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Predictions For Vikings Lions Betting –Vikings Relishing Sleeper Status

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/26/2012 6:59:05 PM

Few would have predicted heading in to their week four meeting that the Minnesota Vikings would be 2-1 and the Detroit Lions 1-2. However, after a surprising win over the San Francisco 49ers last week at home, the Vikings travel to Detroit this week with designs on being a sports betting sleeper in the powerful NFC North this season. A big reason for Minnesota’s early success has been the quick return to health for running back Adrian Peterson, who will lead the Vikings’ ninth-ranked rushing attack against a Lions’ defense that has been pretty good so far against the run.

Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions
Sunday September 30, 2012 – 1:00 PM ET
Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
NFL Betting Line: Detroit Lions -4

The presence of Peterson in the running game has helped quarterback Christian Ponders’ development, as the second-year passer has thrown for 713 yards and four touchdowns through three games. Perhaps even more important than the touchdowns is the fact that Ponder hasn’t thrown an interception, although he does have two fumbles.

NFL Betting Preview: Minnesota Vikings

The insertion of fourth-overall pick rookie Matt Kalil on the offensive line has been one of the more underrated keys to the Vikings’ offensive success early on, and a relatively mediocre schedule going forward opens the door with the potential for this team to surprise. Minnesota was able to slow down a powerful 49ers’ pass rush in last week’s 24-13 win, and controlled the possession by moving the ball on the ground. The Vikings’ defense has also been very good early on and forced three turnovers against San Francisco an online sportsbook week ago.

NFL Betting Preview: Detroit Lions

Many Lions’ fans weren’t happy with head coach Jim Schwartz’s decision not to kick a field goal and tie the game in overtime against the Titans last week, a mistake that cost the team a crucial win. There isn’t much room for error in the NFC North, and that will put even more pressure on Detroit to bounce back this week. Quarterback Matt Stafford was injured in last week’s loss, and although he should be fine for this week’s game there is a concern about his injury history. One bright spot from the loss at Tennessee was the performance of Mikel LeShoure, who rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown in his debut. The biggest concern for Detroit should be on defense after giving up 437 total yards against a Titans’ offense that was relatively stagnant opening the season with consecutive losses.

NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The Lions will have trouble stopping Peterson and that could open the air ways for Ponder to go over the top and attack down the field. The Vikings haven’t been great on offense, but they have been very efficient and understand the importance of possession. That should work well against a Lions’ team that is coming off a tough loss at Tennessee and hasn’t shown a high level of discipline with both its coaching staff and the players.

NFL Betting Pick: Minnesota Vikings

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