The Minnesota Vikings took a crucial loss in Week 13 to lose out on a chance to tie the Green Bay Packers atop the NFC North standings. It’s not yet the end of the world for the Vikings, though, who have +1500 odds to win Super Bowl 54. They can bounce right back when they host the struggling Detroit Lions, who, at this point, are merely looking to take another team to the grave.
Betting Preview for the Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings NFL Regular Season Week 14 Game on December 8, 2019
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
When: Sunday, December 8, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
Line: Detroit Lions (+13) vs. Minnesota Vikings (-13) – view all 2019 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Detroit Lions (3-8)
There’s a certain amount of shame a team should feel when losing to Mitchell Trubisky, which the Lions experienced in Week 14 when they absorbed a 24-20 home loss to the Chicago Bears. Against Chicago, the Lions had an undrafted rookie quarterback under center in David Blough, who passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns with an interception on 22-of-38 completions. It was a much better performance than what most people expected Blough to come up with, and it looks like he’s going to be the Lions’ starter for the rest of the season. Jeff Driskel has been placed on injured reserved list, while Matthew Stafford is said to be “week to week”, but that’s more coach’s speak than anything optimistic about his availability. Even though Blough is unproven, he still has a dangerous set of receivers downfield. Danny Amendola and Marvin Jones had 105 and 93 receiving yards in their 42-30 home loss to the Vikings earlier this season, with Jones also hauling down four touchdowns.
The over is 2-1 in the Lions’ last three games.
Betting on the Minnesota Vikings (8-4)
The Vikings missed out on a chance to put more pressure on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North division, as they took their foot off the brakes and lost to the Seattle Seahawks on the road on Monday, 37-30. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 276 yards and a pair of touchdowns with an interception while completing 22 of 38 pass attempts. The Vikings’ offense took a hit midgame when running back Dalvin Cook hurt his shoulder which led to his eventual premature exit from the contest. Cook was asked about how he feels about his availability in Week 14 following the game against Seattle and expressed optimism about his chances to play against Detroit. Cook gashed the Lions’ defense for 142 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in the first meeting. If Cook can’t go, Alexander Mattison will likely take over the lead in the Vikings’ ground attack for the meantime. Wide receiver Adam Thielen also didn’t play (again) against Seattle, but another week to heal up could have him ready lining up downfield this coming Sunday.
The Vikings are 5-5 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 games.
The Vikings win, 31-17.
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