Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions Week 7 Free NFL Picks

David Lawrence

Sunday, October 25, 2015 11:51 AM GMT

Minnesota is quietly at 3-2 and within reach of Green Bay in the NFC North after beating Kansas City, while Detroit finally got their first win of the season in overtime against Chicago.

Opening Odds & Line Movement

Open: -1.5 -105 at Pinnacle
The Vikings came out as 1.5-point favorites on the road before the NFL odds moved to -2 and then -2.5 for now, as the win over Chicago could have been a mirage for the Lions. Detroit still showed they had a ton of work to do as they let the Bears go down the field late to tie the game up. The Lions are also 26th in the league in run defense and going up against Adrian Peterson, that just seems like a terrible formula for success. Peterson is sixth in the NFL in rushing and after Kansas City held him to 60 yards on 26 carries, he could be in for a huge day.

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Injuries
For the Vikings, DT Shamar Stephen is gone for the season with a toe injury, while WR Charles Johnson is aiming to return from a rib injury. He'll be anxious to get back to action as Stefon Diggs might be taking his job, although QB Teddy Bridgewater won't complain about having more targets. Finally, DE Everson Griffen missed last week's game with an illness, so keep an eye on that.

Detroit has placed RB Zach Zenner on injured reserve with a collapsed lung, so he is gone for the season. TE Brandon Pettigrew had a setback before Sunday's game with his injured knee and he'll probably sit this week out as well.

 

Trends
The Vikings have covered in nine of their last 11 games, including five of their last seven on the road. The Lions have covered in just one of their last six games, and they're 1-4 ATS at home in their last five games.

Minnesota is 4-6 SU in their last 10 against Detroit, but they're 6-3-1 ATS in those 10 games. The Vikings have split their last 10 trips to Detroit SU, covering the spread in six games, along with a push.

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