December 28, 2013

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings: Preview and Pick

The Detroit Lions recently lost in overtime and it sealed any hope that they had of making the NFL post season. The Minnesota Vikings have known they were going to miss the playoffs for weeks, but until recently had still put up a good fight. Now with nothing to play for but pride, both of these teams will take to the field in the last week of the regular season.

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings Preview

The NFL odds for this game opened up with the Vikings listed as (-2) point favorites. This point spread is just one indication of how far the Lions have fallen in recent weeks. The sports betting public has not given up on them, however as over 67 percent is backing the road team in this game. Despite the fact that public is fading the home team, this betting line has been pushed to (-3) and that could be an indication that smart money is on the home team.

Running back Adrian Peterson came out of Sunday’s game once the Bengals built an insurmountable lead, and even Peterson — who said he was “devastated” by the Vikings’ decision to hold him out the previous week with a sprained foot — couldn’t argue with this one too much. The question now is, will Peterson come back for the final game of the season against the Detroit Lions? He’s unlikely to be completely healthy next week, and with nothing on the line for either team, it might make sense to sit Peterson down, rather than risking an injury in a meaningless game.

The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that the home team is backed by some quality wagering angles. Detroit is 1-5-2 against the spread (ATS) in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Minnesota although Detroit is 4-2 straight up in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota. The total has gone over in 4 of Detroit’s last 5 games when playing Minnesota and the total has gone over in 17 of Detroit’s last 25 games on the road. Minnesota is 11-4 straight up in its last 15 games at home and Detroit is 5-12 straight up in its last 17 games on the road. Detroit is 5-14-1 ATS in its last 20 games on the road and 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games overall.

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings Pick

With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check the forum during the week and on the day of the game to get the latest and most up to date information on the game.

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Cole Ryan

Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.

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