- The NFC North clash between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions is set for this Sunday.
- The Vikes lost to the San Francisco 49ers last week, showing their inconsistency once again.
- Meanwhile, the Lions missed a nice chance to defeat the Bears on Thanksgiving Day.
The Vikings fans are probably the most frustrating unit in the NFL community. Their favorites are constantly going back and forth, putting some excellent games which are always followed by unexpected and mediocre performance.
Meanwhile, there are no realistic expectations in Detroit, and it’s hard to see where a win is going to come from.
Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions Schedule
- Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
- When: Sunday, December 5, 1 pm ET
- How to Watch CBS
Vikings vs Lions Vegas Odds
Vikes Frozen In the Worst Moment
After beating the Packers a week earlier, and posting a big victory on the road over the Chargers week before that, the Vikes suddenly came back into the NFC playoff race, having a massive chance to take a colossal step forward with a win over the direct rivals, the San Francisco 49ers.
However, they lost 34-26 in Bay Area, slipping back below the .500 mark and showing that they really are one of the most unpredictable teams in the league.
Their main problem throughout the entire campaign – defending the run game – emerged again to the surface, as 49ers posted 208 rushing yards and three scores o the ground. On the other hand, Dalvin Cook had only 10 carries for 39 yards, while Kirk Cousins ended the game with a mediocre 238 passing yards, two TD tosses, and one pick.
Missed Chance for the First Win
Or it really wasn’t. Many say the Lions are deliberately tanking the season to get the top pick at the upcoming draft. Yet, we don’t see any game-changers in this class, meaning that their decision could be wrong as most of them in the past decade and more.
Detroit was up until the last seconds, once Cairo Santos scored a walk-off FG winner, bringing the Bears a 16-14 victory. Some might say it’s pretty tragic, but to be honest, we won’t be surprised if the Lions end the season without a single triumph.
Jared Goff had a solid game for this year’s standards with 171 passing yards and two TDs without a pick, but he did lose a fumble. So there you have it, he simply has to commit one turnover per game, even when all the other areas of this performance are OK.
Head to Head – Minnesota Won the First Matchup of the Season
The Vikes lead the NFC North series 79-39-2, and they also defeated the Lions in their first game of the year. It was a close call for the hosts in that one, 19-17. It was the eighth straight victory of the franchise from Minneapolis.
NFL Picks Today
The Vikes are the absolute favorites here, and we won’t waste too much of your time, but we agree with the bookmakers. They need to win, despite all the inconsistencies and surprising results. The spread for Vikings is currently -7, and I think they will cover it despite their inconsistencies.
- Vikings -7
NFL Week 13 Predictions/Picks:
Thursday Night Football This Week (Dec 2)
NFL Sunday Picks (Dec 5)
- Cardinals vs Bears
- Colts vs Texans
- Chargers vs Bengals
- Vikings vs Lions
- Giants vs Dolphins
- Eagles vs Jets
- Buccaneers vs Falcons
- Jaguars vs Rams
- WFT vs Raiders
- Ravens vs Steelers
- 49ers vs Seahawks
- Broncos vs Chiefs
Monday Night Football Predictions (Dec 6)