Vikings Vs Lions Spread, ATS Pick & TV InfoNoah Williams
A battle for NFC North crown will take center stage mid-day this Thanksgiving Day when the Minnesota Vikings visit the Detroit Lions. The NFL Week 12 Vikings Vs Lions betting spread favors the home team by 2.5-points. Kick-off is this Thursday, November 24th at 12:30 PM ET on CBS from Ford Field, in Detroit, Michigan.
The Lions-Vikings Thanksgiving game will actually mean something this year! The winner will be in prime position to take the NFC North
— Joel (@NobodyEpic) November 20, 2016
Minnesota Vikings Vs Detroit Lions Spread & ATS Pick
What: Minnesota Vikings (6-4) at Detroit Lions (6-4)
When: Thursday, November 24, 2016
Start Time: 12:30 PM ET
Where: Detroit, MI
Stadium: Ford Field
Spread: Lions -2.5
Moneyline: Minnesota +130 vs Detroit -150
Game Total: 42.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Minnesota vs Detroit
Why Bet The Minnesota Vikings To Beat The Lions
The Minnesota Vikings are back in the win column after taking down the Cardinals by a 30-24 score. They snapped a four game skid. They are 6-4 SU and ATS this season. They average 20.5 points per game (22nd) and allow 17.6 points per game (2nd).
"It’s been a long, long, long month, but it’s good to feel this again," said Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. "It’s good to see the fight that the players had, to see the hard work."
Minnesota averages 223.8 passing yards per game (24th). QB Sam Bradford (2191 yards, 12 TDs & 2 INTs) went 20 of 28 for 169 yards and one touchdown against the Cardinals. After playing like a franchise QB over the first month of the season, Bradford has returned to his predestrian ways. His top target, WR Stefon Diggs (67 rec, 747 yards, 2 TDs) had only six receptions for 37 yards last week. The Vikings average 70.0 rushing yards per game (32nd). As a team, they ran for 72 yards against the Cardinals. RB Jerick McKinnon (97 car, 285 yards, 1 TD) was their rushing leader with 44 yards on 16 carries.
The Vikings have the 4th best total defense in the NFL. They allow 206.0 passing yards per game (4th) and 100.8 rushing yards per game (13th). Harrison Smith leads the team with 73 tackles, and Danielle Hunter has 7.0 sacks.
Why Bet The Detroit Lions To Beat The Vikings
The Lions have won five of their last six games, including a 26-19 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. They are playin a meaningful game on Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. They are 6-4 SU and ATS this season. They average 22.9 points per game (17th) and allow 22.5 points per game (16th).
Detroit averages 252.2 passing yards per game (16th). QB Matthew Stafford (2651 yards, 18 TDs & 5 INTs) was held off the score sheet for a second time this season. TE Eric Ebron (43 car, 451 yards, 1 TD) and RB Theo Riddick (43 rec, 343 yards, 4 TDs) were the two best receivers last week, each with 70 receiving yards. WR Marvin Jones (38 rec, 676 yards, 4 TDs) remains the team’s best wideout this season, but he has run into a slump. The Lions average 79.5 rushing yards per game (30th). RB Theo Riddick (79 car, 310 yards, 1 TD) averages 3.9 yards per carry on one of the worst rush offesnes in the league.
Detroit has the 19th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They give up 254.0 passing yards per game (17th) and 104.6 rushing yards per game (18th). Tahir Whitehead has 63 tackles, and Kerry Hyder has 7.0 sacks.
Betting Trends for this Matchup:
- Minnesota is 19-6 ATS in its last 25 games
- Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- Detroit is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- Detroit is 6-14-3 ATS in its last 23 games when playing Minnesota
- Detroit is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games when playing Minnesota
Vikings Vs Lions ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
Detroit won the first meeting agasint Minnesota. A season sweep may all but guarantee the NFC North crown. The only way the Vikings can win this game is if their D plays lights out.
My final score prediction is Minnesota 17, Detroit 20.