Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions - 12/8/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Detroit Lions (3-8-1) at Minnesota Vikings (8-4)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm (U.S. Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -13.5 -- Over/Under: 42.5
The Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings meet Sunday in week 14 NFL action at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Detroit Lions need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Detroit Lions have lost four straight road games. Matthew Stafford is completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. Stafford has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 16 games. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. have combined for 1,691 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns while Danny Amendola has 45 receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 105.6 yards per contest, and Kerryon Johnson leads the way with 308 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 26.3 points and 398.1 yards per game. Tracy Walker leads the Detroit Lions with 69 tackles, Devon Kennard has six sacks and Darius Slay has two interceptions.
The Minnesota Vikings look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Minnesota Vikings have won all five home games this season. Kirk Cousins is completing 69.3 percent of his passes for 3,032 yards, 23 touchdowns and four interceptions. Cousins has two or more touchdown passes in 12 of his last 21 games. Stefon Diggs and Dalvin Cook have combined for 1,395 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Adam Thielen has 27 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 137.1 yards per contest, and Cook leads the way with 1,046 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 20.2 points and 347.4 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 96 tackles, Danielle Hunter has 9.5 sacks and Anthony Harris has four interceptions.
The Lions are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Vikings are 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 home games, 15-7-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lions are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the favorite is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Vikings last 4 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Lions last 7 games overall.
The Detroit Lions are 3-3 ATS in their last six games as a double-digit underdog. The Minnesota Vikings are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games as a double-digit favorite. The Detroit Lions aren't winning games, but six of their last seven losses have been decided by eight or less points, so they're hanging around despite an inconsistent defense and constant quarterback changes. The Minnesota Vikings are coming off a frustrating loss to the Seattle Seahawks, and you have to go back to week 7 (against these Lions) the last time the Vikings won a game by more than 10 points. The Lions have had extra time to prepare for this game after playing on Thanksgiving and the Vikings have a short week. I'll take my chances with the two free touchdowns.