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Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings - 12/23/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Vikings (7-6-1) at Detroit Lions (5-9)
Date & Time Sunday December 23, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Detroit Lions +5.5 -- Over/Under: 43.5
TV Channel
FOX
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The Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions meet Sunday in NFL action at Ford Field.

The Minnesota Vikings need a big road victory after splitting their last eight games to stay in the thick of the NFC playoff race. The Minnesota Vikings have lost their last three road games. Kirk Cousins is completing 70.5 percent of his passes for 3,913 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Cousins has two or more touchdown passes in 13 of his last 20 games. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have combined for 2,219 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 51 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 95 yards per contest, and Latavius Murray leads the way with 538 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 22 points and 314.3 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 108 tackles, Danielle Hunter has 14.5 sacks and Harrison Smith has three interceptions.

The Detroit Lions look to play spoiler at this point after losing six of their last eight games. The Detroit Lions have split their last six home games. Matthew Stafford is completing 67 percent of his passes for 3,395 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Stafford has three or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 13 games. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. have combined for 1,513 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Theo Riddick has 57 receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 103.1 yards per contest, and Kerryon Johnson leads the way with 641 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 23.8 points and 346.1 yards per game. Jarrad Davis leads the Detroit Lions with 88 tackles, Devon Kennard has seven sacks and Darius Slay has three interceptions.

The Vikings are 20-9 ATS in their last 29 games in December, 38-17-1 ATS in their last 56 games on fieldturf and 13-5-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Lions are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in December, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf. The Vikings are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Detroit. The under is 5-2 in Vikings last 7 games overall. The under is 5-0 in Lions last 5 games overall.

The Minnesota Vikings looked good in their first game without OC John DeFilippo, as they scored 41 points in a win over the Miami Dolphins, the exact point total they produced in their previous three games. The Detroit Lions have been held to 20 or less points in seven of their last eight games and have nothing to play for other than this being their last home game of the year and wanting to send the fans out with a win while preventing the Vikings from making the playoffs. The Minnesota Vikings are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games when a favorite of at least four points. The Detroit Lions have failed to cover seven of their last 10 games when an underdog of at least four points. The Lions have shown very little to hold onto these last couple of months, as the offense can't produce, and it puts the defense in constant bad situations. While a win over the Dolphins doens't prove the Vikings are back, they did look like a reenergized team on both sides of the ball. Assuming those Vikings show up, this should be a comfortable victory for the road team.

Pick:
Minnesota Vikings -5.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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