One. I think Detroit is ready to win. There run game is respectable, the defense is respectable, Stafford can still sling the ball, and they’ve got a coach who is used to winning. Swallowing that loss on Monday Night win had to be tough, but they showed they can win on the road and this one is at home.
Two. I don’t believe this Kirk Cousins streak. Yes, he has strung together two good game, but he’s got a history that shows us that this won’t last. I’ll argue that they came against pretty shitty defenses and low pressure offensive drives. The Lions aren’t a top five D by any means, but I expect the Lions to keep it closer and make Kirk come back to earth
Three. The Lions just need this win more. The NFC North could easily get out of hand at 2-3-1 for the Lions. Minnesota on the other hand is over that scare coming off a two-game win streak and are due for a lackluster game
The Lions should win straight up, take these points.
What is going on with the Vikings? Adam Thielen runs his mouth, Kirk Cousins apologizes, Zimmer ain’t happy about any of it, and Diggs wants out.
Add all that drama with the fact that Delvin Cook got shut down last week by the Bears and what do you get? An offense that is closer to imploding than one that will figure it out.
The Giants defense is doing ok vs the run (The Vikings bright spot) and pretty poor against the pass (The Vikings $28 million dollar problem)
Too confusing, let’s back it up the brain cells.
Vikings are playing their second game in a row on the road, outdoors. The G-Men are playing their second in a row at home.
The Giants seem to be piecing it together, and the Vikings seems to be falling apart. This one could go either way, but I don’t expect the winner to run away with it. It’ll be close, so we’ll take the 5 points.
Bookmakers see this one as a pickem with Chicago getting the 3 points as the home team.
It’s probably deserved considering Trubisky basically had 1 good quarter vs a terrible Redskins team and Taylor gabriel, who was Mitch’s favorite target Monday night and caught 3 tuts, is concussed and questionable for this weekend.
Matt Nagy still has to hold Mitch’s hand and I don’t see him having as much success against a legit Vikings defense.
The change in Minnesota’s strategy to basically not give Kirk Cousins the chance to hurt them is already paying dividends as Dalvin Cook is having a breakout season with 375 rushing yards and 4 tds in 3 games. Look for the Bears to again struggle to move the ball and Minnesota to do just enough for the win.
The Vikings are arguably one the most talented teams in the NFC. Good defense. Good weapons at all positions on offense.
Dalvin Cook has sure been up to the task of carrying the offense – 130YPG on the ground to go along with 3 touchdowns. But you can’t win in the current NFL against good teams by just pounding the rock.
Is there a glaring weakness holding them back? Maybe. Has @DPShow fan favorite Kirk D. Cousins; shout out @AndrewPerloff @PaulPabst, delivered on his big contract? Seems that Minnesota may be trying to hide him. Only giving him 10 passing attempts in a Week 1 win against the Falcons. Sub 50% completion with 2 picks against the Pack in a game they could’ve won. He NEEDS to have his breakout game this week!
Oakland came out hot against KC last week. And, maybe Jon Gruden can coach an offense after all that time in the booth. Expect them to get their a TD or 2, but that roster can’t hang with top notch teams for all 60 minutes just yet.
Vikings will control this one and win big at home.