A pair of teams heading in different directions when it comes to covering the spread are set to square off in Week 7 when the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions tangle at Ford Field Sunday. Minnesota (3-2 SU) has been solid for bettors at 4-1 ATS, while the lowly Lions (1-5 SU, ATS) did manage to pick up their first win of the season against the Bears in their last contest but have struggled mightily so far.
Thanks to a strong running game led by Adrian Peterson, the Vikings rank as the sixth best team on the ground in the NFL despite averaging a league-worst 179.6 passing yards per game this season. Needless to say, the Lions will have their hands full in this one, meaning it’s going to be imperative for the squad to shore up a rushing defense that’s giving up an average of 120.5 yards per game.
The UNDER has also been a solid play for the Vikings, cashing in each of their first five contests.
Sportsbook Odds & Computer Pick
Betting fans looking to side with the Detroit Lions in this one found them as 2.5-point underdogs earlier in the week at [custom Sportsbook-link], while the total was sitting at 44.
Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 25-21 victory for the Lions. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.
Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Detroit Lions currently sport a record of 1-5, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 1-5 ATS. The Minnesota Vikings are 3-2 and 4-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Detroit Lions post a 3-3 over under record this season, while the Minnesota Vikings have gone 0-4-1 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Detroit vs Minnesota injuries news.
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 13-rated Minnesota Vikings taking on the No. 22-rated Detroit Lions in this betting contest.
The game also pits Detroit's No. 27-ranked offense, averaging 20 PPG, against a Vikings defense that ranks No. 2 this week at 16.6 PPG. The Lions aerial game is averaging 292.17 yards per game, more than the Vikings secondary allows through the air, 240 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Minnesota Vikings feature the league's No. 32-rated road run defense, allowing 187 yards per game. The Detroit Lions, meanwhile, ranks No. 29 in rushing offense at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Stefon Diggs was good for 129 receiving yards in the Vikings's most recent action, helping his team to a 16-10 victory over the Chiefs.
Detroit comes off a game where it received a 4-TD performance from Matthew Stafford in defeating the Bears 37-34.
Next Betting Matchups
Minnesota at Chicago, Sunday, November 1st
Detroit at Kansas City, Sunday, November 1st