Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions Opening Line and Early Picks January 3, 2021

Written by on December 31, 2020

The Minnesota Vikings (6-9), losers of three games in a row, square off against the Detroit Lions (5-10), who are on a three-game losing streak, on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Ford Field. Minnesota is a 6.5-point favorite in the game. The contest’s point total is set at 54.0.

Game Info

  • Game Day: Sunday, January 3, 2021
  • Game Time: 1:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: FOX
  • Location: Detroit, MI
  • Stadium: Ford Field
Place a bet on the Vikings or the Lions in their Week 17 matchup.

Betting Information

Vikings vs Lions Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Vikings -6.5 -115 -105 54.0 -110 -110 -300 240

Vikings Betting Insights

  • Minnesota is just 6-9 against the spread.
  • The Vikings are just 0-2 ATS when playing as at least 6.5-point favorites.
  • Most of Minnesota’s games this year — 10 out of 15 — have hit the over (66.7%).
  • The Vikings have averaged 5.9 fewer points per game this season (26.2) than the Lions have allowed (32.1).
  • In games where Minnesota score at least 26.2 points this season, they are 5-5 overall and 4-6 against the spread.
  • Detroit is 5-3 overall and 6-2 against the spread this season in games where they allow fewer than 32.1 points.
Bet on the Vikings to win the Super Bowl.

Lions Betting Insights

  • Detroit has put together a losing 6-9 record against the spread this season.
  • 9 Detroit’s 15 games this year have gone over the point total (60% of its outings).
  • The average points per game output for the Lions this season, 22.8, is 6.5 fewer than the 29.3 the Vikings have given up in each contest.
  • Detroit is 5-5 overall and 6-4 against the spread when they score at least 22.8 points this season.
  • Minnesota is 6-3 overall and 5-4 against the spread this season in games where they allow fewer than 29.3 points.
Bet on the Lions to win the Super Bowl.

Computer Picks

Computer picks for Vikings vs Lions
ATS Over/Under Score Prediction
Lions (+6.5) Over (54) Vikings 28 Lions 27

Total Facts

  • In 60% of their opportunities this season (nine of 15 chances), the Vikings and their opponents have put up more than this matchup’s point total of 54.0 points.
  • The Lions have played in 10 games this season (out of 15 total matchups — 66.7% of chances) where they and their opponents combined to score more than 54.0 points.
  • These teams average a combined 49 points per game, 5.0 less points than the over/under of 54.0 set for this game.
  • The Vikings and the Lions have seen their opponents average a combined 7.4 more points per game than the point total of 54.0 set in this outing.
  • The average total the Vikings have had set in games this year is 1.5 more points than this outing’s point total.
  • Lions games this season have averaged an over/under of 54.9 points, 0.9 more than the point total in this matchup.
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Vikings vs Lions: Last 5 Meetings

Minnesota has an edge against Detroit over the last five matchups between these two squads, collecting a 5-0 record in those games. In those games against the Lions, the Vikings have a 3-0 record against the spread. Minnesota outscored Detroit 147-75 in those five head-to-head matchups.

Vikings vs Lions: Last Five Meetings
Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Total Yards Result
11/8/2020 Vikings Vikings -3.00 51.50 -162 +143 487-421 MIN 34-20 MIN
12/8/2019 Vikings Vikings -12 44 -530 +440 354-231 MIN 20-7 MIN
10/20/2019 Vikings Lions -2.5 43 -143 +128 503-433 MIN 42-30 MIN
12/23/2018 N/A Lions N/A N/A N/A N/A 340-223 MIN 27-9 MIN
11/4/2018 N/A Vikings N/A N/A N/A N/A 283-209 MIN 24-9 MIN

Betting Insights: Last Three Games (Both Teams)

  • The Vikings total over the last three games is 7.7 points more than the 54.0 total given for this matchup.
  • Minnesota is just 0-3 against the spread and 0-3 straight up over their last three contests.
  • Minnesota has hit the over two times in their last three outcomes.
  • The Lions total over the last three games is 6.0 points greater than the 54.0 total listed for this matchup.
  • Detroit is just 1-2 against the spread and 0-3 straight up over their last three contests.
  • Detroit has gone under the total two times in their last three games.

Injury Report

Vikings: K Dan Bailey: Questionable (Back), TE Kyle Rudolph: Out (Foot), SS George Iloka: Out (Acl), OT Riley Reiff: Out (Illness), OLB Anthony Barr: Out (Pectoral), ILB Eric Kendricks: Questionable (Calf), DE Danielle Hunter: Out (Back), ILB Todd Davis: Questionable (Ribs), FB C.J. Ham: Questionable (Quadriceps), RB Dalvin Cook: Out (Personal), DE Ifeadi Odenigbo: Questionable (Chest), CB Mike Hughes: Out (Neck), DE Jalyn Holmes: Questionable (Groin), CB Chris Jones: Questionable (Groin), RB Alexander Mattison: Questionable (Concussion), ILB Cameron Smith: Out (Heart), CB Kris Boyd: Out (Shoulder), TE Brandon Dillon: Out (Illness), DE Kenny Willekes: Out (Leg), LB Troy Dye: Questionable (Concussion), CB Cameron Dantzler: Questionable (Undisclosed), S Myles Dorn: Out (Undisclosed)

Lions: QB Matthew Stafford: Questionable (Ankle), LB Jamie Collins Sr.: Questionable (Neck), CB Desmond Trufant: Out (Hamstring), DT Danny Shelton: Questionable (Knee), DE Trey Flowers: Out (Wrist), G Joe Dahl: Questionable (Back), CB Tony McRae: Out (Knee), WR Kenny Golladay: Doubtful (Hip), C Frank Ragnow: Questionable (Fractured Throat), DE Da’Shawn Hand: Out (Ankle), OT Tyrell Crosby: Questionable (Ankle), FB Nick Bawden: Out (Torn Acl), OLB Anthony Pittman: Out (Illness), CB Jeff Okudah: Out (Groin), DT Jashon Cornell: Out (Left Achilles)

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