Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions Prediction, 12/5/2021 NFL Picks, Best Bets and Tips Week 13
Game: Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
Location: Ford Field in Detroit, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Lions (+7)
The Minnesota Vikings (5-6) are headed to Ford Field on Sunday where they will attempt to beat the Detroit Lions (0-10-1). Detroit is 7-point dogs. The total is 47.
The Minnesota Vikings come into this matchup with a record of 5-6 for this season. In their last contest, the Vikings stepped onto the field against the 49ers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 34-26. Kirk Cousins finished 20/32 with 238 yds through the air and 2 touchdowns. He had a QB rate of 93 and finished the game with 1 interception. Justin Jefferson left with an average of 20.8 yds per reception by accumulating 83 yards on 4 receptions. Dalvin Cook was the leader on the ground for the Vikings with 10 carries for 39 yards (3.9 yds per attempt). Overall, they tallied 52 plays which converted into 323 yards. The Minnesota Vikings ended up rushing 18 different times and tallied 67 yards, earning them an average of 3.7 yards per carry. In the running game, the Vikings gave up 208 yards on 39 attempts, which is an average of 5.3 yds per run allowed. Minnesota conceded 17 pass completions on 26 tries for 215 yds, and a completion rate of 65.4%.
The Vikings have earned 4,193 total yards for the season. Minnesota has a total of 140 1st downs, and they have been called for 77 penalties for 731 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, Minnesota has compiled 23 passing touchdowns and 6 touchdowns via the ground. They have turned the football over 8 times (3 picks and 5 fumbles lost). As a team they are averaging 114.5 yards rushing giving them a rank of 15th in the National Football League. When it comes to scoring, the Minnesota Vikings have an average of 25.5 points per game.
The Vikings are sitting in 24th in the National Football League when it comes to the opposition scoring, allowing 25.1 points per contest. The opposition is running for an average of 4.8 yards per running attempt and 134.4 yards on the ground per contest this year. Overall, they have conceded 1,478 running yards through 11 contests. Concerning yards through the air, the Vikings have surrendered 2,734 yards which has them sitting in 20th in the NFL. They are giving up 248.5 yards per game through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 62.5%. During the season, they have allowed 382.9 yards per game putting them 30th in football. They have yielded 18 touchdowns by air as well as 11 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Lions head into this matchup 0-10-1 this season. In their last game, the Lions took a defeat with a final score of 16-14 when they played the Bears. Jared Goff (2 TDs) finished the contest with 171 yds on 21/25 through the air while his quarterback rating was 121.8. He didn't throw any interceptions and his avg yards per attempt was 6.84 yards. Josh Reynolds was a featured target for the Lions, hauling in 3 throws for 70 yds (23.3 yards per reception). Jamaal Williams carried the ball 15 times for 65 yards, ending the contest with 4.3 yards per carry for Detroit. The Lions finished the contest with 239 yards on 45 plays (5.3 yds per play). Detroit ran the ball for 4.0 yds per attempt, finishing with a total of 76 yds on 19 carries. Detroit conceded 29 rushing attempts for 68 yds (2.3 yards per rush). The Lions secondary conceded a completion percentage of 61.5%, relinquishing 310 yds on 24 out of 39 passing.
In terms of their ability to score points, the Lions currently sit 30th out of all teams in the league holding an average of 15.8 points per contest. During the season thus far, the Lions have racked up 2,141 yards through the air as well as an average of 194.6 throwing yards per outing, putting them at 29th in football. They maintain an average of 110.7 run yards per game and have rushed for 1,218 yards for the year. The Detroit Lions maintain an average of 305.4 yards/game which ranks them 29th out of all teams in the NFL. The Detroit offense has 636 yds of penalties on 78 infractions, which has them sitting 9th in the NFL in terms of helping out the opposition. They have thrown 8 interceptions while conceding 6 fumbles and they have been able to record 121 1st downs.
Detroit has yielded a total of 1,473 yards on the ground (133.9 yards/game) as well as 11 touchdowns via the rush this year. They have conceded 18 touchdowns through the air and 242.9 yards/contest, which puts them in 16th in the league. Their defense has totaled 13 turnovers (5 fumbles recovered and 8 interceptions) this season. In total, they have surrendered 289 points in total. The Lions defense taken the field for 701 plays, which ranks 15th in football. The Lions are giving up 26.3 points per game, which puts them in 27th in football.
Who will win tonight's Vikings/Lions NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Vikings -7
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