Detroit vs. Minnesota Preview

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Sunday when the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings meet at TCF Bank Stadium.

Detroit at Minnesota
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 20, 2015
Where: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX.
LINE: Vikings -3. O/U: 43
PREDICTION: Lions 20, Vikings 17
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Oddsmakers currently have the Vikings listed as 3-point favorites versus the Lions, while the game’s total is sitting at 44.

Labeling his team’s performance as “embarrassing,” Peterson rushed for 31 yards on only 10 carries in his first game since missing more than a year while dealing with child abuse allegations. Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen provided bulletin-board material with his proclamation on Wednesday. “We’re going to beat Detroit,” Griffen told reporters. “I’m very angry right now, as you can see, because we prepared way too hard (to lose on Monday). But we’re going to go out there and get ’em.”

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 20-3 result against the 49ers on September 14. The Vikings failed to cover in that game as a -3-point favorite, while the 23 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Team record: 0-1 SU,0-1 ATS
Minnesota is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Minnesota’s last 12 games
Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Calvin Johnson was held in check last Sunday with just two catches for 39 yards, but could break out in a big way against Minnesota. The veteran wideout recorded an amazing 207-yard performance versus the Vikings in 2012 and has four touchdowns in his last five meetings. Rookie Ameer Abdullah rushed for a 24-yard touchdown on his first carry against the Chargers and looks to take advantage of a Vikings defense that was torched for 168 yards by 49ers running back Carlos Hyde.

Last time out for Detroit, they were a 33-28 loser as they battled the Chargers on the road. The Lions failed to cover in the match as a +3.5-point underdog, while 61 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Team record: 0-1 SU,0-1 ATS
Detroit is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Detroit’s last 21 games
Detroit is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Detroit is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road

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