Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions - 12/11/22 NFL Picks and Prediction

Detroit Lions (5-7) vs Minnesota Vikings (10-2)

Game Info: Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 1:00 pm (Ford Field)

Betting Odds: Detroit Lions -1.5 -- Over/Under: 51.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions meet Sunday in week 14 NFL action at Ford Field. The Minnesota Vikings have won 9 of their last 10 games. The Detroit Lions have won 4 of their last 5 games.

The Minnesota Vikings have won 3 straight road games. Kirk Cousins is completing 64.6 percent of his passes for 2,933 yards, 18 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen have combined for 1,857 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns, while K.J. Osborn has 30 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 101.8 yards per contest, and Dalvin Cook leads the way with 927 yards and 7 touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 23.3 points and 398.7 yards per game. Jordan Hicks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 98 tackles, Za’Darius Smith has 9.5 sacks and Harrison Smith has 5 interceptions.

The Detroit Lions have split their last 6 home games. Jared Goff is completing 64.9 percent of his passes for 3,022 yards, 19 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kalif Raymond have combined for 1,212 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns, while Josh Reynolds has 29 receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 127 yards per contest, and Jamaal Williams leads the way with 769 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 27 points and 402.2 yards per game. Alex Anzalone leads the Detroit Lions with 91 tackles, Aidan Hutchinson has 6 sacks and Kerby Joseph has 3 interceptions.

The Vikings are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Lions are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 14-6 in Vikings last 20 games overall. The over is 10-4 in Lions last 14 games overall. The Vikings are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.

The Detroit Lions are playing good ball right now with an offense that's on fire, but this line does feel a bit strange to me. The Minnesota Vikings have the second-best record in the league and have won 9 of the last 10 meetings against the Lions. Yes, the Vikings have defensive issues, and you could argue they're not as good as their record indicates. However, let's not act like the Lions have great balance, as they're 32nd in both total defense and scoring defense. It feels like we're getting free points with the better team. Give me the Vikings. 

Randy’s Pick Minnesota Vikings +1.5

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