This is the first time in decades that the Detroit Lions (10-4) have had the opportunity to secure the NFC North. However, the Minnesota Vikings (7-7) will attempt to put those plans on wait when they play host to the team that currently holds the division lead on Sunday.
Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings.
As they defeated the Denver Broncos by a score of 42-17, the Lions shown that they are the dangerous club that was anticipated to be at the beginning of the season. This victory was the Lions’ most significant victory of the season. Currently, Detroit has the opportunity to not only secure its first postseason spot since 2016, but also to win the division for the first time in thirty years if they were to do so.
Minnesota’s struggles continued last week as an overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals gave the Vikings their third loss in their last four games. Luckily, Minnesota is still holding onto a playoff spot, but a loss could drop them out of the standings, making Sunday a big game for the home crowd.
Odds, moneyline, and over/under for the Vikings versus the Lions
According to the NFL odds provided by BetMGM, the Lions are the favorites to win the game against the Vikings. You want to place a bet? Take a look at the top mobile sports betting apps that offer NFL betting promotions in 2023, including the brand new ESPN BET app.
- Lions (-3) are spread out.
- Lions (-160) and Vikings (+135) are the moneylines.
- 47 is the over/under.
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Lorenzo Reyes: Lions 26, Vikings 20
The Vikings have not covered any of their last three games and Detroit seemed to return to form in a beatdown of the Broncos. The formula for Detroit seems to be pretty straightforward: early success rushing the ball leads to manageable distances on third downs, where the Vikings rank 23rd in the NFL in defensive third-down efficiency.
Tyler Dragon: Lions 30, Vikings 17
The Lions got back on track last week with a big win against Denver. Detroit’s third-ranked offense can move the ball down the field in a hurry. Jared Goff is approaching 4,000 passing yards, David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs are each getting closer to 1,000 rushing yards and Amon-Ra St. Brown’s 1,175 receiving yards ranks fifth in the NFL entering Week 16. The Lions should beat the Vikings by at least two scores.
Safid Deen: Lions 26, Vikings 17
The Lions are hitting on all cylinders on both sides of the ball, and are primed to make some noise in the playoffs this season. They should easily beat the Vikings, who have admirably remained in the playoff picture despite their quarterback troubles.
Victoria Hernandez: Vikings 27, Lions 24
Even though the Lions had a dominant win last week, they are still one of the most inconsistent teams in the league. The Vikings have Justin Jefferson back and Jordan Addison is giving the star receiver a run for his money. Detroit hasn’t won this division matchup in Minnesota since 2017 and adds to that streak here.
Jordan Mendoza: Lions 27, Vikings 23
If the Detroit Lions team that showed up against Denver continues to play like that, it’s going to be tough to beat. Minnesota’s offense continues to show flashes of potential, but it’s not able to keep up with the Lions as they win their first NFC North crown since 1993.usa