthew Stafford is completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 1,916 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Stafford has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last six games. Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola have combined for 662 receiving yards and two touchdowns while TJ Hockenson has 29 receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 97.1 yards per contest, and Adrian Peterson leads the way with 321 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 29.4 points and 378.4 yards per game. Tracy Walker leads the Detroit Lions with 51 tackles, Romeo Okwara has five sacks and Duron Harmon has two interceptions.
The Minnesota Vikings look for back-to-back wins for the first time while building on their disappointing 2-5 record. The Minnesota Vikings have lost five straight home games. Kirk Cousins is completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,635 yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Cousins has one or less touchdown passes in six of his last 10 games. Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen have combined for 1,005 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Irv Smith Jr. has 11 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 144 yards per contest, and Dalvin Cook leads the way with 652 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 30.6 points and 411.7 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 78 tackles, Yannick Ngakoue has five sacks and Eric Wilson has two interceptions.
The Lions are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games as an underdog, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games in November and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Vikings are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in November, 38-18-1 ATS in their last 57 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite. The under is 6-2 in Lions last 8 road games. The over is 4-1 in Vikings last 5 games overall. The Lions are 4-9-2 ATS in their last 15 meetings in Minnesota and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Right when you're ready to buy into the Detroit Lions, they lay an egg, and it doesn't help that their last two wins have come against teams with a combined 3-12 record. The Minnesota Vikings are coming off their best win of the season with a road win over the Packers, a game where Cook cooked and the Vikings for the first time this season looked like the NFC North contender many thought they'd be before the season started. Maybe that win is the start of the Vikings turning things around, and it's only a matter of time before they figure out how to win at home. I'm not there with the Lions to back on the road, even if they're getting points.
Give me the Vikings and the reasonable chalk at home.