The Detroit Lions will hit the road Sunday for an NFC North matchup against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Lions edged the Vikings, 29-27, in Week 13 last year to notch their first win of the season. They’ll be hoping for a similar result and will believe they can as they’ve had a good start to the season compared to last year.
That said, this is the first game not at Ford Field so they won’t have the support from the home crowd. Plus, the Vikings will be wanting to rebound after a heavy defeat to the Eagles in Week 2.
Detroit (1-1) has the league’s fourth-ranked offense and averages 405.5 yards an outing. Quarterback Jared Goff has completed 41 of 71 passes for 471 yards, six touchdowns, and one interception. The former top overall pick is 2-2 in his career against the Vikings with eight scoring passes and two picks.
D’Andre Swift headlines a ground attack that averages a whopping 7.2 yards per carry and is ranked third with 186 yards a game. Swift has tallied a full 10 yards a rush and has 200 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries. Jamaal Williams has found the end zone twice while posting 81 yards on 23 attempts, and receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown has a pair of carries for 68 yards.
Brown has been Goff’s favorite target and has caught 17 balls for 180 yards and three scores. Tight end T.J. Hockenson has hauled in seven passes for 64 yards, while Swift, DJ Chark, and Josh Reynolds have each posted a touchdown catch.
The Lions should be able to run the ball against a Vikings defense that has allowed opposing running backs to average 5.3 yards a rush and 137 yards a game. The Philadelphia Eagles torched Minnesota’s run defense for 163 yards in a 24-7 win this past Monday.
The Vikings’ pass defense has surrendered 275 yards an outing and four touchdowns to rank near the bottom of the league. The Eagles had four receivers with 69 yards or more in their Week 2 victory.
Minnesota (1-1) has struggled offensively under first-year head coach Kevin O’Connell and has as many field goals as touchdowns this young season. Veteran signal-caller Kirk Cousins had a forgettable outing against the Eagles with three interceptions and several passes that should have been picked off.
Running back Dalvin Cook opened the season with 90 yards against the Green Bay Packers but was limited by the Eagles to 17 yards on six carries. Cook should see more touches against a Detroit run defense that has allowed 5.1 yards and 152 yards a game to enemy running backs.
Two-time Pro Bowl receiver Justin Jefferson has transformed 23 targets into 15 receptions for 232 yards and two touchdowns. The ability of the Lions’ secondary to contain the former LSU standout will play a massive role in the success of Detroit in Sunday’s showdown.
Cook and wideout Adam Thielen have caught seven balls apiece, and pass catchers Johnny Mundt, K.J. Osborn, and Irv Smith Jr. have each tallied five catches.
Vikings vs. Lions Prediction, Picks and Parlay
In a projected high-scoring affair with an over/under of 52.5 points, the Lions’ high-octane offense will be able to outscore the Vikings in a wild shootout. Look for Swift to put up productive numbers and Goff to continue his impressive start to the 2022 season.
Prediction: Detroit 34, Minnesota 31
With the Vikings as favorites at – 250 and the Lions at +210 to get the win, we think the Lions’ Moneyline is worth a shot. Or better, use it in a parlay or same game parlay.
Our picks for the Same Game Parlay are Lions Moneyline, over 52.5 points, and for Swift to score a touchdown in the game. The odds for this at BetMGM are +650 (7.50).
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions Prediction & Preview
The Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles start Week 1 at Ford Field in Detroit. Both teams will want to make the best start, especially the Lions after a poor campaign last season. They’re a different team from last season so should be more of a threat to the Eagles, having lost 44-6 to the last time they met.
In the three preseason games, both teams’ records were 1-2. Both teams will now start their first team players, Hurts will be trying to help his team score more throwing points. The Lions quarterback, Jared Goff, will be wanting to give a better performance in his second season, especially after seeing his old team, the LA Rams, win Super Bowl LVI.
This Sunday, these two teams will face off in what is sure to be an exciting matchup. The Lions will be looking to start their season on a high note, while the Eagles will be looking to prove that they are still a force to be reckoned with in the NFL.
Keep reading for team news as well as our Eagles vs Lions prediction at the end of the article.
Eagles vs. Lions Prediction
The Detroit Lions take on the Philadelphia Eagles in the first NFL matchup of the season on Sunday. Both teams had mediocre preseasons, both 1-2, though take into consideration that not all first-pick players played in these games.
The Eagles made it to the Playoffs in 2021, but couldn’t get passed the Buccaneers so they’ll be wanting to go further this season. This could spell trouble for the Lions who come up against a tough opponent in Week 1.
When these two met last season the Eagles embarrassed the Lions winning 44-6. This year we feel it’s going to be closer, but we still can’t see the Lions getting the win even at Ford Field.
Our Eagles vs Lions prediction is Philadelphia Eagles -7.
You might be thinking that’s too high, but this Eagles offense looks to strong for a weak Lions defense. We think Goff will have to work some unreal magic to see this scoreline switched round the other way.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Detroit Lions Preseason Game Preview
The Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers are set to face off in their third preseason game of the summer before the start of the season on the 11th of September. While the game is ultimately meaningless in terms of the regular season standings, it provides an opportunity for each team to see where they stand before the games start to count.
The Lions are coming off a disappointing season in which they failed to make the playoffs, but they are hopeful that their young core of players can help them turn things around.
The Steelers, on the other hand, are coming off a strong campaign in which they made it all the way to the AFC Championship game.
Both teams will be eager to get back on the field and compete, especially the Lions after they defeated the Indianapolis Colts 27-26 in the previous preseason game. The Lions narrowly lost to the Atlanta Falcons in their opening preseason game 27-23 making them 1-1 going into this final preseason game.
One player that won’t feature in this final preseason game is quarterback Jared Goff. He did feature against the Falcons, but the Lions coach doesn’t want to risk him picking up an injury before the start of the season. He said:
“You know, I don’t see Goff playing, and he’s not going to talk me into it,” Campbell said at his Monday press conference. “I told him that this morning, so he’ll know my conviction. But I do see the starters playing.”
When it comes to picks for this game, I’m leaning towards the Steelers. They have more experience and talent on both sides of the ball, and I think that will give them the edge in a close contest. However, it is preseason, so anything can happen.
What I will say is that if the Lions can take this preseason form into the competitive games then they might not end up second to bottom like last season. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars had a worse record than the Lions.
Former Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford Wins 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.