Minnesota has owned this NFC North series recently, winning 9 of the last 10 games according to NFL betting stats. They are also 6-3-1 in those meetings against the football betting pointspread. NFL Week 6 odds have the Vikings as solid favorites against the Lions.
NFL betting stats show that Minnesota has won the last five home meetings against Detroit and rarely have the games been close. The Vikings are 3-2 in those games versus the NFL betting number but only once was the margin of victory less than 9 points. Last year the Vikings blew out the Lions in the Metrodome by a score of 42-10 according to football betting stats. Three of the last four meetings overall in the series have gone over the NFL betting number including the last three at Minnesota.
What could encourage a few NFL betting gamblers to take a chance with the Lions is the fact that general manager Matt Millen is now gone. The Lions under Millen were a football betting disaster. Perhaps now that he is gone they will be a playable team in NFL betting. They do have some offensive talent that can impact the NFL betting line. Jon Kitna is erratic at quarterback but he has receiving talent in Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams. The team has turned to Rudi Johnson and running back and he is a solid option according to football betting experts. If their defense can keep them in this game and somehow contain Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson, they have a shot to cover the NFL betting number.
On the other side of the coin the Vikings will look to pound Peterson all day and hit a few big plays with quarterback Gus Frerotte according to NFL betting experts. Conventional wisdom says that they should be able to do that, but covering a big pointspread is never easy in NFL betting. The public will look to the Vikings but the wise guys might take the big number with Detroit in this game.
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