Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings Prediction, 11/8/2020 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 9
Game: Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings
Date: Sunday, November 8, 2020
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota -2
Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings (2-5) play the Detroit Lions (3-4) at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, November 8, 2020. Detroit opens this matchup as 2-point underdogs. The total is set at 55.5.
The Detroit Lions head into this matchup 3-4 for this season. The last time they took the field they went up against the Indianapolis Colts and lost 41-21. Matthew Stafford went 24/42 with 336 yards passing and added 3 touchdowns. He walked away with 1 pick on the day. Jamal Agnew led the team on the ground for that contest. He tore off a long run of 11 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for 11 yards by way of 1 carries which had him averaging 11.0 yards per run. Marvin Hall led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 113 yards on 4 receptions. He averaged 28.3 yards per reception for that contest. The Detroit Lions rushed the ball a total of 13 times and earned a total of 29 yards which gave them an average of 2.2 yards per rushing attempt. In the game, they ran 60 plays which added up to 326 yards. For the game, the Lions racked up a total of 20 first downs and they totaled 4 penalties for 76 yards. When discussing the defense, Detroit allowed 23 catches on 34 throws totaling 247 yards, and a completion percentage of 68.0%. On the ground, the Lions allowed 119 yards on 39 runs which means they had an average of 3.1 yards per run allowed. For the game, they allowed a total of 366 yards but finished the game without a turnover.
When talking about putting points on the board, the Detroit Lions are sitting at 25.3 points per game. As a team they're averaging 97.1 yards on the ground which is 29th in the National Football League. The Lions have tallied 2,451 yards in total for the season. In terms of scoring, Detroit has earned 13 passing touchdowns and 7 touchdowns via the ground. In terms of passing yards, the Lions have given up 1,739 yards which has them sitting in 15th in the National Football League. Overall, they have relinquished 378.4 yards/game which puts them 23rd in the National Football League. The Lions are ranked 26th in the NFL concerning their opponents scoring, allowing 29.4 points per game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.3 yards per running attempt and 130.0 yards on the ground per game for the year. During their 7 games played, they have given up 248.4 yards per outing via the pass as well as giving up a completion percentage of 64.6%. Over the course of this year, they have conceded 910 rushing yards through 7 outings.
The Vikings come into this matchup with a record of 2-5 this year. In their last outing they faced the Green Bay Packers and won by a score of 28-22. Dalvin Cook led the team on the ground for that game. He had a long run of 37 yards and he ran for 3 touchdowns during the game. He ran for 163 yards via 30 carries which had him averaging 5.4 yards per tote. Dalvin Cook was the receiving yardage leader by earning 63 yards on 2 catches. He averaged 31.5 yards per reception for that game. Kirk Cousins went 11/14 with 160 yards through the air and tossed 1 TD. He walked away with no picks. The Minnesota Vikings ran the ball a total of 34 times and totaled 173 yards which earned them an average of 5.1 yards per rush. For the contest, the Vikings earned a total of 20 first downs and they had a total of 7 penalties for 36 yards. For the game, they ran 49 plays for 324 yards. In terms of defense, Minnesota allowed 27 catches on 41 attempts totaling 291 yards, and a completion percentage of 66.0%. For this contest, they gave up a total of 400 yards and forced 1 turnover. On the ground, the Vikings allowed 109 yards on 24 carries which is an average of 4.5 yards per attempt allowed.
During this campaign thus far, the Vikings currently sit at 1,561 yards through the air together with an average of 223.0 throwing yards per contest, putting them at 23rd in football. The Minnesota Vikings maintain an average of 367.0 yards/game which has them sitting 16th in the NFL. They are averaging 144.0 run yards per game and have toted the ball for 1,008 yards for the year. Regarding their ability to score points, the Vikings are ranked 13th in the league with 26.1 PPG. The Vikings are ranked 29th in the league when it comes to their opponents scoring, conceding 30.6 PPG. They are giving up an average of 4.2 yards per attempt on the ground and 124.4 yards on the ground per contest this season. Overall, they have allowed 871 yards via the ground game in 7 games. In terms of yards through the air, the Vikings have allowed 2,011 yards which has them sitting in 26th in football. During their 7 games, they are conceding 287.3 yards per outing through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 67.9%. For the year, they have allowed 411.7 yards per outing ranking them 29th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Lions/Vikings NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Lions +2
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