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Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Game Preview

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Lions vs Vikings Game Preview

To get you prepped for Week 13, we’ve got some early odds. The Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions will play this week, with kick-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.

The Vikings were unable to contain the San Francisco 49ers’ attack and fell short of a victory, 34-26. Dalvin Cook, the starting running back, has a dislocated shoulder, therefore his condition should be watched before this game.

The Lions were once again unsuccessful in their bid to win their first game. On Thanksgiving, Chicago Bears kicker Cairo Santos kicked a game-winning 28-yard field goal as time expired, dropping Detroit to 0-10-1.

Team News

Minnesota Vikings

It’s a new week for the Minnesota Vikings, and with it comes the addition of yet another name on their reserve/COVID-19 list…and this one could hurt a little.

Cornerback Patrick Peterson has been placed on the COVID-19 list, according to the Vikings. Peterson has stated that he is completely immunized, so he might still play in the Vikings’ NFC North showdown with the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon at Ford Field. He will be eligible to rejoin the squad if he is asymptomatic and exhibits two consecutive negative tests.

More troubling news as Vikings running back Dalvin dislocated his shoulder on Sunday’s defeat to the 49ers. Cook is anticipated to miss at least the next two games, against the Detroit Lions on Sunday and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, possibly returning the following week for the Chicago Bears game on Monday, Dec. 20, according to Schefter.

Lions News

The Lions are likely to be without D’Andre Swift, who is also suffering from a shoulder injury.

Before the injury, Swift had been playing some of the finest football of his young career, establishing personal single-game rushing records in back-to-back weeks. He rushed for 130 yards in a 16-16 tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers, then 136 yards in a 13-10 defeat to the Cleveland Browns.

Swift was tackled to the ground along the sideline by Bears linebacker Roquan Smith in the first half of Detroit’s Thanksgiving game against Chicago. Swift was later ruled out due to a shoulder ailment, which aggravated an injury he sustained against Pittsburgh.

D’Andre Swift has 984 yards and six touchdowns from scrimmage this season. With 56 catches, he leads all running backs.

Match Prediction: Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings 

Even though the Lions haven’t won yet this season, they have covered a lot of ground. When these two teams played in Week 5, the Vikings took a 19-17 victory.

The Vikings’ offense has been strong, with wide-out Adam Thielen scoring, but their defense hasn’t been able to slow down many opposing attacks. D’Andre Swift, the Lions’ running back, was hurt on Thanksgiving, but he averted a severe injury.

The Lions should cover if he and T.J. Hockenson can get their offense back on track.

Odds, Spread And Under/Over: Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings

  • Vikings -7 is the re-opened point spread.
  • Total points: 48
  • Vikings -310, Lions +245 on the money line
  • Vikings -7.5 at the start of the game.
  • Total points at the start: 48
  • DET +7.5 is the early choice.
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Former Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford Wins Super Bowl LVI

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Matthew Stafford Throwing in Super Bowl LVI

Just over a year ago, the Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions ignited the NFL world with a blockbuster transaction that resulted in one of those teams winning the Super Bowl.

Detroit and Los Angeles agreed to exchange starting quarterbacks, as well as two first-round picks and a third-round pick going to the Lions. It was amazing since then-LA QB Jared Goff had led the team to a Super Bowl berth only two years prior and was just in his sixth season in the NFL. All this while Stafford, a Lions franchise legend, was entering his 13th season in the NFL and still putting up incredible numbers on an underperforming club.

The Rams’ decision was taken because they had a clear win-now mindset. Rams coach Sean McVay had helped build a squad that was filled with talent on both offense and defense. But Goff’s play has been lackluster at best since their Super Bowl victory in 2018. With the team’s premier talent aging, LA felt their potential championship window was fading. So they were looking for an improvement in QB play and found it in Stafford. He also had previously demanded a trade from the organization after 12 years and no post-season wins.

Overview of the game details

Matt Stafford guided the Los Angeles Rams to their second Lombardi Trophy with a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday night. By rallying from behind at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, Stafford helped his alma school achieve a historic feat.

A crucial part of the game was when a Stafford interception came from Rams wideout Ben Skowronek, who played a larger role in the second half after Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a non-contact injury in the second quarter.

Stafford and Cooper Kupp, on the other hand, performed what they had done all season. They dialed in when the game was on the line. Offsetting penalties negated a four-yard Kupp touchdown on first-and-goal inside two minutes. Stafford connected with his No. 1 weapon again three plays later for a one-yard touchdown, giving the Rams the final 23-20 advantage, which Aaron Donald would secure with a vital pressure on Burrow on the next drive.

Should the Lions have traded Stafford?

Many questioned Stafford’s ability to be a “Super Bowl-level” quarterback. An enormously wide label commonly used to players who have yet to win a post-season game. Stafford and the Rams won the Super Bowl in Los Angeles. Whether you credit Stafford, Sean McVay, Donald, or Cooper Kupp, the reality is that Stafford won a Super Bowl in his first season after leaving Detroit.

Not only is the Lions’ 2023 first-round selection still on the table, but the draft picks have failed to produce anything concrete. Who knows what will happen with the 32nd pick? Or who knows what Melifonwu’s future will hold? Who knows how the Rams will do in the coming season? 

