Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions: 1/3/21 NFL Picks and Prediction
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Detroit Lions (5-10) vs Minnesota Vikings (6-9)
Game Info: Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Ford Field)
Betting Odds: Detroit Lions +6.5 -- Over/Under: 54.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Minnesota Vikings will travel to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.
The Minnesota Vikings lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 6-9 on the season after being defeated the New Orleans Saints, 55-33, this Friday. The Minnesota defense ahs no answers for Alvan Kamara, who scored an NFL record tying 6 TD’s, and could not fight back after the Saints took a 45-27 lead late in the 4th quarter on a 1-yard TD run by Taysom Hill. Minnesota was outgained by New Orleans by a 583-364 margin and forced 2 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Vikings was QB Kirk Cousins who completed 27 of 41 passes for 291 yards & 3 TD’s.
On the season, Minnesota is averaging 26.2 ppg on 401.2 total yards per game (257.3 passing yds/g; 143.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Minnesota has been led by Dalvin Cook who had 1,557 rushing yards 7 6 TD’s on 312 carries. Cook is also the Vikings 3rd leading receiver as he has 44 receptions for 361 yards 7 1 TD. QB Kirk Cousins has completed 67.4% of his passes for 3,860 yards (267.7 passing yds/g), 32 TD, & 13 INT. The top receiving threats for the Vikings have been Justin Jefferson (79 rec, 1,267 yards, 7 TD), Adam Thielen (70 rec, 868 yards, 14 TD), and Irv Smith Jr. (28 rec, 335 yards, 5 TD).
Defensively, Minnesota is allowing their opponents to average 29.3 ppg on 399.7 total yards per game (264.9 passing yds/g; 134.8 rushing yds/g).
The Detroit Lions lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 5-10 on the season after being defeated by the Buccaneers, 47-7, this past Saturday. Detroit was dominated on both ends of the field against the Buccaneers and had no chance of fighting back into the game after going into halftime trailing by a 34-0 margin. Leading the way for the Lions was Jamal Agnew who provided the Lions with their only points of the game on a 74-yard punt return TD.
On the season, Detroit is averaging 22.8 ppg on 364.9 total yards per game (273.6 passing yds/g; 91.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Detroit has been led by QB Matthew Stafford who has completed 64.2% of his passes for 3,791 yards (259.6 passing yds/g), 23 TD, & 9 INT. Stafford is battling a few injuries and had to leave the game early against Tampa Bay due to an ankle injury. If Stafford can’t go, he will be replaced by either Chase Daniel or David Blough who both saw action this past Saturday. The top receiving threats for the Lions have been Marvin Jones Jr. (68 rec, 798 yards, 7 TD), T.J. Hockenson (64 rec, 698 yards, 6 TD), & Danny Amendola (45 rec, 596 yards). Leading the way for the Lions backfield ahs been D’Andre Swift (102 att, 467 yards, 7 TD) & Adrian Peterson (149 att, 541 yards, 6 TD).
Defensively, Detroit is allowing their opponents to average 32.1 ppg on 425.4 total yards per game (289.9 passing yds/g; 135.5 rushing yds/g).
The Vikings are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a losing home record, however, are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Lions are 8-18 ATS in their last 26 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.
The Vikings have had a disappointing season in a large part due to their banged-up defense that allowed 111 points over their last three weeks, however, as bad as it’s been for the Vikings, it’s still been worse for the Lions who once against look completely lost on both ends of the field. We will have to monitor the status of Matthew Stafford, however, as of right now, as I expect the Lions to shut him down, I think Minnesota’s offense has not problem putting up a ton of points in this one and that they do enough to cover this road spread. Good Luck!