Matthew Stafford, Megatron and the Detroit Lions are currently the 6th seed out of the NFC and hope to boost their playoff standings when they host Teddy Bridgewater, Greg Jennings and the Minnesota Vikings who will look to play spoiler.
This is Detroit’s last home game of the season and probably their easiest as they face the imploding Bears outdoors at Soldier Field in winter weather followed by the playoff bound Packers at Lambeau in the final two weeks. The simple truth is that three wins guarantee a spot, and two might be enough.
The week 15 NFL betting odds have the Lions listed as 8-point favorites over the Vikings and game total is at 43 points.
Matchup: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
Date: Dec. 14, 2014
Start Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Stadium: Ford Field
TV Info: FOX
Radio: Minnesota Vs Detroit
Point Spread: Lions -8
Game Total: 43
Analyzing The NFL Week 15 Online Football Odds – Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
The Lions are 9-4 in the season and one game behind the Packers in the NFC North, but knowing that would win the tiebreaker if they have the same record. Detroit is 6-1 at home this season and coming off a 34-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, but also knowing they will have to visit Chicago and Green Bay in the last two games of the season.
The Lions are averaging 20.4 points and 349.2 yards per game and they are led by Matthew Stafford who has thrown for 3644 yards, 18 TDs & 10 INTs this season with 87.8 passer rating, while leading the Lions to be the 9th best passing offense in the NFL. Stafford may struggle this Sunday facing the Vikings 6th ranked pass defense.
Joique Bell has rushed for 64 yards and six touchdowns to lead Detroit in rushing and Golden Tate has 4 catches and three touchdowns and Calvin Johnson has 57 catches and six touchdowns.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 12, 2014
"I am more interested in winning. But I know one thing: If you have too many (penalties), they lead to problems; they lead to deficiencies, they lead to losses," coach Jim Caldwell said. "That is an area we have to get straightened away."
The Lions have one of the top defenses in the NFL allowing 17.2 points per game and are ranked 2nd n yards allowed with 295.7 with a plus six turnover ratio. DeAndre Levy has 121 tackles, Tahir Whitehead has 69 tackles, and Glover Quin has 60 tackles but Ndamukong Suh and the rest of the DL deserve a lot of the credit allowing just 62.8 rushing yards per game.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 11, 2014
With a 6-7 record, the Minnesota Vikings are playing for their jobs next year but this week they hope avenge their week six loss to the Lions. The Vikings have won four of six, but against all teams with losing records. Minnesota has a hard time moving the ball after losing Adrian Peterson and Matt Cassel. First round draft choice rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater has thrown for 2,136 yards, 10 TDs & 8 INTs this season, with a 82.4 passer rating.
"This franchise is Teddy’s. I know that was a good headline for you," coach Mike Zimmer said. "That’s what he needs to do. He needs to take it over. This is his team now."
RB Matt Asiata has six rushing touchdowns and 32 receptions out of the backfield and veteran WR Greg Jennings has 50 catches and four touchdowns. The Vikings defense allows 21.6 points and 348.1 yards per game and they are plus one turnover ratio.
Detroit’s defense might be too big of a challenge for the young QB as the Lions have the 10th best passing defense in the NFL and the best stopping the run, to rank second total, allowing just 17.2 points per game.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 12, 2014
The Lions are 6-17-3 ATS in their last 26 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC North teams but 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games in December.
The Vikings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win, 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games in December, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall, and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC teams.
The Detroit Lions are the better team on paper and on the field and they also have something to play for.