Furthermore, we don’t believe the Lions could have got more in exchange for Stafford.

We believe the Rams deal still provided the Lions with the best opportunity to rebuild. The Rams made the most of their transaction. It’s now up to the Lions to follow suit.

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Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers Game Preview

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Lions vs Packers Game Preview

With their win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers claimed the NFC’s top seed. What will Green Bay’s starting lineup look like in Week 18 against Detroit, now that they’ve clinched the top seed? With that in mind, let’s look at the NFL odds for the Packers vs. Lions match-up and the prediction.

The Packers’ top seed is secured thanks to the Cowboys’ defeat.

To clinch the No. 1 seed, Green Bay either needed to win their remaining games or the Cowboys needed to lose one of theirs. The Cardinals handed Dallas that setback and the Packers followed up with a win against the Vikings to clinch the top seed with a game to spare.

They can now choose to rest their starters as they choose which players to play. This would give them two weeks of game respite before returning to the field in the Divisional Round.

The betting line for this game was posted late, implying that the Packers are undecided about whether to rest their starters. The other opinion is that taking two weeks off from competitive football is a terrible idea. Is it better to let them play this week rather than put them into a playoff game in the second round? Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers both mentioned that they would like to play at least part of the game against Detroit.

The Lions are playing for pride in Detroit

The Lions, on the other hand, are affected by the game on the other side of the NFL. We’re not talking about the play-offs, but rather the first overall choice in the draft. Detroit is now in second place and cannot fall any farther. The Texans, Jets, and Giants, who have all won four games, hold the third, fourth, and fifth choices, respectively. Detroit’s status will not be affected by a third win.

A loss, on the other hand, may propel them into first place, where they had been for the bulk of the season before winning a pair of late games. If the Lions lose, they’ll still need the Jaguars to beat the Colts in the 2022 NFL Draft order.

While they may not have any post-season decisions to make, do they have any quarterback decisions to make? Is Detroit weighing if Jared Goff is the franchise’s long-term future? Absolutely. Do they know the solution or even need to act on it yet? Not totally, at least. In any case, the Lions’ summer will be fascinating, given their cap room and draft capital.

Prediction for the Packers vs. Lions game

Without all the game’s details, which will be released later this week, this is a difficult one. However, based on the current line there is the assumption that the Packers would rest at least some of their starters.

It doesn’t mean a whit to the Packers, and it provides the Lions plenty of momentum heading into the summer. It’s also worth mentioning that Detroit players are vying for roster places on a club that is expected to make a lot of changes in the coming years. They’ll be competing for more than just bragging rights.

  • Packers -3 in the spread
  • Packers -160, Lions +140 on the Moneyline.
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Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks Game Preview

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Lions vs Seahawks Game Preview

The Detroit Lions are towards the top of the expected 2022 NFL draft order in the season’s last game. While this is nothing new, the next 2 weekends of this season will determine whether the Jaguars or Detroit Lions will have the first overall choice in the draft.

Before all of that, the Lions have a match-up against the Seattle Seahawks in the Pacific Northwest. Can the Lions catch an out-of-contention Seahawks club off guard?

With rain in the forecast, the Seattle Seahawks (-7.5) (5-10) will meet the Detroit Lions (+7.5) (2-12-1) in a traditional Sunday start. With nothing to play for in Seattle, it’s time for the team to focus their attention on the Seahawks’ three offensive talents. Each of whom has a record to defend.

Team News

Russell Wilson has 18 throwing touchdowns and will try for two more, as he has never finished with fewer than 20. Tyler Lockett has already surpassed 1,000 yards for the third year in a row. But he is only 5 yards away from setting a new career-best in receiving yards. DK Metcalf has 846 receiving yards, which puts him 54 yards shy of 900 yards receiving. As he did in both of his first two NFL seasons, and 154 yards shy of his second consecutive 1,000-yard season.

Odds

The Seahawks are a 7-point favourite with a -105 betting line. With equal odds both ways, the Total at 42.5. (-110). Finally, the Seahawks are a massive favorite at -300, while the Lions are a little underdog at +235.

Weather Predictions

With a high of 42 degrees, there’s an 80 percent chance of rain.

History of All-Time Matches

The Seahawks are 10-5 all-time in the series, with a 6-1 mark since the turn of the century. The Seahawks’ recent Wild Card victory against the Lions in 2017, the last time Detroit made the play-offs, is included in that record. The Lions last defeated the Seahawks in Russell Wilson’s rookie season in 2012.

Standings

Both clubs are in last place in their division, and with only two games remaining. They are both likely to finish last. Seattle and Detroit, as you might expect, are both out of postseason contention. The Lions have a lot to play for (or lose for). This is since they are in line for the second selection in next year’s NFL Draft, while the Seahawks surrendered their first-round pick in 2022.

Final Thoughts

In Campbell’s first season as head coach, the Lions will play hard in all three phases, as they have all season. The Seahawks, on the other hand, are a bit of an enigma since no one knows how they’ll react now that they’ve been eliminated from the post-season contention. As a result, the game will be close throughout the four quarters, and neither team will be able to break away from the other. Unless Swift goes completely insane in his comeback, Seattle should have enough firepower to outlast Detroit and win its final home game of a poor season.

  • Prediction: Seahawks to Win by 23, Lions 17
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