NFL Picks: Lions vs Vikings Prediction, Week 5 Vegas Odds

  • The Detroit Lions visit the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday.
  • The franchise from Motor City is 0-4.
  • Meanwhile, the Vikings are surprisingly bad with just one victory in four games. 

A divisional derby awaits us at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, where Vikings seek their second win of the season against the pale Detroit Lions. Many see the Vikes as absolute favorites in this event, but Jared Goff and the boys would disagree with that. 

Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings Schedule 

  • Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • When: Sunday, October 10, 2021, 1:00 PM ET
  • How to Watch: FOX

Lions vs Vikings Vegas Odds

Lions vs Vikings Preview

Lions Not That Bad Actually

Even though they lost all four games, the Detroit Lions are playing above expectations. Apart from the one with the Packers, their performances all showed that this unit has a certain quality. 

For instance, against the Chicago Bears last week, they had five trips to the red zone, but in the end delivered only 14 points. The Lions can’t execute the possessions, and if they had a bit more reliable weapon in those situations, we are more than sure that at least one win would be in their account since the start of the season.  

Goff had 299 yards against the Bears, with two touchdown passes. Overall, he has 1100 yards thrown with seven TDs and two picks, which is not that bad at all. Jeff Okudah’s injury is something that most definitely disrupted Detroit’s plans, and they now have to find different solutions on the cornerback position.

What on Earth is Happening With the Vikings?

When looking at the stats, three of the Vikes leading offensive players have incredible stats. WR Jefferson caught 338 yards and three TDs, Dalvin Cook has one score and 226 yards, while Kirk Cousins threw for 1121 yards, nine touchdowns, and one pick. Overall, it really can’t be better than this. 

The defense is problematic, though. They allow 23 points per game, and 414 yards from the scrimmage. It is something that we didn’t expect to see from Zimmer and his staff. 

Two of the Vikes’ losses were pretty tight. The first in Cincinnati was after overtime, 27-24, and one week after, they would lose in Arizona, 34-33. Both of these games could go either way, but Minnesota simply didn’t have any luck.

Lions vs Vikings Head to Head Games

These two franchises have met 119 times so far, and the Vikes have a massive advantage, 78-39-2.

Right now, the Vikes are on a seven-game winning streak against this opponent. Last year, they won at home, 34-20, and after that squeezed out a victory in Detroit, 37-35.

NFL Picks This Week:

Who will win tonight’s NFL game: 

Minnesota is a better team here, and we don’t have to explain why. Their offensive potential is far greater than the Lions’ and they will roll over the guests in that area of play. On the other side, even though they aren’t that shinny on the defensive end, the Vikes are far better than the rivals and have the edge in this aspect as well. Therefore, the hosts’ win is the only logical outcome. 

Expert Pick:

  • Minnesota Wins

Expert Pick Against the Spread: 

  • Minnesota -7.5
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