Pick Lions Home Cover -7.5 vs. Vikings for Week 15 NFL Betting

Nikki Adams

Friday, December 12, 2014 1:04 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 1:04 PM UTC

The Detroit Lions are rolling on a two-game winning streak, looking to extend that run of form to three when they host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. NFL odds trading furiously at online cyber shops, find out where we're putting our money as we preview the game and serve up NFL picks.

Minnesota Vikings (6-7 SU, 2-4 away)
Had the Vikings been drawn into the NFC South division rather than the North division, they'd be well and truly in the running for a playoff spot right now despite the losing record on the season. At 6-7 SU they boast a better winning percentage than the Atlanta Falcons (5-8 SU) do atop the NFC South. So is the contrasting landscape in these NFC divisions. The point being: as far as their season's concerned, it's almost done and done. Postseason is a pipedream. Short of a miracle, they're looking ahead to plump sofa cushions and the TV set at playoff time.

One could argue the Vikings have little to play for in this game, save for pride and, perhaps, playing the role of spoiler. While pride is a sufficient motivator it's the latter that teams in the hunt have to be wary of. Those that are out of the playoffs enjoy nothing more than spoiling it for those that are in the hunt. That aspiration intensifies when it's a divisional rival,  such as the Detroit Lions are to the Vikings.

Make no mistake, the Vikings will be getting up for this clash and they'll be looking to make the Lions earn the "W" they so desperately need to keep pace with the Green Bay Packers. What makes the Vikings the quintessential dangerous floaters down the stretch is their relative  good form. They are after back-to-back wins, having beaten both Carolina Panthers and New York Jets at home. Granted neither team is enjoying a great season but one can't underestimate the confidence win brings to a team. What's more, those wins came immediately after giving Green Bay a run for their money in a 24-21 loss at home. Teddy Bridgewater is showing a lot of promise in his rookie career, maturity and solid decision-making that will stand him in good stead when the Vikings kick start the next season. This may be a building block season for the Vikings in the end, but that's not a reason to underestimate them.


Detroit Lions (9-4 SU, 6-1 home)
Detroit Lions are riding a two-game winning streak into week 15 NFL betting, bouncing back from a heartbreaking defeat to the New England Patriots at the Foxboro with wins over Chicago and Tampa Bay at home (both by a 34-17 score).

 In winning two straight at home, the Lions improved to 6-1 SU at Ford Field last Sunday. Most impressively, in those wins they've held all opponents to less than 20 points, save for the New Orleans Saints (24-23). The only team to clinch the victory at Ford Field were the Buffalo Bills, a last gasp field goal that clinched the improbable 17-14 win for the Bills.

Green Bay Packers nose a game ahead of the Lions in the NFC North standings. It  goes without saying, this is a must-win game for the Lions if they hope to keep pace with the Packers this week. Fortunately, Calvin Johnson is back in the line-up which has helped Matthew Stafford ignite the Lions' offense. Lions not only won their last two games but cashed against the spread for NFL backers, both of which set to 7-plus points.


NFL Betting Verdict
The last meeting between these divisional foes went 17-3 to the Lions in Minnesota. Teddy Bridgewater didn't have a good game as he went 23-of-37 for 188 yards and no touchdowns, and the Lions intercepted him three times and sacked him 8 times. Bridgewater will be looking to put in a much better account this time around and most expect he will. He has more games under his belt now, especially the solid account against the Green Bay Packers from which he can draw confidence. Having a better game and actually leading the Vikings to a victory are two different things, as evinced by the NFL odds board that lists the Vikings as the +280 underdogs to win SU and at 7.5-points against the spread.

Detroit Lions are balanced on both sides of the ball, and they are one of the toughest teams to beat home, a fact that underscores their weighty -360 SU NFL odds and the 7.5-point spread. The Lions have benefited from an easy schedule these past few weeks and this is another game that's theirs to win or lose. For this week's NFL picks we're hanging our hats on the Lions form right now and backing them to both win and cover against the Vikings.

Free NFL Picks: Lions -7.5 at Bookmaker

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