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Predictions For Betting On Lions Vikings – Lions Are Rising While Vikings Are Falling

Posted by Tony Bryant on 11/6/2012 5:42:47 PM

The Detroit Lions are finally playing like the team that made the playoffs last season. The Minnesota Vikings are hurting both physically and psychologically at the moment.

Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings–Sunday, November 11
NFL betting line: No line

Why DetroitWill Win

When an online casino flourishes, it gains real momentum… perhaps not on its own, but because bettors get frustrated and, in the midst of a losing streak, continue to double down on their bets to try to make up the difference. This kind of feels like the situation the Minnesota Vikings are facing at the present time.

Minnesota had been 5-2 and very much in control of its fate in the National Football Conference. The Vikings were shaping up to become one of the surprising success stories in the NFL, led by an overachieving defense and an offense powered by stud running back Adrian Peterson, who has not disappointed at all this year. However, they have seemingly lost their magic and their winning edge in recent weeks. They got popped at home by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then lost at Seattle against the Seahawks.

Minnesota's defense got shredded in each game, giving up at least 30 points in the two contests. Moreover, receiver Percy Harvin got injured against Seattle. The uncertainty surrounding his medical report and subsequent health  status for this game help explain why a betting line has not yet been posted. Quarterback Christian Ponder will play for Minnesota in this game, but he was dinged up late in the loss at Seattle. He will not take the field with confidence on Sunday.

Speaking of confidence, Detroit should have plenty of it. The Lions were 2-4 and reeling, but they rallied to beat Seattle on Oct. 28 thanks to a last-minute touchdown pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford. The clutch drive by Stafford was commonplace last season, when the Lions made the playoffs, but it had been a rarity for most of the 2012 campaign. When Stafford completed that drive against Seattle, the team gained a spring in its step and seemed to reclaim the swagger it owned last season. Minnesota will have its hands full with this team, even on its home field in Minneapolis.

Why Minnesota Will Win

In the high-stakes poker that's played in the NFL, streaks end and good runs are eventually halted. Detroit's had a nice two-week swing, but are the Lions really consistent enough to play yet another high-level game in succession? The Lions are still volatile. They have certainly shown signs of life in recent weeks, but not enough to merit the trust of bettors.
The Vikings, meanwhile, know that they can play a lot better than they have over the past two weeks. They were overconfident against Tampa Bay, but they also got punched in the mouth by the Buccaneers. Minnesota has received a wake-up call with these two recent losses. If the Vikings treat this game with an appropriate degree of urgency, they should be able to rattle Matthew Stafford and disrupt Detroit's offense.

Who Will Win

It’s possible that Minnesota will bounce back, and it's even more possible that Detroit will fall. However, if Percy Harvin can't play – and there's a reasonable chance he won't – the Vikings just won't have the weapons needed to keep pace with the Lions. Pick Detroit.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Detroit


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