Lions vs. Vikings NFL Week 5 Preview and Best Bet

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Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Detroit Lions. Jamie Sabau/Getty Images/AFP

The Detroit Lions (0-4) still have yet to win a game this season after losing to the Chicago Bears 24-14 in Week 3. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings (1-3) have just one win under their belt and enter this week fresh off a 14-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Kirk Cousins and Vikings are on a mission to get back on track and Jared Goff and the Lions simply just want to win a game. 

Below, we’ll take a look at the early NFL odds and the best sportsbook to bet with. 

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings

Sunday, October 10, 2021 – 01:00 PM EDT at U.S. Bank Stadium

The Detroit Lions entered last week as 3-point underdogs and continue to be the underdogs for this matchup. As for the Vikings, they were 1-point underdogs in Week 5 and are favorites this week. According to BetOnline, Minnesota is an 8-point favorite over Detroit with the over/under at 49.

The Matchup

The Lions had a chance to win last week or at least keep it closer than 10 points, but had two costly fumbles. Quarterback Jared Goff finished the day with 299 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Detroit has now lost three consecutive road games. Goff is completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 1,100 yards, seven touchdowns to two interceptions. Tight end TJ Hockenson and running back D’Andre Swift have combined for 414 receiving yards and three scores while wideout Kalif Raymond has 14 receptions. Running back Jamaal Williams leads the ground game with 187 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, the Lions have allowed an average of 29.8 points and 381.3 yards per game. They look promising on that side of the back as Alex Anzalone has racked up 25 tackles, Charles Harris has three sacks and Amani Oruwariye has added two interceptions.

The Vikings opened their game against Cleveland with a 75-yard scoring drive with a QB Kirk Cousins’ 12-yard connection to wideout Justin Jefferson but failed to score again. Cousins, who finished the day with 203 passing yards, 1 TD, and 1 interception, was 6-for-6 on the opening drive but then went 14-for-32. The Vikings had star-running back Dalvin Cook at hand, who returned after sitting out last week due to an ankle injury, but he wasn’t much help as he only had 34 rushing yards on 9 carries.

Cousins isn’t too far off from Goff and has completed 68.8 percent of his passes for 1,121 yards, nine scores to one interception. Receivers Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen have combined for 565 receiving yards and seven touchdowns heading into Week 5. And on the ground, Dalvin Cook leads the way with 226 yards and one score. On a defense that has allowed 23 points and 389 yards per game, Eric Kendricks leads with 47 tackles, Danielle Hunter has five sacks and Nick Vigil has one interception.

Prediction

For your football pick consider that the Vikings are the better team and it makes sense as to why they’re a big favorite here, but it’s not like they’re impossible to beat. And you might think the Lions are an easy team to beat but they have played hard so it’s hard to see them allowing more than a touchdown to a shaking Vikings team. 

NFL PickDetroit Lions +8 (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

Detroit Lions +8 (-110)
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