The Minnesota Vikings will play their second consecutive home game Sunday when the Detroit Lions come into U.S. Bank Stadium as an underdog.
The Lions are coming off a 14-point home loss to the Seattle Seahawks in a game in which they were favored by 3. Ok, that’s going to happen. You’re going to run into one of those Russ Wilson games (14/17, 248 yards and 3 TDs) every now and then, dude is a buzzsaw. The loss to the Seahawks also snapped a six-game streak where the Lions have covered the spread. Six game stream ATS is preposterous.
The Vikings are coming off a Sunday Night Football game loss against the New Orleans Saints. The game shifted when Adam Thielen put the ball on the ground when the Vikings were on the doorstep of going up 10 points late in the first half. The Saints recover the ball and end up scoring in the last minute of the first half to take a lead and things went downhill from there. The Saints ended up being a slight favorite in the game before kickoff, and to be truthful that game was much closer than the 30-20 final score. That fumble and a premature stopped route from Stefon Diggs that ended up in a pick-six were the game. The loss snapped a three game streak of covering games for the Vikings.
Betting Odds for Sunday’s game according to William Hill:
When the lines first opened on Sunday night at 8 pm, the Vikings were a -6 favorite. On Monday morning that dropped to -5.5 and Tuesday morning it dropped to -4.5 before settling at -5 at the time of this blog (Tuesday night). The over/under right now is set at 49.5. In the last 5 games, the average O/U for Vikings games is 47.9 and 48.9 for the Lions. So what that’s telling me is Vegas is expecting this game to be a little bit of a shootout, which is fair considering both Kirk Cousins has thrown 341 attempts this season, one pass behind the league leaders in Joe Flacco and Andrew Luck. It’s the 4th highest total for this week’s slate of NFL games.