Sunday, November 8, 2020, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1 p.m. ET
Lions at Vikings Betting Preview: No Posted Lines (Thursday 5 A.M.)
An uneasy week will lead into Sunday’s NFC North clash as the Lions still are not certain who will play quarterback. Matthew Stafford is on the reserve/COVID-19 list after close contact with a high-risk non-team member. He has been away from the team, but if he tests negative and has no symptoms he will be able to play but otherwise Chase Daniel is in line to play.
The uncertainty is not something the Lions need after a 41-21 loss to the Colts ended their two-game winning streak. Stafford has 13 touchdowns passes, but five interceptions, with one coming in each of the team’s four defeats.
The game will mark a homecoming for former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who leads Detroit with 321 yards rushing and two TDs.
The Vikings are feeling much better about things, using one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL to defeat the Packers 28-22 on Sunday to improve to 2-5. The victory ended a two-game losing streak.
The Vikings average 144.0 yards per game on the ground, sixth best in the NFL. Dalvin Cook has 652 yards rushing this season with 10 TDs, and now has the opportunity to show Peterson that the Minnesota rushing attack is in good hands.
Cook had four TDs against the Packers (three rushing), with 226 yards from scrimmage. The Lions give up 130.0 yards per game on the ground, 23rd in the NFL.
Lions at Vikings Betting Pick for Week 9
Playing at home, and with a little momentum, the Vikings are poised to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer made it known that there will be heavy doses of Cook on Sunday against a Lions rushing defense that has its problems.
Detroit’s roster issues, with Stafford’s uncertainty and wide receiver Kenny Golladay out with a hip injury, leave the team with too many question marks.
Lions at Vikings Betting Pick:
Vikings 27, Lions 24
Lions at Vikings Best Bet for Week 9
Both Vikings victories have come on the road, but they finally are poised to break through on their own turf. Expect the Vikings to control the ball, control the clock and get the best of the Lions again after winning both contests last season.
Lions at Vikings Best Bet: VIKINGS MONEY LINE (Line not yet listed)