LionsvsVikingsOdds

MinnesotaVikings+2。

5

DetroitLions-2。

5

Over/Under41。

5

MyPick

TheVikingsstartedtheseasononateardespiteinjuriestoTeddyBridgewaterandAdrianPeterson,andlookedliketheteamtobeatintheNFC。

However,theteamsufferedafourgamelosingstreak,whichshrunktheirdivisionlead,andlefttheminatiewiththeLions。

StaffordalwaysperformswellonThanksgiving。

WiththeGreenBayPackersstrugglingthisseason,itlooksliketheLionsorVikingswillwinthedivisionthisyear,whichmakesthisaverybiggameforbothsides。

TheVikingsandLionsplayedeachotheracoupleofweeksago,withtheLionswinningthegame22-16。

IfDetroitwinsthistimearound,theywilltakesolepossessionofthedivisionleadandhavethetie-breakeredgeovertheVikingsiftheyfinishwiththesamerecord。

MatthewStaffordwasexpectedtostrugglethisseasonafterCalvinJohnsonannouncedhisretirementattheendofthe2015season。

However,Staffordishavingoneofhisbestseasonasapro,andisoneofthefrontrunnersfortheMVPaward。

DespiteStafford’sperformancethisseason,theLionsstillhavetroublerunningtheballefficiently。

Theteamaverages79。

5rushingyardspergame,whichis30thintheleague。

Thelackofaconsistentrunninggamemakestheiroffenseonedimensional,andafewopponentshavebeenabletousethattotheiradvantage。

TheVikingshavebeenkeptaliveinthedivisionraceformostoftheseasonbytheirdefense,whichisconsideredtobeoneofthebestintheleague。

However,duringtheirfour-gamelosingstreak,thedefensedidn’tplayverywell,andgotlittlesupportfromtheiroffense。

Lastweek,thedefensegotbackontrackagainsttheArizonaCardinals,andputpressureonCarsonPalmerallday,whichpreventedtheCardinalsoffensefromgettingintoacomfortablegroove。

AftertheirperformanceagainstArizona,theVikingswillbegoingintothisgamewithsomeconfidence。

However,theiroffenseneedstoplaybetterthantheyhaveinrecentweekstogivetheteamagreatchancetowinthegame。

MinnesotawillbewithouttheservicesofcornerbackTerrenceNewman,whoislistedasdoubtfulforthegame。

WithoutNewmaninthelineup,lookforStaffordtotryandexploittheVikingssecondarybytargetingNewman’sreplacementwheneverhegetsachance。

Finalword

TheVikingsaren’taverygoodroadteam,butIexpectthemtokeepthisgameveryclose。

However,StaffordandDetroit’soffensewillprovetoomuchtohandleandtheLionswillwinthegameandcoverthespread。

Play:Lions-2。

5@Bovada。

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