Lions vs. Vikings Total Prediction
NFC North rivals square off in Minneapolis on Sunday when the Lions visit the Vikings at 1:00 p.m. ET. The total for this game opened at 42.5 but has climbed a half-point to 43. Is the over the best play?
143 Detroit Lions (+13) at 144 Minnesota Vikings (-13); O/U 43
1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, December 8
U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota, MN
Public Betting Trends
According to our NFL Football Public Betting Chart page, the Vikings are receiving 52% of the betting tickets from online sportsbooks.
Detroit Lions Fantasy Spin
Kerryon Johnson (knee, I.R.) returned to practice Wednesday. Johnson isn't eligible to return to game action until Week 16, but this opens his three-week window for activation from injured reserve. Even if he does return, Johnson will be hard to trust for a Week 16 road date against the Broncos in what would be his first game in two months. Johnson isn't worth picking up in season-long leagues unless you play through Week 17. And even then, it's no slam dunk that he gets cleared to return.
Minnesota Vikings Fantasy Spin
Speaking Thursday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Dalvin Cook (chest) will play against the Lions and "be close to 100 percent." Cook has said all week that his health won't be an issue for Week 14, and now his coach agrees. In a mini slump, Cook has a potential eruption spot in a Lions defense surrendering the third most running back fantasy points. The concern is that the Vikes build a big early lead and then give Cook a breather after his Week 13 scare. Regardless, Cook is a clear top-five play even with the injury question mark.
NFL Betting Trends
The under is 8-3 in the Lions’ last 11 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
The under is 7-2 in the Vikings’ last nine games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game.
The under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and is 6-0 in the last six meetings in Minnesota. The under is also 5-0 in the Lions’ last five games played in December, is 5-2 in their last seven divisional games and is 4-0 in their last four games played in Week 14. On the other side, the under is 24-8 in the Vikings’ last 32 divisional games, is 7-2 in their last nine games played in the month of December and is 9-4 in their last 13 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
NFL Week 14 Prediction: Lions/Vikings UNDER 43