NFL Week 12: Thanksgiving Day Special Vikings vs LionsPublished November 24, 2016 by Sol FH
The Minnesota Vikings take on the red-hot Detroit Lions at 17:30 GMT. Check out the game preview and odds available.
The Minnesota Vikings started their season out on a hot streak that left them unbeaten until Week 7. That first loss to the Philadelphia Eagles was the beginning of a four-game-losing-streak, but that to ended last week as the Vikes won a hard fought battle against the Arizona Cardinals. One of Minnesota’s losses during that four-game period was to the Detroit Lions in an overtime heart breaker 22-16. Tonight, the highly anticipated rematch and Thanksgiving Day classic kicks off early and it should be an action packed event.
The Vikings seemingly love the Thanksgiving Classic and have won five games with only a single loss on US Turkey Day. They have a 2-1 record against the Lions on Thanksgiving and if they would have tackled and held onto the ball better in the first game against Detroit three weeks ago, they would have won that one too. Tonight, the Vikings face a red-hot Lions team that is on a two-game-winning-streak and that has taken over top spot in the “black and blue” division.
The Vikings defense is still one of the best in the NFL, but in their first game against the Lions, they only sacked Matthew Stafford once. The young Detroit Offensive Line should be an advantage for the skilled Minnesota Defense, but if they cannot pressure the QB, this one could once ago be in favor of the Lions. On the other hand, the Vikings need to start scoring more points offensively and stop depending on their defense to put points on the board. They have had a tough season offensively, losing Adrian Peterson and forced to play with an ever-improving Sam Bradford.
NFL Thanksgiving Odds and Betting Markets
Bet365 Sports is your home for all NFL betting and the leading UK sportsbook is offering some incredible betting options ahead of today’s game. The Vikings are on the Over tonight at 1.90 for 41.5 or more points, while the Lions are on the Under. The Lions are outright favorites on the Money Line at 1.86, but Minnesota are right behind at 1.95.