Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions: Preview and Pick
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The Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions will kick off the 2013 season with a divisional battle featuring some of the best players in the game today. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will attempt to rush into the history books, while the Lions will look to showcase Calvin Johnson, the best wide out in football.
[B]Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions Odds
The lines makers opened up the point spread on this game with the Lions as (-3) point favorites. However the public money is flowing in on the Lions and that has caused this number to be pushed in favor of the home team. Currently this line can be found at Detroit (-5) at several reputable offshore sportsbooks.
The Lions will be at home, but they still have to play well to make up for a horrible season a year ago. Johnson is arguably the biggest and best target in the NFL, but he only managed to find the end zone five times a year ago. Quarterback Matthew Stafford will look to get the big play going early and often to start the season. To aid the offense, the Lions signed running back Reggie Bush in the off season. Bush will be a rushing and a receiving threat out of the backfield and will play the same role that Darren Sproles has played in the past for the New Orleans Saints.
The Vikings defense will get a big test against this high octane offense; however the Vikings offense will be under the microscope. Everyone knows that Adrian Peterson will run the ball and get plenty of carries against the Lions, but if quarterback Christian Ponder can play well, the Vikings may return to the playoffs again this season.
To help Ponder get better on offense the Vikings acquired veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings and also bolstered the weaponry in the draft. The football betting trends reveal some very interesting angles on this contest.
The Vikings are 6-2-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last nine games on turf and 4-1 ATS in the last five games overall. The Lions are the better team and the favorite, but the trends suggest they will have problems. The Lions are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 against the NFC North, 5-16 ATS in their last 21 against the NFC, and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games on turf.
These two teams are eager to get the season started and make a run for the NFL playoffs.
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.