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Lions Vikings Betting – Minnesota Still Looking For First Win As They Welcome Lions

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/23/2010 6:15:23 PM
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Only months after barely missing out on a Super Bowl berth, the Minnesota Vikings are at risk of becoming irrelevant early on this season. Despite being projected as a legitimate threat to make it to the Super Bowl out of the NFC, the Vikings have opened the year 0-2, falling to the team they lost to in last year’s conference championship game week one, then losing to a Miami Dolphins’ team they’ve had little trouble with over the past few seasons.

NFL Betting: Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings

Online Sports Betting Odds: Vikings - 10.5

While the Vikings have more questions than answers after the first two weeks, the Detroit Lions are a franchise going in the opposite direction, as head coach Jim Schwartz has finally provided the hometown fans with some hope that their football betting team is on the way out of the NFL basement despite starting 0-2.

Why To Bet On The Lions?

Detroit could very well be 2-0 heading into week three, with a cocky play by wide receiver Calvin Johnson in their week one loss to the Bears keeping the Lions’ from halting their long losing streak away from home, and then a close three-point loss to the Philadelphia Eagles keeping them winless. With sophomore quarterback Matt Stafford out with an injury, backup Shaun Hill came in and did an average job running the offense, throwing for 335 yards and two touchdowns, but also for two interceptions. Rookie running back is a legitimate NFL running back, rushing for 4.6 yards per carry while adding another two touchdowns to his total five through two games. Detroit’s tough schedule has kept it from earning its first win, but each of their first two games they have covered, and there is no reason to think that won’t continue this week as double-digit underdogs.

Why To Bet On The Vikings?

After registering the best passing season of his professional career, quarterback Brett Favre has struggled this season, adding another three interceptions to his total four in the loss to Miami. Favre has gone from looking like a world-beater, to a 40-year old man, which is what he is after all. Week two marked the worst game for Favre as a Vikings quarterback, and the thinking around Minnesota is that he can only get better from here. Adrian Peterson rushed for 145 yards in the loss to the Dolphins, and should continue to excel behind a solid offensive line. The defense has held Miami and New Orleans to a 12 point per game average through two games, so it will be on Favre and the offense to pick up their play.

How The Game Will Play Out

The Lions are much improved this season, but have been terrible on the road the past couple of seasons, and those struggles will only continue this weekend on the road in Minnesota. Despite losing their first two games, Detroit has covered both, and that should continue as double-digit dogs against a Vikings’ team still trying to get it right.

Lions Vikings Betting Pick: Lions


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