Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings Pick, Odds, Week 14 Prediction 12/8/2019
Game: Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings
Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota -12.5
David Blough and the Detroit Lions are headed to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday where they'll meet the Minnesota Vikings. Detroit opens this matchup as 12.5-point dogs. The O/U opens at 42.5. The Lions are 3-8-1 ATS and 8-4-0 when betting on the total. The Vikings are 7-5-0 when wagering on the over/under and 8-4-0 against the spread.
In their last outing, the Detroit Lions played the Chicago Bears and lost 24-20. Running the show from under center for the Lions was David Blough who went 22/38 with 280 yards passing and added 2 TD's. He walked away with 1 interception during the game. Bo Scarbrough led the team on the ground for that game. He broke a long run for 15 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He rushed for a total of 83 yards via 21 carries which had him averaging 4.0 yards per carry. Kenny Golladay was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 158 yards on 4 catches. He notched an average of 39.5 yards per reception for that game. The Detroit Lions ran the ball a total of 26 times and totaled 105 yards which had them averaging 4.0 yards per rushing attempt. Overall, the Lions totaled 19 1st downs and they totaled 9 penalties for 85 yards. For the game, they ran 66 plays which added up to 364 yards. When discussing the defense, Detroit conceded 29 catches on 38 tries totaling 331 yards, and a completion percentage of 76.0%. In the game, they conceded a total of 419 yards and forced 1 takeaway. On the ground, the Lions conceded 88 yards on 23 runs which means they had an average of 3.8 yards per rushing attempt allowed. Another matchup you may want to look into is the NFL pick ATS from Guy Bruhn on the 49ers vs Saints game.
Lions Worsen Their Record to 3-8-1 After Loss
The Lions come into this matchup with a record of 3-8-1 for this year. This team is one of the more average teams in terms of scoring in the NFC North and I wouldn't expect it to change too much in this matchup. For total yardage, they sit in 5th among NFC teams and 7th in the league with 4,527 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Lions have compiled a total of 25 passing touchdowns and 4 rushing TDs. They are in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the league averaging 23 points per game, which has them at 13th in the league. As a team, they are averaging 106 rushing yards per contest which is 9th among NFC teams.
The Lions have one of the middle tier defenses in the league, allowing 26.3 points per game putting them 11th among NFC teams. When it comes to yards through the air, the Lions have conceded 3,361 yards. Teams are completing 61.3% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 7.1 yards per attempt. They have allowed 25 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing TDs. In terms of rushing yards, Detroit is allowing 118.0 yards per game ranking them 3rd in the division and 23rd in the NFL. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.4 yards per carry putting them 12th in the conference and 20th in the NFL overall. Overall, they have conceded 1,267 rushing yards through 12 games.
In their last contest, the Minnesota Vikings went up against the Seattle Seahawks and were defeated 37-30. Leading the way at QB for the Vikings was Kirk Cousins who went 22/38 with 276 yards passing and completed 2 TD's. He walked away with 1 interception during the game. Dalvin Cook led the team in rushing for the game. He tore off a long run of 9 yards and he added 1 TD for the contest. He scurried for 29 yards on 9 carries which gave him an average of 3.2 yards per run. Laquon Treadwell led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 58 yards on 1 catch. He had an average of 58.0 yards per catch for the game. The Minnesota Vikings ran the football 14 times and racked up 78 yards giving them an average of 5.6 yards per carry. Overall, they totaled 52 plays which gave them a total of 354 yards. For the game, the Vikings racked up a total of 17 1st downs and they totaled 3 penalties for 30 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Minnesota gave up 21 completions on 31 tries totaling 226 yards, and a completion percentage of 68.0%. For this contest, they gave up a total of 444 yards and forced 2 takeaways. On the ground, the Vikings gave up 218 yards on 43 runs which means they had an average of 5.1 yards per attempt allowed. Josh Schonwald has a NFL prediction for the game between the Dolphins and Jets.
Vikings Fall to 8-4 After Loss
The Vikings step onto the field holding a record of 8-4. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Vikings have one of the average offenses in the league. When looking at their ability to score points, the Vikings are ranked 1st in the division and 7th out of all the teams in the league with an average of 26.6 points per contest. Minnesota has built a respectable ground game this year by averaging 137 rushing yards per contest, which has them at 6th in the NFL. As a team, they have compiled a total of 1,645 yards rushing through 12 games, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the league. The Vikings average 377 yards per game overall ranking them 8th in the league and 6th among NFC teams.
The Vikings are allowing 20.2 points per game ranking them 2nd among NFC North teams and 11th in the league. In terms of points given up, they have allowed 242 points in total. In terms of yards rushing, they are allowing 105 yards per contest ranking them 15th among NFL teams and 2nd in the division. For 2019, they have conceded a total of 1,254 rushing yards and 5 rushing TDs. Their passing defense is one of the mediocre groups in the league. They are allowing 243 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Vikings are ranked 9th among NFC teams. They have conceded 21 passing touchdowns for this season.
Who will win tonight's Lions/Vikings NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Lions +12.5
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