|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFLOn Sunday afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings travel to Detroit to take on the Lions in a game that will be full of uncertainty. The first kick of the ball is scheduled for 1:00 PM ET in Ford Field in Detroit, MI, and the game will be televised regionally on FOX.
Minnesota enters this game off of an impressive 24-13 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. In that one, the Vikings somehow won the stats game, holding a 344-280 edge in total yards, including a 146-89 edge in rushing yards. They also forced 6 San Fran penalties, while being called for just 1 of their own, grabbed an interception, and held onto the ball for 7 more minutes than the Niners. QB Christian Ponder had a great game, throwing 21-of-35, for 298 yards, and 2 touchdowns. That included touchdown drives of 82, 80, and 86 yards. Prior to their win over the 49ers, the Vikings defense had been giving up 29 ppg in their 11 previous games.
The Lions come into this game after suffering a narrow defeat to the Titans, 44-41. A wild fourth quarter, in which Detroit scored 25 points to the Titans 21, ended in a stalemate, sending the game to overtime. In the extra period, the Titans kicked in a field goal to take the lead for good. The Lions held a 583-437 edge in total yards, and kept possession of the ball for 13 more minutes than the Titans, but it was not enough. QB Matt Stafford had a good showing, throwing 33-of-42, for 278 yards, and 1 touchdown, but also suffering an injury. The Lions defense has been giving up more than 26 points in 10 of their last 12 games.
This game was originally not lined due to another injury to Lions QB Stafford. In the loss to the Titans, he came up limping on one leg, and underwent an MRI earlier this week. He is listed as Questionable for this Sunday, dealing with what is now being referred to as a “hip issue.”
So far this season, the Vikings are 1-2 ATS, and 0-1 ATS on the road. The Lions are 0-3 ATS on the season, and 0-1 ATS as a home favorite.
These two teams have met 22 times since 2001, with the Vikings leading the series 17-5. Their last meeting, in December 2011, resulted in a Detroit win, 34-28. In that one, the Lions were 9 ½ point favorites. In a September 2011 game, the Lions won 26-23 in overtime, a game in which they were favored by 3.
For this Sunday's game, there is still no line set as of this writing. Until the uncertainty surrounding Stafford's injury clears up, expect it to be off the board. Check back with BetRoyal football odds closer to gametime for any updates.
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