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NFL: Detroit Lions vs. Vikings Prediction 12/24/2023

The Detroit Lions (10-4) travel to face off against the Minnesota Vikings (7-7) on Sunday, December 24th. This game will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in U.S. Bank Stadium and televised on FOX. The Lions are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Vikings are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Bengals. Kickoff is set for 1:00 ET.

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The Lions Are Coming Off A Win

The Lions came out on top in their previous game against the Broncos, with the game ending in a score of 42-17. The Lions were able to cover the spread vs. Denver, as they went into the game favored by 5.5.

For the game, quarterback Jared Goff attempted 34 passes and finished with 24 completions for 278. His passer rating for the game was 134.

On the defensive front, the Lions allowed 287 yards of total offense to Denver. Of these yards, 83 were gained on the ground, while the team’s secondary allowed 204 yards on 32 attempts.

This season, the Lions are 1st in the NFC-North on an overall record of 10-4. In non-conference games, their record is 4-1 while going 6-3 in NFC action.

So far this season, the Lions are above .500 vs. the spread at 9-5. Their average scoring margin this season is +3.6. So far this season, Detroit games are 2nd in total points. Their over/under record is 9-5 and the average over/under line for their games is 46.5 points.

Lions Injury Report

  • Scott Daly – Knee (Out)
  • Nate Sudfeld – Knee (Out)
  • Halapoulivaati Vaitai – Back (Out)
  • Derrick Barnes – Shoulder (Questionable)
  • Matt Nelson – Ankle (Out)
  • Emmanuel Moseley – Knee (Out)
  • Jason Cabinda – Knee (Out)
  • C.J. Gardner-Johnson – Pectoral (Out)
  • Mohamed Ibrahim – Hip (Out)
  • Alim McNeill – Knee (Out)
  • Brock Wright – Groin (Questionable)
  • Jerry Jacobs – Hamstring (Questionable)
  • Shane Zylstra – Knee (Out)
  • James Houston – Ankle (Out)
  • Hendon Hooker – Knee (Questionable)
  • Zonovan Knight – Shoulder (Out)

The Vikings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

This week, the Vikings are hoping to bounce back from a 27-24 loss to the Bengals. Alongside their 3-point loss, the Vikings finished with a push against the spread. They were 3-point underdogs before the game.

Versus the Bengals, the Vikings finished with 30 rushing attempts, and Ty Chandler led the way with 132 yards. Meanwhile, Nick Mullens had 33 pass attempts, resulting in 303 yards and a passer rating of 99.

The Vikings’ defense wrapped up the game with five sacks and two interceptions vs. the Bengals. Additionally, the team’s secondary yielded 298 passing yards, while the rush defense permitted 80 rushing yards.

Heading into week 16, the Vikings are 2nd in the NFC-North on a record of 7-7. When comparing their mark to other teams in the NFC, they are 6th. So far, they have gone 2-4 at home and 5-3 on the road.

When it comes to the spread, the Vikings come in at 7-4-3. Going into week 16, their scoring margin per game is +1.5. Minnesota games have averaged 39.9 points so far this season, which is 22nd in the NFL. Their over/under record is 4-10, with an average OU line of 44.4 points.

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  • Dean Lowry – Pectoral (Out)
  • Chris Reed – Illness (Questionable)
  • Jordan Hicks – Lower Leg (Questionable)
  • Kirk Cousins – Achilles (Out)
  • Marcus Davenport – Ankle (Out)
  • Brian O’Neill – Ankle (Questionable)
  • Cam Akers – Achilles (Out)
  • Alexander Mattison – Ankle (Questionable)
  • Olisaemeka Udoh – Quad (Out)
  • James Lynch – Knee (Out)
  • Malik Knowles – Undisclosed (Out)
  • Jalen Nailor – Concussion (Questionable)

Lions Offense Breakdown

So far this season, the Detroit offense has been averaging 27.3 points per game, ranking them 5th in the league.

In terms of passing yards, Detroit’s offense is 10th in attempts. Their average of 253.5 passing yards per game places them 4th in the league.

On the ground, the Lions have ran the ball an average of 29.3 times per game and are 2nd in rushing yards. So far, they are averaging 4.8 yards per rushing attempt.

Vikings Offense Breakdown

On offense, the Vikings are currently averaging 20.7 points per game, ranking them 18th in the NFL.

In this week’s game, Minnesota’s passing game is currently 7th in passing yards. Additionally, they are 4th in pass attempts, throwing an average of 37.1 passes each game.

So far, the Vikings have run the ball an average of 24.6 times per game and currently hold the 23rd spot in rushing yards. On a per-attempt basis, they average 3.9 yards which is 19th.

Lions Team Defense

Defensively, the Lions are currently ranked 15th in tackles for loss and 14th in sacks. Their opponents have been putting up an average of 23.6 points per game against them and accumulating 320.9 yards per contest.

Vikings Team Defense

Looking at Minnesota’s defense, they currently stand 7th in points allowed. Opponents have been averaging 19.2 points per game and 316.0 yards per contest against them.

Lions vs Vikings Trends

  • The Lions are 3-2 ATS in their last road games and 3-2 straight-up.
  • Across their last five home contests, Minnesota has been good against the spread posting a mark of 3-0-2. Their overall mark in these games was 3-2, while averaging 20 points per game.
  • Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Minnesota has an ATS mark of 4-4-2 while going 3-7 straight up.
  • Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Lions have a straight up record of 8-2. But, their mark vs the spread was just 7-3.

Lions vs Vikings Prediction

This game has me leaning towards Detroit to cover at -3. Detroit displayed a strong rushing game in their recent matchup with Denver, and I anticipate that momentum carrying into this week’s game. My bet will be on Detroit to cover the spread before the game begins.

I’m taking the under with the current over/under line at 47. Throughout the season, games involving Minnesota have averaged 39.9 points per game, and I anticipate this game will not exceed 47.

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