NFL teams don’t usually over come 0-2 records to start the season to make the playoffs. For one of these two teams the final score of this game will spell disaster for their 2015 campaign. The home town Minnesota Vikings are 3-point favorites when they host the Detroit Lions.
An In-Depth Look At The Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings NFL Week 2 Stats & Trends
What: Detroit Lions (0-1) at Minnesota Vikings (0-1)
When: Sunday, Sept. 20th, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium
Weather: 72° F/ Scattered Clouds
Spread: Vikings -3
Moneyline: Lions +113 V Vikings -133
Game Total: 44
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Detroit vs Minnesota
The Lions are the most talented team that just doesn’t seem to want to win when it counts. They will need the famed “Eye Of The Tiger” edge this week against the hungry Vikings. But can they over come the plethora of injuries plaguing their squad after just a week of play?
DeAndre Levy (hip), Haloti Ngata (shoulder), Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) and Golden Tate (quad) missed practice for the Lions on Wednesday. Caraun Reid, Larry Warford, Darius Slay (ankles) all limited. Matthew Stafford (right arm) practiced in full, but the doctors are keeping an eye on him.
In their season opener, the Lions were outscored by a staggering 23-7 score in the second half against the San Diego Chargers. They lost the game by a score of 33 to 28, failing to cover the spread as a 3.5 point underdog.
"We had some pressure on him the first half quite a few times," Detroit coach Jim Caldwell was quoted in the Journal Gazette about his team pressuring Chargers QB Philip Rivers . "The second half we didn’t get to him much. There were a lot of quick screens on the outside that we didn’t run down."
The Lions defense lack of success against Rivers wasn’t the only problem. The offense only recorded 307 total yards. QB Matthew Stafford completed 19 of 30 passes for 246 yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs.
Their rush game was also a non-factor. This was a self-imposed exile asCaldwell abandoned the run. The team only had 16 total rushes in the game combining for for 69 yards. Seven of those carries were from rookie RB Ameer Abdullah, who had 50 yards and one touchdown.
Will the Lions stick with the running game in Week 2 against the Vikings?
If they are smart they will follow the 49ers blueprint to beat the Vikings. In their MNF tilt, the 49ers ran wild against Minnesota and won the game 20 to 3. The Niners were able to control the clock and rack up the yards with sophomore rusher Carlos Hyde putting up 168 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.
— #SEAvsGB (@SNFonNBC) September 15, 2015
This game will mark the return of stud RB Adrian Peterson. This will be his first home game in 658 days, in a stadium where he’s only stood on the sidelines as a spectator. The last time Peterson put on a purple jersey in front of Vikings fans, it was Dec. 1, 2013, when he carried 35 times for 211 yards in an overtime win against the Chicago Bears.
A big reason for the Vikings one-sided loss was HC Mike Zimmer’s decision to give AP just 10 carries. Vikings fans better hope that changes fast.
But don’t be too quick to vilify Zimmer. The Vikings offensive line looked suspect, allowing QB Teddy Bridgewater to be sacked five times. The second year QB was never given time to work through his progressions. There is no surprise his numbers were pedestrian as he completed 23 of 32 passes for 231 yards and 1 INTs.
Detroit won both games last season and but they split results against the spread.
Betting Trends Related To This Game:
- Detroit Lions 3-7 On Road since last season
- Minnesota Vikings 5-3 At Home since last season
- Detroit Lions 2-5 As Underdog or PK since last season
- Detroit Lions 0-2 When Line was 41.5 to 44.5 since last season
- Detroit Lions 2-5 As Road Underdog since last season
- Detroit Lions 2-8 O-U On Road since last season
- Detroit Lions 1-8 O-U When Line is <45 since last season
- Minnesota Vikings 4-6 O-U When Line is <45 since last season
- Detroit Lions 1-8 O-U When Line was 41.5 to 44.5 since last season
- Minnesota Vikings 2-6 O-U When Line was 41.5 to 44.5 since last season
- Minnesota Vikings 1-3 O-U vs Teams Averaging <21 PPG since last season
The Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a S.U. loss, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in September, 3-7 ATS in their last ten games as a road underdog, and 2-7-1 ATS in their last ten games in Week 2.
The Vikings are 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 games as a favorite, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall, and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games as a favorite of 0.5-3.0 points.
Players Out of Doubtful:
- Lions: Alex Carter
- Vikings: N/A
*stats by Sportsline.com