The Minnesota Vikings look to go 2-0 this season against the Detroit Lions when these two teams meet again this coming Sunday. Will the Vikings Detroit? Or will the Lions finally score their first win of the season at the expense of Minnesota? Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions Regular Season Week 13 Game on December 5, 2021
Where: Ford Field, Detroit
When: Sunday, December 5, 2021, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Minnesota Vikings (-7)
Regular Season Record: 5-6
The Vikings failed to extend their win streak to three games after losing last Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers on the road, 34-26. That was a great missed opportunity for the Vikings to improve their chances for at least a wild card ticket to the playoffs, but the good thing for them is that they will get the hapless Lions next. This is the same Detroit team the Vikings beat in Week 5 at home, 19-17. The Vikings got bad news after Week 12’s loss to San Francisco, as running back Dalvin Cook will miss some games due to a dislocated shoulder, but the Vikings also beat Detroit in the first meeting without him. Alexander Mattison is one of the best backup running backs in the league who could be an RB1 in other teams, so expect him to have a field day against the Lions’ porous run defense that is 29th in the NFL with 133.9 rushing yards allowed per game. Mattison rushed for 113 yards on 25 carries in Week 5.
The Vikings are 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games.
Betting on the Detroit Lions (+7)
Regular Season Record: 0-10
The Lions reach Week 13 still winless. They are coming off a 16-14 home loss to the Chicago Bears, which was another “so close” moment for these Lions, who have not scored more than 16 points in any of their last three games. There seems to be an issue with their playcalling which they need to straighten out before they run out of chances to record a win. That being said, Jared Goff looked a whole lot better in the Chicago game than in most of his other outings. He threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns without an interception on 21/25 completions against Chicago. Wide receiver Josh Reynolds and tight end T.J. Hockenson each had a receiving score. Goff, Reynolds, and Hockenson will have to build on those performances, as they expect a heavier load on offense with running back D’Andre Swift unlikely to play in Week 13 due to a shoulder injury.
The Lions are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games after producing fewer than 250 total yards in their previous game.
The Vikings win, 28-17.
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