Minnesota Vikings (6-7) at Detroit Lions (9-4)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 14, 2014, 4:25 PM (EST)|
The Line: Detroit Lions -8 -- Over/Under: 41.5
The Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings face off on Sunday at Ford Field in Detroit for a NFL NFC North matchup.
The Detroit Lions are 9-4 this season and despite battling through a slew of injuries they are thinking playoffs. The Lions are averaging 20.4 points and 349.2 yards per game and they are led by QB Matthew Stafford who has completed 61.5 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Joique Bell has rushed for 64 yards and six touchdowns to lead Detroit in rushing and Golden Tate has 4 catches and three touchdowns and Calvin Johnson has 57 catches and six touchdowns. The Lions have the best scoring defense in the NFL allowing 17.2 points per game and a 2nd best in the NFL 295.7 yards with a plus six turnover ratio. DeAndre Levy has 121 tackles, Tahir Whitehead has 69 tackles, and Glover Quin has 60 tackles but Ndamukong Suh and the rest of the DL deserve a lot of the credit allowing just 62.8 rushing yards per game. The Lions have offensive firepower but the defense is the hero of this team.
The Minnesota Vikings have had a tough season on and off of the field but they are still competitive every week. The Vikings offense s averaging 20.2 points and 309.2 yards per game and they are taking their lumps with rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater who has completed 61.9 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Matt Asiata has six rushing touchdowns and 32 receptions out of the backfield and Greg Jennings has 50 catches and four touchdowns. The Vikings defense allows 21.6 points and 348.1 yards per game and they are plus one turnover ratio. Robert Blanton has 95 tackles, Chad Greenway has 86 tackles, and Everson Griffin has 12 sacks. The Vikings are going to be a team to watch next season.
Detroit is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven home games, 3-8 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 5-1 against the spread against the NFC North. Minnesota is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games, 4-1 against the spread against the NFC, and 4-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. The underdog Is 5-1-1 against the spread in the last seven meetings of these two.
This is just way too many points for this game so my play is the Vikings in what I would call a strong play.