The Detroit Lions are on the road in NFL Football action today when they take on the Minnesota Vikings. The game is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised live on FOX. Currently the odds for the game have the Vikings favored by about a field goal to get the victory.
Minnesota was embarrassed by San Francisco last week on Monday Night Football, scoring only three points against a 49er team that was supposed to be in shambles. Now they take on a Lions team that has to be salty about the way they lost as well.
Detroit led 21-10 entering halftime of their game at San Diego last week, a game they should have won but lost. Jim Caldwell’s team can not be happy at the loss, but now play their second straight road game to open the season.
The Lions need to get the football to their best weapon, Calvin Johnson. Megatron caught only one pass last week as the Chargers were playing a safety over the top, Matthew Stafford couldn’t get him the football. The Lions have found a nice rookie in Ameer Abdullah, from Nebraska, who has the breakaway speed needed as the Lions play him in many situations, looking to get him the football as much as possible.
Minnesota will want a better game from Adrian Peterson, who didn’t have a good game last week against the 49ers. Peterson ran for only 31 yards on 10 carries, finishing with three catches and 21 yards as well. It figured they would like to gradually work him back into it, but they fell behind early and could not get anything to work right against the San Francisco defense. The Lions lost both of their solid defensive tackles from last year in Suh and Fairley, and although Detroit still has a decent defense, Peterson should get a lot of carries in this one today.
Minnesota’s defense could be the key. The Lions have been able to get the football up and down the field consistently with their current core group and they play in a dome normally, but the Vikings do have a very solid home field crowd.
Detroit won both of these games last year, 17-3 and 16-14. Bridgewater made significant strides between the two games and played well at the end of last season. Minnesota’s game against San Francisco should be the anomaly to their 2015 season and they could get back on track with a win here.
Overall, Detroit played much better despite their troubles. Taking the points here.
Free Pick: Lions
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