Free Week 5 Prediction: Lions vs. Vikings NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping Analysis: Week 5
(0-4) Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
Date: Sunday, October 10th, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis MN
NFL Week 5 ATS Betting Lines: Vikings -9
NFL Week 5 Moneyline Odds: Lions +310 | Vikings -415
NFL Week 5 NFL Betting Total: 49.5
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Detroit (0-4) is hoping for a little better result as they complete their first round of NFC North rivalry matchups. The Lions have already lost by 18 at Green Bay and 10 at Chicago, making Sunday’s line of the Vikings as -9 point favorites a little more favorable for Minnesota.
The Vikings (1-3) have their own issues to sort out though after their worst offensive performance of the season last Sunday in a 14-7 loss to the Browns. It is possible that Cleveland has one of the top 2 or 3 defenses in the league though, and Detroit should be a much better matchup.
The Lions are a tough team to figure out which can be expected in coach Dan Campbell’s first season with the team. Detroit goes from almost beating Baltimore if not for a 66-yard field goal by Justin Tucker (19-17) to getting down 24-7 at one point vs. the Bears.
Detroit’s two one-score losses have both come at home (41-33 vs. San Francisco in the season opener) but they’ve lost by an average of 2 TD in their road games this season. The Lions have also lost by 2 TDs in each of their last two trips to U.S. Bank Stadium so there’s a trend developing here.
Detroit had a nice offensive output against the 49ers in the season opener, but a closer look shows most of that production was in garbage time after San Francisco had built up a 38-10 lead with 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. The Lions are averaging just 16 ppg over their last three.
Campbell has some concerns with his defense as well after giving up 24 points to a Bears offense being led by rookie QB Justin Fields. Chicago had 188 yards on the ground in that game, which Minnesota is very eager to see.
The Vikings have to call last week’s loss to Cleveland a wash, because believe it or not the Browns are good. The defeat dropped Minnesota to 1-3 which isn’t ideal, but each of those losses were by one score. That includes in OT vs. the Bengals (27-24) and 34-33 to Arizona.
It’s time for Minnesota to get back on the horse, because their offense is better than the 255 yard total output vs. Cleveland. Kirk Cousins was completing 70+ percent of his passes before going 20/38 vs. the Browns while throwing his first INT of the season.
The meeting with the Lions will also be a good opportunity for Dalvin Cook to bounce back from a 34-yard rushing performance against Cleveland. Cook missed the Seattle win with an ankle injury, so only carrying the ball 9 times vs. the Browns was a good thing. Minnesota also still ran for 140 as a team vs. the Seahawks.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Lions are 1-5 ATS last 6 road games
- OVER is 6-2 in Lions last 8 vs. NFC North
- OVER is 7-3 in Lions last 10 overall
- Lions are 1-6 ATS last 7 head to head meetings
- Vikings are 2-9 ATS last 11 overall
- Vikings are 1-5 ATS last 6 home games
4* Free Week 5 NFL Betting Prediction: Vikings -9
This has all the makings of a 2 TD win by Minnesota. The Vikings have won the last two meetings with Detroit at home by 14 points and the Lions have also dropped their two road games this season by an average of 14 points – also each coming against NFC North foes.
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