NFL

Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions

Minnesota
Vikings
7 - 6 - 1
Detroit
Lions
5 - 9
December 23, 2018, 1:00 PM EST
 | Ford Field

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Minnesota
Vikings
7 - 6 - 1
Detroit
Lions
5 - 9
December 23, 2018, 1:00 PM EST
 | Ford Field
  • New offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski did something that departed OC John DeFilippo refused to do for the first 13 games of the year – he put the game in Dalvin Cook’s hands against Miami and got rewarded.

    The sophomore from Florida State had 163 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns to lead the Vikings over the Dolphins. Cook’s previous season high was 109 scrimmage yards in the first meeting with Detroit and as fate would have it, the Lions host the Vikings with Minnesota Sportsbook as a 5.5-point favorite this week.

    SHARK BITES
    • The total has gone UNDER in eight of the Vikings’ last 10 games vs the Lions (avg. combined score: 34.0).
    • The Vikings are 7-1-1 SU in their last nine games vs divisional opponents.
    • The Lions are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games as home underdogs.

    Vikings vs Lions Game Center

    Change of Strategy for Vikings

    Minnesota ran the ball 40 times vs Miami while attempting just 21 passes. That represents the first time this season that the Vikings had more than a +2 differential in run vs pass plays. In fact, going into Week 15, the Vikes were passing the ball on 66 percent of their offensive plays.

    This change represents a massive shift in the strategy and takes the pressure off a career 94.8-rated Kirk Cousins and allows the passes he does make to be more impactful.

    What Does the New Approach Mean for This Week?

    Detroit is in the middle of the pack when it comes to rush defense, allowing an average of 115.4 yards per game on the ground, but they’ve been over that mark in two of their last three games with 149 yards surrendered to the Rams and 117 to the Bills.

    The threat of the run should open up things for Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen to make some key plays. Even though he was limited to 21 attempts vs Miami, Cousins had 215 yards in the air plus two passing touchdowns. Stefanski is also the quarterbacks coach, so he won’t be forgetting about his guy.

    Lions Have Nothing to Play For

    After starting the season 3-3, Detroit has gone 2-6 straight up and straight out of the playoffs for the 16th time in 19 years. In the first meeting between these teams, seven weeks ago, the Vikings set a franchise record by sacking Matthew Stafford 10 times, including multiple times while in the red zone.

    Minnesota’s defense has 47 sacks this season to lead the NFL. Stafford has been sacked 37 times, which likely has helped lead to a back injury he’s dealing with. He has played through it for two weeks, but if he is on the way to another 10 sacks this week, we may not see him finish the game.

    My Best Bet For Sunday

    I really like the Vikings -5.5 in this game. Granted, the performance last week was against Miami and at home, but there’s no reason to believe that it wasn’t mostly due to the dramatic shift in game planning.

    It almost makes too much sense that if you give the ball to Dalvin Cook more frequently, it will open up the deep threat, but sometimes all that’s needed is a new approach.

    With Minnesota fighting for playoff positioning and Detroit playing out the string, I think the Vikings prevail and cover the spread.

Odds

Sunday, December 23 Sun Dec 23


Opening
Current

Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Opening
-4
-110
-222
o43
-110
+4
-110
+183
u43
-110
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Current
-6.5
-105
-265
o41.5
-110
+6.5
-115
+225
u41.5
-110

Edge Finder

24.89
Points Scored
26.65
264.17
Passing Yards
251.82
95.67
Rushing Yards
128.18
29:48
Time on Field
29:55
65.50
Number of Plays
64.24
5.49
Yards Per Play
5.92
24.89
Points Scored
26.65
4.72
First Quarter
6.29
6.50
Second Quarter
7.29
3.78
Third Quarter
4.88
9.56
Fourth Quarter
8.18
264.17
Passing Yards
251.82
39.56
Pass Attempts
34.59
26.67
Pass Completions
22.53
2.61
Sacks
1.41
18.56
Sack Yards
9.59
9.91
Yards Per Pass
11.18
95.67
Rushing Yards
128.18
23.33
Rush Attempts
28.24
4.10
Yards Per Rush
4.54
0.83
Interceptions
0.41
1.06
Fumbles
0.88
0.44
Fumbles Lost
0.47
1.28
Total Turnovers
0.88
5.06
Penalties
5.29
38.94
Penalty Yards
45.47
29:48
Time on Field
29:55
65.50
Number of Plays
64.24
5.49
Yards Per Play
5.92
4.28
Punts
3.06
47.04
Punt Average
48.57
72.06
Return Yards
76.76

