Vikings Will Rebound From Saints Loss, Keep Lions Last in NFC North

Monday, October 29, 2018 3:13 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 3:13 PM UTC

The Minnesota Vikings were schooled at home in Week 8 by the Saints, which just makes it more likely the Vikes will take out their frustrations on visiting Detroit in Week 9.

<p style="text-align:right;"><em><strong>Matt’s 2018 Individual Game Record: 5-5 (ATS &amp; O/U)</strong></em></p><h2 style="text-align:center;"><a href="" rel="nofollow">Detroit (3-4 SU, 5-2 ATS) at Minnesota (4-3-1 SU, 4-3-1 ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Sunday, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Free NFL Pick: Vikings ATS</h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=JustBet" rel="nofollow">JustBet</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3452782, "sportsbooksIds":[1275,169,238,19,139], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Not too many intradivisional matchups in Week 9 of the NFL season, but we have one from the NFC North as the <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lions and Vikings face off </a>for the first time this year. They will play again from Motown in Week 16.</p><p>These teams split last year, each winning on the road. In Week 4, the Lions were 14-7 winners at U.S. Bank Stadium. Neither team came close to 300 yards – Minnesota had 284 and Detroit 251. The big difference was the three turnovers for the Vikings and zero for the Lions. Ameer Abdullah rushed for 94 yards and a TD to lead Detroit. He rarely plays nowadays.</p><p>On Thanksgiving in Detroit, the Vikings won 30-23. Case Keenum ran for a score and threw for two – all in the first half. The current Denver Bronco threw for 282 yards. Latavius Murray rushed for 84 yards and a score. Matthew Stafford threw for 250 and two touchdowns but had two turnovers. Marvin Jones caught six for 102 yards and two touchdowns.</p><p>Minnesota leads the all-time series 72-39-2. Of course, the Vikings’ QB now is Kirk Cousins. The Lions last saw him in 2016 when they beat the Redskins 20-17. Cousins threw for 301 yards and a TD.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;.&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@athielen19&lt;/a&gt; makes NFL history with 8 100+ yard receiving games to start the season. &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;October 29, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Both Clubs Lose at Home Week 8</h2><p>The Lions are in the NFC North basement following Sunday’s 28-14 home loss to the Seahawks, who were coming off their bye week. Seattle essentially won the game in the second quarter when it outscored Detroit 21-0. Russell Wilson had just three incompletions overall for a perfect rating, and the Seahawks rushed for 176 yards.</p><p>Stafford threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jones, who had seven catches for 117 yards. Stafford also had a pick and a lost fumble as the Lions turned it over three times and forced none. Good-looking rookie running back Kerryon Johnson had only 22 yards on eight carries as Detroit largely abandoned the run after that second-quarter ambush.</p><p>The Lions’ playoff hopes are on life support now because this starts a stretch of five straight vs. teams with a winning record. The team is hopeful start defensive end Ziggy Ansah returns here; he hasn’t played since Week 1 due to injury.</p><p>I’ll admit I was flat-out wrong on the Saints-Vikings game on Sunday. Not surprised the Saints went to U.S. Bank Stadium and won as they are a good team, but that they largely dominated was a shock. The Vikings actually outgained the Saints 423-270 but sometimes yards are so misleading. Minnesota had two crucial turnovers, one of them returned for a touchdown (the other one almost was too).</p><p>There were two pieces of good news in the loss for Minnesota. Adam Thielen tied Calvin Johnson's all-time NFL record of eight straight 100-yard receiving games, set in 2012 with Detroit. He also tied Patrick Jeffers with a fifth consecutive game with 100-plus yards and at least one touchdown, which Jeffers set in 1999 for Carolina. And Pro Bowl defensive end returned Everson Griffen from a five-game absence for mental health treatment.</p><ul> <li>Vikings are 17-6 ATS in their last 23 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.</li> <li>Vikings are 25-9 ATS in their last 34 games following a straight up loss.</li></ul><p>I can’t see Minnesota playing that poorly at home again, and it has covered 25 of its past 34 following a loss. The Lions, meanwhile, didn’t look good in road losses in San Francisco and Dallas. That the Vikings are giving less than 7 feels like a steal. Take advantage for a <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sunday NFL pick.</a></p><h2 style="text-align:center;"><a href=";book=SuperBowl-Youwager-Picks" rel="nofollow">Want to win a trip to the Super Bowl courtesy of YouWager? Click here</a></h2>
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