Lions vs. Vikings Point Spread: NFL Predictions, Week 14 Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Dec 04, 2019

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The Minnesota Vikings have won four of their last five as a favorite of 10 or more but are just 2-2-1 against the spread in those games.

Detroit
3-12
AT
December 08, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
U.S. Bank Stadium
Minnesota
10-6
Pointspread +12.5 -110
Moneyline +500
Over / Under o +44

43%

Betting Action

57%

Pointspread -12.5 -110
Moneyline -635
Over / Under u +44

43%

Betting Action

57%

The Minnesota Vikings are one of the biggest favorites on the board in Week 14 as they’re laying just shy of two touchdowns against the Detroit Lions. After losing a close game in Seattle on Monday Night Football, the Vikings are now 8-4 and are just one game inside the playoff cut. They can’t afford to mess around here with a beaten up Lions squad if they’re serious about playing in the post-season.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Lions’ loss last week dropped them to 2-7 straight up as a dog and they’re just 5-4 in those games. This will be the first time in the last three seasons that they’re a dog of 10 or more, but they’re 21-14 against the spread (ATS) in their last 35 in this role.

The Vikings have won four of their last five as a favorite of 10 or more but are just 2-2-1 against the spread in those games. They’re 7-1 SU as a favorite this season but just 5-3 ATS, and are 5-0 SU at home but are merely 3-2 ATS. However, they’ve won 10 straight against teams with a losing record and the Lions are another one coming in at 3-8-1.

Detroit Lions

Previous iterations of the Lions would have quit by now but this team continues to battle for head coach Matt Patricia. On Thanksgiving Thursday, the Lions were forced to drop down to their third-string quarterback but David Blough nearly guided the Lions to a win. That’s been a common theme as the Lions have lost five in a row and eight of nine, but many of those games were close calls. All but one of those losses came by one score. They’re one of just three teams to lead in every game this season and the other two teams (San Francisco and Kansas City) are a combined 18-6.

Blough was solid last week, going 22-of-38 for 280 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. The challenge will change this week as he’s now on the road and he’s not going to catch anyone off guard. However, he looked effective. He had help from running back Bo Scarbrough, who chipped in 83 yards on the ground.

The question is can the Lions – especially the offense – continue to be competitive the further they go down the depth chart?

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are fresh off a tough loss to the Seahawks but everyone knew that going into Seattle and winning would be a tall order. The Vikings showed pretty well and should be fairly confident about their chances this week. Back in Week 7, the Vikings smoked the Lions 42-30 when the Lions had Matthew Stafford and Kerryon Johnson, and the game was in Detroit. Now that duo is out and the Vikings are at home where they are 5-0. This task should be much easier this time around.

Keep an eye on the status of Dalvin Cook, who had to leave on Monday night. Even if he’s healthy, though, look for the Vikings to lean on their passing game here. The Lions defense ranks third-worst in teams of pass defense, giving up 280.1 yards per game. Kirk Cousins was 24-of-34 for 338 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in the first meeting.

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