The Minnesota Vikings showed signs of life with Case Keenum at quarterback in their 34-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2. On the flipside, the Detroit Lions had the life sucked out of them in a 30-26 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in a game that went down to the last play. The Lions nearly scored what would have been a game-winning touchdown in the dying seconds of their loss to Atlanta. However, the play was reviewed and Marvin Jones Sr. was ruled short of the endzone before a 10-second runoff ended the game. Now the attention turns to a date with the Vikings with a sense of urgency as the two teams vie for first place in the NFC North.
Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings
Point Spread: N/A Date: Sunday October 1, 2017 Location: U.S. Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Point Spread And Betting Analysis
We don’t have a betting lineup for this game yet as the Vikings are waiting to see whether starting quarterback Sam Bradford is able to play. Their lopsided win over Tampa Bay last week boosted their record to 2-1 both straight up and against the spread. The Lions failed to cover in their four-point loss to the Falcons on Sunday, falling to 2-1 both straight up and against the spread this season as well.
Keenum bounced back from a rough debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a much better performance against Tampa Bay. He was limited to 167 yards versus Pittsburgh but threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns against Tampa Bay. A full week of preparation with the No. 1 offense likely helped. Meanwhile, rookie running back Dalvin Cook rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown on 27 attempts.
The Vikings should continue to feed him the football in an effort to wear down the Detroit defense and take some pressure off of Keenum. The Minnesota defense will also need to step up after a strong performance against Tampa Bay. The Vikings sacked Jameis Winston twice and picked him off three times in last week’s win. If Bradford can’t go, the defense will have to lead the way.
Detroit was inches away from taking down the defending NFC champion Falcons but instead suffered another stinging last-second defeat. They will need to turn their attention to the Vikings to avoid a letdown in a divisional showdown this week. A second straight loss would take the wind out of their sails after such a positive 2-0 start.
Matt Stafford has been extremely efficient through the first three games of the season as he has thrown for 678 yards and seven touchdowns with only one interception. The Lions could benefit from more of a balance on offense after their running backs were held to 52 yards on 17 carries against the Atlanta defense. Ameer Abdullah and Theo Reddick both made their marks in the receiving game but the absence of a consistent run threat allowed Atlanta to key in on Stafford. The Vikings have a strong run defense that is third in rushing yards per game. The Lions will have a tough time winning on the road without a running game.
Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings prediction:
Minnesota 21, Detroit 17