NFL Odds: Vikings Look to Stay Hot as NFC North Foes Clash - A pair of NFC North rivals will square off this Sunday as the Detroit Lions play host to the Minnesota Vikings. Through the first three weeks of the season, neither Matt Stafford’s Lions nor Adrian Peterson’s Vikings have emerged unscathed, but it’s the latter with considerably more momentum. Still, the early trend of competitive balance in the division is noticeable in both the NFL odds and the standings.
With such uncertainty developing in the NFC North (sorry again, Green Bay), it’s all the more essential for clubs to make the most of their early season calendar. Losses to the 49ers and Titans have stained Detroit’s first three weeks, while a Week 2 loss to the Colts has spoiled Minnesota’s otherwise perfection.
Regardless of the hiccup, Minnesota’s impressive Week 3 showing against San Francisco will have the Vikings rolling into the Sunday tilt with momentum on their side. Enough so, for the club to creep up the NFL futures with 75/1 odds of winning the Super Bowl.
The Lions, in contrast, despite making the postseason last year and returning both Stafford and Calvin Johnson, sit at 50/1 on those same NFL odds. Assuming that each of the four NFC North squads will be in for a year of uncertainty (albeit hopefully less so now that the NFL’s official referees are back), it will be head-to-head matchups like this one that make or break the division.
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