If there are two things the Minnesota Vikings can look back on fondly of last week’s victory over Philadelphia, it would be that Kirk Cousins is better than most fans seem to think he is, and that Stefon Diggs is going nowhere. He was catching deep balls left and right, making plays whenever the Vikings needed them, while Cousins was just going nuts all game. Zach Brown of the Eagles lost his job after saying that the Vikings QB was the team’s weakest link, only to be torched by him all day.
Detroit, on the other hand, had its moments against Green Bay, but no matter how you slice it, with the officials and all of the questionable calls, five field goals and one single touchdown will not usually be enough to beat Aaron Rodgers and Co. Still, it was clear that Trey Flowers never made contact with a facemask in the final quarter, despite being flagged for it twice. The team will have to bounce back because a loss in this game will most certainly doom them.
Despite being the road team, Minnesota is set as a 1.5-point favorite. The over/under is set at 44 points at Ford Field.
Offense Is the Key
After the offense tore through the Eagles a week ago, the Vikings will be trying to dismantle the Lions. Interestingly enough, the Vikings are 4-0 when they score at least 28 points and 0-2 when they don’t. The Packers held them to 16 points in their meeting, while the Bears limited them to just six.
People can say what they will about Kirk Cousins and his inconsistency, but one thing he does well is limit his turnovers, with just three picks through the first six games. He has one of the NFL’s best running backs in Dalvin Cook to get the ball to, as Cook has 583 rushing yards and six scores and 23 catches for 213 more yards.
Danielle Hunter has already accumulated six sacks on the year, and he will be looking to bring the heat on Matthew Stafford, while the rest of the team has 11 total sacks.
Lions Try To Bounce Back
They had no issue moving the ball in their last game, but finishing drives was a serious issue. Matt Prater was making field goals all over the field, from 50, 60, you name it. But because he had to keep making them, the rest of the aspects of the game mattered less.
Aaron Rodgers has been scorching this year, and they did nothing to slow him down. Kerryon Johnson’s yardage totals have not been impressive, but he’s had some solid runs this year and a few high-volume performances. His longest rush has gone for 14 yards, and he’ll be looking for more.
Watch for Devon Kennard and Christian Jones to bring the pressure on Cousins, while the secondary looks to stop the suddenly-deadly Diggs-Thielen combo.
Lions Pick Up Much-Needed Win
Led by Stafford and his impressive gun-slinging, the Lions will be victorious.
Free Play: DET +1.5
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