The Lions lost to the Vikings earlier this season on a game-winning field goal. Will the Lions get revenge on Sunday as they welcome the Vikings to Ford Field?
Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions
Sunday, December 5, 2021 – 01:00 PM EST Ford Field
The Detroit Lions will not only look for their first win of the season on Sunday, but they’ll also look for revenge against the Vikings. The Minnesota Vikings kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired earlier this season to keep the Lions from winning their first game of the season.
Since that game, the Lions still haven’t won a game and are currently 0-10-1 on the year. Meanwhile, Minnesota is 5-6 on the season and while the Vikings are still in contention this season for a playoff spot, things are starting to fall out of place for Minnesota.
The Vikings are scoring 25.5 points per game while allowing 25.1 points per game this season. Minnesota is literally giving up more yards than gaining on the year but have averaged more points than given up this year. That’s bound to change and could, especially against a Lions team that is desperate for a win.
Detroit has only scored 15.8 points per game and has allowed 26.3 points per game. Those numbers are not going to achieve wins but the Lions have been extremely close in multiple games this year. I’d find it hard to believe that the Lions will go winless this season.
The Lions have shown a consistent pass rush and while the coverage and tackling have been abysmal this year, there are just some games where the Lions choose to show up more than others. This is the game. The Lions have a fantastic run game, even without DeAndre Swift.
Detroit is rushing for 110.7 yards per game and the Vikings are allowing 134.4 yards per game on the ground. Once the running game gets going, things will open up in the passing game for Jared Goff and the Lions’ offense. Meanwhile, it’s no secret how bad the pass protection has been for the Vikings this season.
Kirk Cousins has been incredible this year with just three interceptions all year but that number should start to increase as the season ends. Again, the Vikings have an effective pass rush that can put pressure on quarterbacks, despite the coverage unit being abysmal.
I’ll be brave and take the Lions +7, at home, against the Vikings. The Lions believe they should’ve won that first meeting against the Vikings and will be looking for revenge. The two things that the Lions do well are the two things that the Vikings struggle with.
Minnesota has struggled to stop the run on defense and has struggled to pass protect on the offense. The Lions are about to shock the world on Sunday. Either way, I’ll play it safe and take the +7 against the spread for my NFL pick.
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