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Lions vs Vikings Prediction & NFL Odds for Week 5

Lions vs Vikings Prediction & NFL Odds for Week 5

by Allyson ParkOctober 6, 2021
  • Vikings should get the win, but count on the Lions defense to keep them in the game
  • Kirk Cousins needs to step it up
  • Lions pass-rush defense looks to pressure Cousins

In the fifth week of the NFL regular season, the Detroit Lions (0-4) travel to take on the Minnesota Vikings (1-3) at U.S. Bank Stadium, with kickoff set for Sunday at 1 pm EST.

The Lions are looking to get their first win of the season, coming off of a 14-24 loss to their division rivals, the Chicago Bears. The Vikings are in a slightly better position, but only slightly. They just lost to the Cleveland Browns in a weird 7-14 Week 4 loss.

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Lions vs Vikings Prediction: Spread

While I don’t doubt that the Minnesota Vikings will be able to win this game, I think that the Lions will still be able to stay in the game. I think it’ll be a decently close game on Sunday, and my prediction is that the Vikings win by a field goal and fail to cover the spread for this game.

  • Free Prediction: Lions +7

Lions vs Vikings Prediction: MoneyLine

This is probably going to be a pretty close game, as both teams are less-than solid, but I think that ultimately, the Vikings will be the better team in this matchup and exit Week 5 with an all-right 2-3 record.

The Vikings are an odd team, I’m going to say that right now and get it over with. Theoretically, they have what it takes to be a top-tier NFL team, but they’re sitting at the third spot in the NFC North right now, with a record of 1-3.

Minnesota’s offense continues to be both their greatest asset and their greatest downfall. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is consistently one of the best in the league for passing yards and completion percentages, but he and the rest of the Vikings team always seem to fall short when they need the win most.

Cousins started off the first two games this season with great numbers, but he made some big mistakes and slipped up last Sunday when the Vikings lost to the Cleveland Browns in a sloppy 7-14 game. Honestly, their record should be 3-1. In their Week 1 game against the Bengals, and their Week 2 game against the Cardinals, they lost by a field goal and a single point respectively.

Minnesota’s losses this season so far have been 100 percent preventable (except for maybe the Cleveland game last week.) If they hope to win this game against their division rivals this Sunday, Cousins and their offense are going to have to be sharp and make big plays. They’re going to have to make smart decisions quickly, as the Lions’ pass-rush defense has been effective this season, garnering at least 3 sacks in three games straight.

The Detroit Lions have been doing even worse than the Vikings this season. They’re still looking for their first win of the season, but I don’t think they’re going to get it this Sunday.

This Lions team has been wildly inconsistent this season, and I don’t really think anybody knows what’s going on with them. One week they’re putting up a great fight against the Baltimore Ravens, and the next week they can barely convert on third down.

Detroit’s biggest strength entering this game will be their defense, as mentioned previously. They will probably look to put a lot of pressure on Cousins, who struggled a lot against the Browns last week. The defense most likely will aim to make some big plays and hopefully force some turnovers, but that’s about all they can do.

All that being said, I’m pretty confident that the Vikings will win this one. I think that the Lions’ defense will be able to make it a decently close game, but the Vikings really need this win if they hope to bounce back after a less-than-ideal start to the regular season

  • Free Prediction: Minnesota Vikings -335

Lions vs Vikings Prediction: Total

The total for this game is currently 50 points. The oddsmakers are undecided for this game, but I would bet the over for this game. Even though the Lions are winless in this season so far, they’ve still been able to score a decent amount of points per game, averaging 20.3 points per game.

The Vikings also have a decent offense, and even though they hit a wall in last week’s game against the Cleveland Browns, they have also been able to find the red zone multiple times per game. I think the over is a great bet for this game.

  • Free Prediction: Over -110

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Allyson Park
Allyson Park is a sports writer and media content creator at Knup Solutions. She covers a variety of sports, including football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. She is currently a student at Virginia Tech majoring in multimedia journalism and minoring in creative writing. Her favorite sports to watch are NFL football and women's soccer. After graduating, she hopes to enter the sports journalism industry and provide a unique angle and perspective on sports as a woman of color.