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Vikings vs Lions Betting Matchup Report

Detroit LionsMinnesota Vikings
7-8December 29, 2013, 01:00 | The Metrodome4-10-1

Just a short time ago the Detroit Lions were in first place in the NFC North, and looked like they owned a clear advantage in that race.

But suddenly Detroit is out of the running, having lost its last three games, including its last two at home on late field goals.

The Lions conclude a disappointing season when they venture to Minneapolis to take on the 4-10-1 Vikings in the last NFL game to be played at the Metrodome.

At one point this season Detroit was 6-3; it's 1-5 both SU and ATS since then.

Minnesota, meanwhile, is also out of the playoff race, but is 5-2 ATS over its last seven games.

As of early this week the Vikes were favored by the home-field field goal at GTbets.eu for Sunday's Black-and-Blue bout. Some trends of note include, the Lions are 1-14 SU past 15 trips to Minnesota; Lions are 1-8 SU, 1-7-1 ATS past nine games as road underdogs; Vikings are 2-7-1 ATS past 10 games as home favorites; Lions are 5-1 ATS past six divisional games; Lions OVER is 10-1 past 11 Week 17 games; Lions 5-1 ATS past 6 regular season finales; Vikings 3-10 ATS past 13 regular season finales.

This season the Vikings are 4-10-1 overall and 7-7-1 ATS against the number, while the Lions are 7-8 and 6-9 ATS. As for the totals, Minnesota is 12-3 on the OU, and Detroit is 8-7.

View Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings Odds and Stats.

The Vikings were listed as 3-point favorites at Bovada and other online sportsbooks, with the total listed at one point at 52.

The Vikings sit at No. 25 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Lions are at No. 13 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Lions will win this game 26-19.

The Lions were a 23-20 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Giants. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (43) made winners of UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 12-ranked offense (25.13 PPG) against a Lions defense that ranks No. 17 at 24.13 PPG. The Vikings passing attack has averaged 217.07 yards per game, less than the Lions give up through the air (251.93 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Lions own the league's No. 23-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 127.14 yards per game when on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 14 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Lions at Vikings trends to consider:
Detroit is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Detroit is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Detroit is 5-14-1 ATS in its last 20 games on the road
Detroit is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Minnesota is 4-11-1 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 7 games
Minnesota is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games at home
Minnesota is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games at home

Next up:
Detroit home to , Wednesday, December 31st
Minnesota home to , Wednesday, December 31st