It will be the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions facing off for the second time this season. In their last meeting in week two, the Lions lost by a 26-16 score. These two NFC North rivals were predicted to make some noise this season. While the Lions have faltered, the Vikings are showing signs of growth.
This time around the Vikings are slim 2-point NFL week 7 betting favorites to beat the home-town Lions. The game kicks off on FOX this Sunday, October 25th at 1:00 PM ET from Ford Field.
A Closer Look At Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions NFL Week 7 Odds & My Betting Preview
What: Minnesota Vikings (3-2) at Detroit Lions (1-5)
When: Sunday, October 25, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Detroit, MI
Stadium: Ford Field
Spread: Vikings -2
Moneyline: Minnesota -145 vs Detroit +120
Game Total: 44.5
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Minnesota vs Detroit
If You Are Betting On The Minnesota Vikings Odds At -2
The Minnesota Vikings are 3-2 straight up and 4-1 against the spread so far this season. They average 19.2 points (29th), 179.6 passing yards (32nd) and 126.0 rushing yards (6th) per game. They earned an ugly win versus the Kansas City Chiefs by a 16-10 score last week thanks to a persistent defense and three field goals by Blair Walsh.
Second-year QB Teddy Bridgewater’s (1023 yards, 3 TDs & 4 INTs) has put his development on the back burner to smart football. There is no question that this is Adrian Peterson’s team.
Adrian Peterson averages 113.7 rush yards/game vs divisional opponents, most by any player since the 1970 Merger: pic.twitter.com/JKdLXJyFdP
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 21, 2015
Peterson (101 att, 432 yards & 3 TDs) is averaging 4.3 yards per carry but has fumbled the ball three times this season. The Vikings are hoping he can tighten up his play after missing almost all of last season. Last week he had 60 yards on 26 carries. But that was to be expected against the Chiefs run defense. In his last game versus the Lions, AP had a big game. He had 29 carries for 134 yards and two catches for 58 yards. I expect more of the same against a weak Lions D.
Bridgewater has had a great receiving corps to throw to with WR Mike Wallace (22 rec, 256 yards 1 TD) and TE Kyle Rudolph (16 rec, 113 yards, 2 TDs) as his top two targets. The emergence of rookie WR Stefon Diggs (13 rec, 216, 0 TD) will make this offense deadly for years.
Minnesota’s defense gives up 16.6 points (2nd), 240.0 passing yards (12th) and 11.8.5 rushing yards (19th) per game. Erick Kendricks leads the Vikings with 29 tackles; Everson Griffen has three sacks and Xavier Rhodes has three pass deflections.
If You Are Betting On The Detroit Lions Odds At +2
The Detroit Lions are a disappointing 1-5 straight up and against the spread so far this season. They average 20.0 points (26th), 292.2 passing yards (5th) and 66.5 rushing yards (32nd) per game. Last week they scraped by the tenacious Bears by a 37-34 score. In that game, the Lions’ 546 total yards were the most since lighting up the Packers for 561 in a 2013 Thanksgiving.
QB Matthew Stafford has thrown for 1610 yards, 10 TDs & 9 INTs, while posting an 82.4 passer rating. Stafford is coming off the best game of the season, throwing for 402 yards, 4 TDs & 1 INTs against the Bears.
WR Calvin Johnson (38 rec, 488 yards, 2 TDs) finally had a Megatron-esque game after catching six of the nine passes for 166 yards and a touchdown last week. He had been averaging 64.4 receiving yards, his fewest since averaging 50.4 as a rookie in 2007. Fellow WR Golden Tate (32 rec, 304 yards, 1 TD) scored a questionable TD, his first of the season.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 19, 2015
Rookie rusher Ameer Abdullah (54 att, 179 yards, 1 TDs) was expected to give the Lions run game a shot in the arm, but he’s been a turnover monster with three fumbles. When he can keep the ball, the team is averaging 4.0 rushing yards per game this season.
Detroit’s defense allows 28.7 points (29th), 266.0 passing yards (22nd) and 120.7 rushing yards (26th) per game. Stephen Tulloch leads the Lions with 48 tackles, Ezekiel Ansah has five sacks and Glover Quin has two interceptions.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- Minnesota Vikings 4-1 All Games this season
- Detroit Lions 1-5 All Games this season
- Minnesota Vikings 6-4 On Road since last season
- Detroit Lions 0-3 At Home this season
- Minnesota Vikings 3-1 As Favorite this season
- Detroit Lions 1-4 As Underdog or PK this season
- Minnesota Vikings 3-1 When Line was 43 to 46 this season
- Detroit Lions 0-3 When Line was 43 to 46 this season
- Minnesota Vikings 2-8 O-U On Road since last season
- Minnesota Vikings 0-4 O-U When Line is <45 this season
- Minnesota Vikings 4-9 O-U When Line is <45 since last season
- Detroit Lions 0-3 O-U When Line is <45 this season
- Detroit Lions 1-11 O-U When Line is <45 since last season
- Minnesota Vikings 0-4 O-U When Line was 43 to 46 this season
- Minnesota Vikings 1-9 O-U When Line was 43 to 46 since last season
The Vikings are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win, 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall, but 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a road favorite.
The Lions are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss, 6-18-3 ATS in their last 27 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win, 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NFC.
My NFL Week 7 Expert Pick: Bet the Vikings at -2 over Lions.
PLAYERS OUT OR DOUBTFUL:
- Minnesota: Josh Robinson, Shamar Stephen.
- Detroit: Zach Zenner, Eric Ebron, DeAndre Levy, Alex Carter.