Vikings vs Lions matchup preview and current betting lines
The Minnesota Vikings continue to fly under the radar despite a near-perfect record. They’ve been blown out of the gridiron in their two losses this season, but they’ve still managed to win 10 games already, and they look like a lock to win their division.
Still, people continue to undervalue and underestimate the Vikings. They may be a flawed team that’s gotten exposed two times already, but people still believe they’re nowhere near as good as their 10-2 record says they are.
The Detroit Lions, on the other hand, have gone to become one of the hottest teams in the National Football League. Now, what looked like another wasted season in Michigan, might as well end with a trip to the playoffs.
Needless to say, for that to happen, Dan Campbell’s team will have to be almost perfect for the remainder of the campaign. And there would be no better time to make a statement than in a divisional rival vs. the NFC North’s leader.
Players to watch:
Justin Jefferson: Justin Jefferson has proven to be a generational talent at the Wide Receiver position already. He’s unstoppable in man-to-man coverage and has made a habit out of hauling in ridiculous catches week in and week out.
Amon-Ra St. Brown: Amon-Ra St. Brown may not be Justin Jefferson, but he’s also become an elite wideout despite Jared Goff being his quarterback. He’s a dynamic playmaker who can line up everywhere and will be a physical mismatch more often than not.
Week 14 Predictions: NFL Bet of the week on Vikings vs Lions
The opening Vikings vs Lions spread has the Detroit Lions favored by 1.5 points. That speaks volumes as to how confident oddsmakers are in their recent surge, as it seems like it’s not just a fluke, and they’re actually a much-improved team.
But then again, maybe this is just a trap by oddsmakers. I mean, the Minnesota Vikings are leading the division and are 10-2 already. They may not be as good as most 10+ win teams, but one doesn’t win 10 out of 12 games just out of luck.
The Lions’ surge has been impressive, and their offensive numbers are better than Minnesota’s. But they’ve also beaten mostly bad teams in their recent stretch, dropping a 25-28 decision to the Buffalo Bills as their only loss in the last five weeks.
The Vikings, on the other hand, have faced peskier defenses and have found ways to get the job done more often than not. So, we like their chances of making a statement against a divisional rival and getting the upset on the road here.
The opening Vikings vs Lions odds have this game total sitting at a whopping 53 points. That may seem like a lot, given the Minnesota Vikings’ run-heavy approach and their solid defense. However, it’s not that far-fetched at all.
The Detroit Lions currently boast the sixth-highest-scoring offense in the league at 26.3 points, with the Vikings sitting five spots below at 24.1 points. More than that, the Vikings rank dead-last in points allowed per game at 27.0.
While neither of these quarterbacks is trustworthy by any means, both have more than enough weapons at their disposal to wreak havoc downfield. Justin Jefferson and Amon-Ra St. Brown are elite playmakers, and they don’t need that much space to do their thing.
The Lions have been a resilient team that has gone back and forth with every rival this season. So, we expect this game to have multiple lead changes, especially late in the game. That bodes well for a high-scoring divisional matchup.