The Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings will each try to remain atop the NFC North standings when they face off in Minnesota on Sunday.
Each team is 1-1. The Lions, fresh off a 36-27 win over the Washington Commanders, are tied for second in the NFL in scoring offense (71 points) through two weeks and have put up the fourth-most yards (811).
Minnesota fell 24-7 to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. Quarterback Kirk Cousins threw three red-zone interceptions.
Here’s a look at the Detroit vs Minnesota matchup.
Lions vs Vikings Odds
The Lions haven’t won in Minnesota in six years. Despite the Vikings’ awful effort in Philadelphia, they are about a touchdown favorite Sunday.
Lions vs Vikings Implied Totals
Vikings 29.25, Lions 23.25
The Lions are allowing 32.5 points per game through two home games. The Vikings have scored 30 points through two games, including 23 in their season-opening win vs. Green Bay.
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Lions vs Vikings Prediction
Vikings 31, Lions 27
This should be a fun game featuring two high-octane offenses. The Vikings are a trendy pick to win the NFC North and should bounce back after a terrible performance in primetime.
The Eagles ran and threw all over the Vikings in the first half, and Cousins gave away any chance of a comeback with the three turnovers deep in Philadelphia territory.
The Lions are pesky, but skilled, too. Running back D’Andre Swift is fourth in the NFL in rushing yards (200) through two weeks, and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is fourth in the NFL in receptions (17).
St. Brown has developed a great rapport with quarterback Jared Goff, who ranks fifth in the league in touchdown passes (5). Goff has only thrown one interception, albeit a costly one that Eagles cornerback James Bradberry took 23 yards for a touchdown in Week 1.
If the Vikings are going to make the playoffs they’ll need to beat Detroit at home. I think they’ll find a way to do just enough to defeat the upstart Lions.
Lions vs Vikings Bet Tips
- The Lions are 13-6 against the spread over the past two seasons, including a 4-2 record ATS vs NFC North opponents.
- Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its past five home games.
- Three of the past four meetings have been decided by two points or less.
- The Over has hit in four of the past six games in the series.
Lions vs Vikings Best Bets
Lions +6 (-110) at WynnBet Sportsbook
Detroit clearly plays hard for coach Dan Campbell, and the roster has enough talent for it to stay in games all season. The Vikings have historically had a hard time putting teams away.
Minnesota may win, but this one should come down to the wire.
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Over 52.5 Total Points (-110) at WynnBet
The Vikings offense features superstars like Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook, but hasn’t gotten uncorked yet this season. They will need to put up points to keep up with Detroit, especially if they are without safety Harrison Smith, who was being evaluated for a concussion after their loss in Philadelphia.
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