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Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions Predictions, Odds, Picks and NFL Week 12 Betting Preview – November 24, 2016

Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions Predictions, Odds, Picks and NFL Week 12 Betting Preview – November 24, 2016

Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions Preview

Where: Ford Field, Detroit

When: Thursday, November 24, 2016, 12:30 PM ET

Line: Minnesota Vikings (+3) vs. Detroit Lions (-3); total: 42.5 – view all NFL lines

TV Broadcast: CBS

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Betting on the Minnesota Vikings (+3)

The Minnesota Vikings will head to their crunch showdown with the Detroit Lions with momentum on their side after beating the Arizona Cardinals, 30-24, on Sunday. It was a morale-boosting win for the Vikings who finally snapped their four-game losing streak. The Vikings are locked in a tight battle with the Lions atop the NFC North standings with both teams sporting 6-4 slates.

Leading the way for the Vikings in their Week 11 win was Sam Bradford. He completed 20 of 28 passes against the Cards for 169 yards and a touchdown. Bradford spread it around efficiently in Sunday’s victory, hitting seven different targets. He did most of his damage, however, on the perimeter with receivers Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Cordarrelle Patterson combining for 15 catches, 155 yards and a score.

The Vikings will need more of the same efficiency from Bradford if they are to beat the Lions in their Thanksgiving clash. Apart from Bradford making big plays on the offensive end, the Vikings will also need their defense to be relentless against the Lions. The vaunted Minnesota D finally showed up on Sunday, particularly in the second half where they held the Cards to just 38 total yards over the final 28 minutes. Xavier Rhodes took a star turn in that game, taking back one of his two interceptions 100 yards for a touchdown.

The Vikings also sacked Carson Palmer four times, the most since their last victory six weeks ago. It’s paramount for the Vikings that they apply the same kind of pressure this coming Thursday against Matthew Stafford. He managed 219 yards and two touchdowns against Minnesota in Week 9.

The Vikings are 2-3 SU and ATS on the road this season.

Betting on the Detroit Lions (-3)

There’s just no quit with these Detroit Lions. The Lions recorded yet another come-from-behind victory on Sunday, a 26-19 conquest of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Lions are the first team in NFL history to have six fourth-quarter comebacks within their first 10 outings. They have won five of six despite trailing in the fourth quarter of every game.

The Lions will look to keep the momentum going when they take on the Minnesota Vikings this coming Thursday. For the Lions to extend their winning streak to three games, they will need their defense to stand tall once again. They recorded two interceptions against the Jags on Sunday, including one which was returned for a touchdown by Rafael Bush. The Lions have allowed an average of just 20.5 points over their last six games.

The Lions will fancy their chances against the Vikings as they have fared extremely well against them of late. Detroit stunned Minnesota, 22-16, in their Week 9 clash at U.S. Bank Stadium. Stafford threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate in overtime to help the Lions grab the shock road win. The Lions will look for the same kind of result here at Ford Field where they have won four in a row.

The Lions are 5-5 SU and 3-6-1 ATS in their last 10 home games against the Vikings.

Writer’s Prediction

Minnesota (+3) pulls ahead in the NFC North race with a thrilling 24-21 road win.

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Written by Joel

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