1:02 pm
September 25

Lions @ Vikings

Who will WIN this matchup?

Detroit Lions (1-1)

@ Minnesota Vikings (1-1)


Current odds:

Detroit Lions: (+215)

Minnesota Vikings: (-256)


The spread for this game is Vikings by 6 points.

Kirk Cousins’ performance on Monday Night Football was an eyesore. The good news for the Minnesota Vikings and their veteran quarterback is that he’s always thrived against the Detroit Lions. Minnesota (1-1) will look to bounce back from its 24-7 road loss to Philadelphia when it faces the Lions on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Cousins, a Michigan native, has a 7-2 record in nine starts against Detroit. He’s averaged 282 passing yards in those outings while throwing for 19 touchdowns and getting intercepted just twice.

The Eagles picked off three of Cousins’ throws on Monday and dropped a couple more potential interceptions. A pair of the turnovers occurred in the end zone.

Cousins looked a lot better in the season opener against Green Bay, when he passed for 277 yards and two touchdowns without an interception in a 23-7 victory.

He’ll face an improving Lions pass rush spearheaded by No. 2 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson, who recorded three sacks against Washington last Sunday.

It would greatly help Cousins if the running game can get untracked. Dalvin Cook was held to 17 yards on just six carries against the Eagles.

The Lions (1-1) were cooking offensively against the Commanders. Jared Goff passed for 256 yards and four touchdowns in the 36-27 win, including two scoring tosses to Amon-Ra St. Brown. The second-year receiver, a fourth-round pick in 2021, gained 184 total yards.

Top back D’Andre Swift contributed 87 total yards and a receiving touchdown but is battling an ankle injury and missed practice on Wednesday. He returned in a limited fashion for Thursday and Friday and was listed as questionable, along with Hutchinson (thigh), tight end T.J. Hockenson (hip) and center Frank Ragnow (foot).

Lions defensive lineman John Cominsky will be out after undergoing hand surgery. Vikings defensive backs Harrison Smith (concussion) and Andrew Booth Jr. (quadriceps) didn’t practice all week and were ruled out.

The Lions snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Vikings with a 29-27 triumph last December. Goff threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns with St. Brown making 10 receptions for 86 yards and a score. Cousins passed for 340 yards and two touchdowns, including one to Justin Jefferson, who caught 11 passes for 182 yards.

StreakSmarter Pick
Minnesota Vikings