The 3-4 Detroit Lions are coming off a loss, but they will have a chance to bounce back when they take on the 4-3-1Minnesota Vikings, who are also fresh off a defeat in Week 8. The Lions are +950 to win the NFC North, while the Vikings are +110 to emerge on top of the division by regular season’s end.
Betting Preview for the Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings NFL Week 9 Game on November 4, 2018
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
When: Sunday, November 4, 2018, 1:00 PM ET
Line: Detroit Lions (+4.5) vs Minnesota Vikings (-4.5) – view all 2018 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Detroit Lions (3-4)
First things first – the Lions just traded one of their most reliable offensive weapons at the trade deadline, shipping wide receiver Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles for a future draft pick. Having said that, no one should be feeling sorry now about the Lions’ receiving corps because it still has Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay. Although Detroit will feel the absence of Tate, the increased usage of Jones and Golladay should make the team easily move on from the traded veteran. Last week, Jones paced the team with 117 receiving yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions and 10 targets in a 28-14 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks. However. Jones and Golladay need plenty of help, as the Vikings’ defense is no joke. That’s another way of saying that Detroit’s backfield need to show up. Against the Seahawks, Detroit only generated 34 rushing yards on 13 carries. Minnesota’s run defense is stout, but it was just two weeks ago when Lions rookie tailback Kerryon Johnson broke out with 158 rushing yards in a win over the Miami Dolphins.
Detroit is 3-0 ATS in its last three road games.
Betting on the Minnesota Vikings (4-3-1)
Minnesota saw its three-game unbeaten streak came to an end in a 30-20 home loss to the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings were not able to fully capitalize on the supposedly faulty pass defense of New Orleans. Although quarterback Kirk Cousins racked up 359 passing yards on 31-of-41 completions with two touchdowns, he had an interception and got sacked four times for a loss of 21 yards. They also had two turnovers, with the aforementioned pick by the Saints off Cousins and a fumble by wide receiver Adam Thielen. Speaking of Thielen, the extremely productive wideout recorded 103 receiving yards and a touchdown on seven catches and seven targets. He now owns an eight-game streak of at least 100 receiving yards. The Lions have the seventh-best pass defense, but Minnesota can open up space for Thielen and company by abusing early Detroit’s pathetic run defense that’s ranked second worst in the NFL.
The under is 3-1 in the Vikings’ last four home games.
Minnesota wins, 31-21.
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