NFL Week 12 betting action kicks off with the Minnesota Vikings on Motor City to face the Detroit Lions if the first of three Thanksgiving Day NFL games. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:45 PM ET on Thursday, Nov. 23th live from Ford Field.
Minnesota is 8 and 2 overall. The Vikings are 7 and 3 against the spread. Detroit is 6 and 4 straight up. The Lions are 5-4-1 against the spread.
Minnesota Vikings Vs Detroit Lions Spread & ATS Pick
The Las Vegas NFL oddsmakers are giving the Vikings a slight edge on the road over the Lions have opened the game as a pick. If the game was at a neutral location the Vikings would be favored by a field-goal. The total opened at 45 and has dipped half a point to 44.5.
Bet on Minnesota Vikings because…
Minnesota’s defense ranks fourth in points allowed per game, third in yards per play and fifth in yards per game. This past week, the Vikings D shut down the league’s top-scoring offense.
The Vikings beat the Rams 24-7 in Week 11 betting action. QB Case Keenum completed 27 of 38 passes for 280 yards and no turnovers against the team that benched him last season for No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff. He also guided the Vikings to their sixth straight victory in a matchup of division leaders.
This is the Vikings second straight Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions, who have won five of the last seven games in the series including a 14-7 victory at Minnesota on Oct. 1st.
Bet on Detroit Lions because…
QB Matthew Stafford has been fantastic in 2017. Stafford went 7-of-12 for 169 yards and a score on attempts of 15-plus yards in Week 11, continuing a recent trend. He’s been far more successful on deep throws during Detroit’s three-game win streak than he was earlier in the season.
So far this season, Stafford has thrown 19 TDs to only 5 picks. He’s completing 63% of his passes. He’s thrown for 2,760 yards.
Minnesota Vs Detroit ATS Pick
If the Lions win this tilt, they would cut the Vikings’ division lead to one game and hold the tiebreaker over Minnesota. To beat the Vikings, the Lions will probably have to play well from the start of the game, too, something Detroit has not done in wins over the Browns and Bears the past two weeks.
I don’t see Stafford allowing the Lions to lose this game on Thursday. Detroit might get behind by a couple of scores before the Lions go quick. The Lions are now 3-1 in games this season in which they have trailed by double digits in the first quarter.
As with most of the Lions’ wins this season, I expect a high-scoring affair Thanksgiving Day.