Head To Head

MIN
Stat Type DET
5-5
Record
5-5
6-4
ATS
4-6
2-8
O/U
2-8
17.50
Points Scored
16.50
116.90
Rush Yds
76.50
32.30
Pass Attempts
35.10
71.21
Completion %
62.11
214.10
Passing Yds
193.30
331
Total Yds
269.8
1.50
Turnovers
0.70
MIN
Stat Type DET
2-1
Record
1-2
2-1
ATS
1-2
1-2
O/U
1-2
20.33
Points Scored
15.33
117.00
Rush Yds
72.00
27.33
Pass Attempts
34.00
67.07
Completion %
62.75
208.00
Passing Yds
177.67
325
Total Yds
249.67
1.67
Turnovers
1.00
Nov 4/18 (1 of 10)
MIN
Stat Type DET
Home
Away
24
Points Scored
9
-5
ATS
+5
47 o
O/U
47 u
128
Rush Yds
66
22
Pass Attempts
36
81.82
Completion %
69.44
155
Passing Yds
143
283
Total Yds
209
2
Turnovers
1
Nov 23/17 (2 of 10)
MIN
Stat Type DET
Away
Home
30
Points Scored
23
-2.5
ATS
+2.5
45 o
O/U
45 u
136
Rush Yds
53
30
Pass Attempts
35
70.00
Completion %
57.14
272
Passing Yds
236
408
Total Yds
289
0
Turnovers
2
Oct 1/17 (3 of 10)
MIN
Stat Type DET
Home
Away
7
Points Scored
14
-2.5
ATS
+2.5
43.5 o
O/U
43.5 u
87
Rush Yds
97
30
Pass Attempts
31
53.33
Completion %
61.29
197
Passing Yds
154
284
Total Yds
251
3
Turnovers
0
Nov 24/16 (4 of 10)
MIN
Stat Type DET
Away
Home
13
Points Scored
16
+2
ATS
-2
42 o
O/U
42 u
82
Rush Yds
94
37
Pass Attempts
40
83.78
Completion %
57.50
224
Passing Yds
214
306
Total Yds
308
1
Turnovers
0
Nov 6/16 (5 of 10)
MIN
Stat Type DET
Home
Away
16
Points Scored
22
-5
ATS
+5
42 o
O/U
42 u
78
Rush Yds
97
40
Pass Attempts
36
77.50
Completion %
63.89
259
Passing Yds
214
337
Total Yds
311
0
Turnovers
1
Oct 25/15 (6 of 10)
MIN
Stat Type DET
Away
Home
28
Points Scored
19
+1
ATS
-1
45 o
O/U
45 u
140
Rush Yds
77
35
Pass Attempts
26
71.43
Completion %
69.23
285
Passing Yds
197
425
Total Yds
274
1
Turnovers
0
Sep 20/15 (7 of 10)
MIN
Stat Type DET
Home
Away
26
Points Scored
16
-2.5
ATS
+2.5
44 o
O/U
44 u
199
Rush Yds
38
18
Pass Attempts
53
77.78
Completion %
60.38
151
Passing Yds
285
350
Total Yds
323
1
Turnovers
3
Dec 14/14 (8 of 10)
MIN
Stat Type DET
Away
Home
14
Points Scored
16
+8
ATS
-8
42.5 o
O/U
42.5 u
76
Rush Yds
80
41
Pass Attempts
28
75.61
Completion %
60.71
284
Passing Yds
153
360
Total Yds
233
2
Turnovers
0
Oct 12/14 (9 of 10)
MIN
Stat Type DET
Home
Away
3
Points Scored
17
-1
ATS
+1
43 o
O/U
43 u
69
Rush Yds
100
37
Pass Attempts
33
62.16
Completion %
57.58
143
Passing Yds
155
212
Total Yds
255
3
Turnovers
0
Dec 29/13 (10 of 10)
MIN
Stat Type DET
Home
Away
14
Points Scored
13
+2.5
ATS
-2.5
49.5 o
O/U
49.5 u
174
Rush Yds
63
33
Pass Attempts
33
60.61
Completion %
66.67
171
Passing Yds
182
345
Total Yds
245
2
Turnovers
0

