NFL Picks: Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Free Pick and Prediction



Two NFC North teams will get together at Ford Field in Detroit. The 2-10 Minnesota Vikings will take on the 7-5 Detroit Lions. Both teams are trailing Green Bay, who is atop the NFC North standings. Minnesota expects to have running back Adrian Peterson back, after missing the last two games. Last week, the Vikings saw the Denver Broncos rally from behind and kick a game winning field goal. For Detroit, they are looking to end their nasty losing streak. Jim Schwartz saw his team get penalized for over 100 yards in the loss to the Saints last week. Detroit is tied with Chicago and Atlanta for the final two wildcard positions out of the NFC.


Detroit Lions (-4.5)


The Lions have had a great offensive season; scoring 333 points through the first 12 games of the season. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson have formed one of the top quarterback/receiver combinations in the league. Detroit has lost three out of the last four games overall, and five out of their last seven. The Lions are the fifth best passing team in the league; averaging nearly 300 yards per game. Detroit has games at Oakland, with San Diego and then they will finish the season at the Green Bay Packers on New Years Day.


Minnesota Vikings (+4.5)

For the Vikings, they are trying to figure out how to get back in the win column. Missing Adrian Peterson for the last two games did damage to their offense. Despite scoring 32 points last week; the Vikings were unable to slow down the Denver Broncos. Minnesota is one of the worst passing teams in all of the league; with nearly 200 per game. The Vikings last win came October 30th when they knocked off the Carolina Panthers. The other win this season for the Vikings came on October 9th, when they scored a season high 34 points.



The Lions need a win in bad way. A win would put them in position to finally get into the postseason. The Lions know that if they can win out from here, they will head to the playoffs. Detroit hopefully has worked their stupid penalties and can play a hard, clean football game. Minnesota looks lifeless, especially without Peterson. The Vikings hope him coming back can spark the offense. Look for this game to be close for awhile, but the second half will see Minnesota turn the ball over a couple times. In the end, Detroit wins the game and covers the -4.5 spread.


  • MIN are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. NFC North.
  • Under is 8-2 in MIN last 10 road games.
  • DET are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games.
  • DET are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NFC North.
  • Over is 13-6-1 in DET last 20 games in December.
Head to Head:
  • MIN are 7-3-3 ATS in their last 13 meetings.

Match Date - Sunday, December 11, 2011

Pick: Detroit Lions -4.5

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