The Minnesota Vikings will not win the NFC North division for a third time in four years but they still do have a great chance of sneaking into the final playoff spot in their conference with a win on Sunday. The Lions have been tame for much of the campaign but they’d love nothing more than to prevent their division rivals from securing a playoff berth.
NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Minnesota made short work of Miami last weekend. The Purple People Eaters outscored the Phins 21-0 in the first quarter and 17-0 in the fourth quarter on their way to a 41-17 victory. The Vikings are still just 3-4 straight up and against the spread in their last seven games.
The Lions are coming off a 14-13 to the Buffalo Bills as 2.5-point road underdogs. The result improved Detroit to 8-6 against the spread this season.
The under plays the biggest part in the trends for this game. For starters, the Lions have played under the total in five straight and in seven of their last eight games. The under is also 8-2 in the last 10 meetings between these two sides.
Despite the overwhelming under trends, the total has actually come down during the week. Sports Interaction opened with the 43.5-point total and the number has dropped to 42.5 as we edge closer to kick off. The Vikes opened as 4.5-point road faves and have been bet up to 5.5-point chalk.
Minny’s players responded well to the switch up at offensive coordinator. Sunday’s game against Miami was Kevin Stefanski’s first game as Vikings OC and the team put up 41 points.
Dalvin Cook might be the happiest player with the change. He received a season-high 19 carries and picked up 163 total yards from the line of scrimmage along with a pair of rushing touchdowns.
The Vikings can clinch a playoff spot if they take care of the Lions and the Eagles and Redskins both loss this weekend.
The Lions won’t get their own difference-maker in the backfield back on Sunday. Rookie running back Kerryon Johnson was placed on the season IR on Wednesday because of a lingering knee injury.
He gained a combined 854 rushing and receiving yards before he picked up the knee injury in Week 11. The Lions are averaging just 15.5 points per game since Johnson’s been out.