Team Records

MIN
Record DET
7-6-1
All
5-9
5-2
Home
3-4
2-4-1
Away
2-5
6-6-2
ATS
8-6
4-2-1
ATS Home
3-4
2-4-1
ATS Away
5-2
6-8
O/U
6-8
2-5
O/U Home
2-5
4-3
O/U Away
4-3
MIN
Record DET
5-4-1
All
3-7
4-1
Home
2-3
1-3-1
Away
1-4
4-4-2
ATS
5-5
3-1-1
ATS Home
2-3
1-3-1
ATS Away
3-2
4-6
O/U
4-6
1-4
O/U Home
1-4
3-2
O/U Away
3-2
MIN
Record DET
2-1-1
All
1-3
2-0
Home
1-1
0-1-1
Away
0-2
2-2
ATS
1-3
2-0
ATS Home
1-1
0-2
ATS Away
0-2
0-0
O/U
0-0
0-0
O/U Home
0-0
0-0
O/U Away
0-0
MIN
Record DET
6-4
All
4-6
4-1
Home
2-3
2-3
Away
2-3
5-4-1
ATS
5-5
3-1-1
ATS Home
2-3
2-3
ATS Away
3-2
4-6
O/U
3-7
2-3
O/U Home
1-4
2-3
O/U Away
2-3

Gametime Weather

Weather
12:00 pm EST Overcast
2ºC / 35ºF
78% Humidity
15% Precipitation
86% Cloud Cover
Stadium Type Indoor
Field Image

Injuries

Name Position Inj Desc
No Injuries to Report
Name Position Inj Desc
No Injuries to Report

Last 10 Games

Date Opp Score SU Line/Total ATS OFF. RUSH OFF. PASS OFF. TOTAL DEF. RUSH DEF. PASS DEF. TOTAL TO
Dec 16, 2018MIA41-17W-7.5/45W/O220198418156371931
Dec 10, 2018SEA7-21L+3/45.5L/U77199276214602740
Dec 2, 2018NE10-24L+6/50L/U951832781603114711
Nov 25, 2018GB24-17W-3.5/48.5W/U9132541682172254-1
Nov 18, 2018CHI20-25L+2.5/44L/O222462681481603080
Nov 4, 2018DET24-9W-5/47W/U128155283661432091
Oct 28, 2018NO20-30L+2.5/54L/U853384231061642701
Oct 21, 2018NYJ37-17W-3.5/45W/O8822831671192263-4
Oct 14, 2018ARI27-17W-10/43.5P/O195216411612082690
Oct 7, 2018PHI23-21W+3.5/48.5W/U7729837581283364-1
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Date Opp Score SU Line/Total ATS OFF. RUSH OFF. PASS OFF. TOTAL DEF. RUSH DEF. PASS DEF. TOTAL TO
Dec 16, 2018BUF13-14L+2.5/39.5W/U1052083131171953120
Dec 9, 2018ARI17-3W-2.5/40W/U12296218612182790
Dec 2, 2018LAR16-30L+10/54L/U1022083101491953440
Nov 22, 2018CHI16-23L+3/42.5L/U111222333382262641
Nov 18, 2018CAR20-19W+4/48.5W/U9421530956331387-1
Nov 11, 2018CHI22-34L+7/44.5L/O76229305543484023
Nov 4, 2018MIN9-24L+5/47L/U66143209128155283-1
Oct 28, 2018SEA14-28L-3/48L/U342973311762374133
Oct 21, 2018MIA32-21W-3/47W/O2482094571072153220
Oct 7, 2018GB31-23W-1/50W/O9417026498423521-3
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