Lions vs. Vikings NFL Free Pick
A short week, a banged up quarterback and an emphasis on the running game could be three factors that play into the under hitting in today's Lions and Vikings matchup at 1:00PM ET.
Adrian Peterson managed just 31 rushing yards on 10 carries in the Vikings' Week 1 loss to the 49ers on Monday night. He admitted to feeling slightly hesitant while taking handoffs out of the shotgun and that will be a transition that could limit his effectiveness early in the season. Minnesota's offensive line also contributed to the Vikings only scoring 3 points against San Francisco's new-look defense.
In Detroit, Matthew Stafford said he's good to go for today's game but the arm injury he suffered last week in San Diego contributed to the Lions' offense getting off-track in the second half. If Stafford is limited, the Lions could lean on rookie Ameer Abdullah, who flashed for 94 total yards in the loss to the Chargers.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book GT Bets, the Vikings are 2.5-point home favorites versus the Lions while the total for today's game is sitting at 44 points. The under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings between these two teams in Minnesota and 10-4 in the last 14 meetings overall. With Minnesota coming off a short week of preparation and rest, look for another low-scoring game today between these two teams.
NFL WEEK 2 FREE PICK: VIKINGS/LIONS UNDER 44