Lions vs. Vikings Point Spread: NFL Week 9 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Nov 02, 2020

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This game starts a stretch where the Vikings will play four of their next five at home, but that’s not exactly a good thing as they are winless this season at US Bank Stadium.

Detroit
5-11
AT
November 08, 2020, 1:00 PM ET
U.S. Bank Stadium
Minnesota
7-9
Pointspread +3.5 -120
Moneyline +149
Over / Under o +51.5

32%

Betting Action

68%

Pointspread -3.5 +100
Moneyline -179
Over / Under u +51.5

32%

Betting Action

68%

The Detroit Lions have been quite good on the road this season (3-1 SU) and make a trip to the Twin Cities on Sunday afternoon in Week 9 to visit the NFC North rival Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota opened at -4 on the NFL odds with a total of 53.5.

NFL Week 9 Point Spread and Betting Analysis

If the Lions want to make a run at a Wild-Card spot, now is the time to get hot because the schedule gets very easy for about a month. After visiting Minnesota, Detroit hosts Washington, visits Carolina and hosts Houston. All of them are below .500. This game starts a stretch where the Vikings will play four of their next five at home, but that’s not exactly a good thing as they are winless this season at US Bank Stadium. Minnesota is simply playing out the string already.

It’s the first meeting between division rivals as the Vikings will visit Motown in Week 17. Last year, Minnesota won both fairly easily. The one at home was in Week 14 and finished 20-7. Kirk Cousins threw for 242 yards and a score and Dalvin Cook rushed for a touchdown. Danielle Hunter had three sacks, but he’s out this season injured.

The Lions completely fell apart in the second half of last season without injured QB Matthew Stafford and had just 231 total yards in the loss. David Blough, who may never start another NFL game, was picked off twice. He’s now third string behind Stafford and Chase Daniel.

Minnesota is 5-0 against the spread & SU in the past five in the series.

Detroit Lions

Detroit entered Sunday on a two-game winning streak and a chic pick to upset the Indianapolis Colts but was dominated in a 41-21 loss. The Lions had just 29 yards rushing on 13 carries against one of the NFL’s top defences. Stafford threw for 336 yards and three scores, two to Marvin Jones Jr. Stafford did throw a pick-six and took five sacks. Pro Bowl receiver Kenny Golladay missed the second half with a hip injury. He has 20 catches for 338 yards and two scores despite missing two games earlier with a hamstring injury. One bright spot in the loss was the Lions blocking a punt for the first time since December 2007.

Top cornerback Desmond Trufant didn’t play due to a hamstring injury and recent trade acquisition and defensive end Everson Griffen sat out due to COVID-19 protocols. He’ll be good to go here.

Minnesota Vikings

Arguably the biggest upset Sunday was a Vikings team at 1-5 coming out of its bye week and beating the Packers 28-22 in Green Bay. If you have Cook on your fantasy team, you probably won this week as he had a career-high 226 yards from scrimmage with three rushing scores and a receiving touchdown. Cook became the fifth player in the Super Bowl era with at least 200 scrimmage yards, three rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown in a single game.

Cook also became the first player to score a TD on each of his team’s first four possessions of a game since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. His 10 rushing TDs on the season are first in the NFL. With Cook dominating, the Vikings didn’t ask Kirk Cousins to do much as he attempted only 14 passes.

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