NFL Week 17 Predictions: Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings 1/3/21 NFL Picks, Odds, Predictions

NFL Week 17 Predictions: Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings 1/3/21 NFL Picks, Odds, Predictions Photo by Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings (6-9) at Detroit Lions (5-10)

NFL Football: Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Ford Field)

The Line: Detroit Lions +6.5 -- Over/Under: 54.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Detroit Lions face off against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday in Week 17 NFC North NFL action from Ford Field in Detroit, MI. 

The Vikings are sitting at 6-9 on the season. Minnesota has lost their last three straight games to the Buccaneers, Bears and Saints. As for Detroit, they’re currently 5-10 on the year. The Lions have also lost three straight to the Packers, Titans and Buccaneers. Check back all season long for free NFL picks at Sports Chat Place. 

Minnesota opened up the season at a 1-5 pace, but got going toward the middle of the season with a 5-1 run that stretched into December. Since then however, it’s been three consecutive losses for the Vikings. Those defeats came 26-14 to the Buccaneers, 33-27 to the Bears and 52-33 to the Saints. 

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In the loss to New Orleans, Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins posted 291 yards and three scores on 27-of-41 passing, while Dalvin Cook led the rush with 73 yards and a TD off 15 carries. Adam Thielen managed 97 yards and a score off eight receptions as well. 

Over on the Detroit side, they opened the year on a 3-3 run but haven’t had much luck since then. After one win in five games, the Lions took out Chicago on December 6. Since then it’s been three straight losses to the Packers 31-24, the Titans 46-25 and the Buccaneers 47-7, though. 

In the loss to Tampa Bay, Detroit quarterback Chase Daniel managed 86 yards on 13-of-18 passing. Danny Amendola led the receivers with his 37 yards from five catches, and D’Andre Swift topped a tepid rush with 10 carries for 45 yards. 

The Vikings are 38-15 ATS in their last 53 after a straight-up loss and 0-6 ATS in their last six overall. Minnesota is 0-5 ATS in their last five after an ATS loss and 0-5 ATS in their last five versus the NFC. 

Meanwhile, the Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last five games in Week 17 and 8-18 ATS in their last 26 overall. Detroit is 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight on turf. 

PICK: I’m going to take a shot on the Lions here. Granted, there’s not much to like about a late-season matchup against two teams who won’t be seeing the playoffs, but this should be a solid game. The Vikings have stayed fairly consistent in scoring lately, but have also been coughing up a good amount of points on the other side—85 in their last two games combined. Detroit posted an offensive dud in their last game, but they’d been on a pretty good scoring stretch prior to that. I think the Lions will hang in there and cover. 

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Andrew’s Pick Detroit Lions +6.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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