Once again, the Vikings and Lions will clash on Thanksgiving.
The Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions collided on Thanksgiving last year, and the Lions walked away victorious. The roles are reversed with year, with Minnesota in the driver’s seat in the NFC North while Detroit may need to win the division to make the postseason. Their Thanksgiving showdown, which you can watch at 12:30 p.m. ET on Fox (live stream), will go a long way toward deciding how much drama we can expect in December.
Minnesota (8-2) is coming off a huge 24-7 victory against the NFC West-leading Los Angeles Rams in Week 11, extending its winning streak to six games. The Vikings, led by a reinvigorated Case Keenum, have the fifth-ranked offense.
Detroit (6-4) defeated the Chicago Bears, an NFC North rival, 27-24, in Week 11. The Lions are on a three-game winning streak, and they already defeated Minnesota earlier this season. A win against Minnesota on Thanksgiving would put Detroit one game away from the division lead (due to having the tiebreaker edge over Minnesota).
Time, TV channel, and streaming info
- Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Ford Field, Detroit
- TV: Fox Sports
- Streaming: Fox Sports, FuboTV
- Odds: Minnesota is favored by 3 points
Vikings vs. Lions News
- Case Keenum is doing work to keep Teddy Bridgewater off the field in Minnesota:
Keenum has been more than a game manager for a Viking team that’s surprised throughout 2017. After a rocky start — losses in Weeks 2 and 4 — the sixth-year veteran has laid the foundation for the league’s ninth-ranked offense. In his last six games, all victories, he’s averaged 240 passing yards per game and a 68% completion rate.
His numbers got even better once Bridgewater returned from injured reserve to push him for playing time. In his last two games, hard-earned wins against Washington and the Rams, he’s thrown for 584 yards and five touchdowns while completing 71.6 percent of his passes.
- Vikings make a statement with 24-7 victory over Rams:
It was a big game of the week between two NFC teams atop their division and both with 7-2 records. Both teams had top 10 offenses and defenses. Both teams had multiple game win streaks. And the Rams were the top scoring team in the NFL. But after an opening drive TD, the Rams went scoreless the rest of the game, while the Vikings offense slowly gained momentum over the course of the game en route to an impressive 24-7 win against a very good Rams team.
- Lions-Bears snap counts: A’Shawn Robinson, Akeem Spence, Anthony Zettel set career highs:
But Anthony Zettel also played in a career-high percentage of snaps, as did Akeem Spence. While it’s nice to see these guys handle such a heavy workload, it’s also a clear sign Detroit doesn’t trust their depth. And considering how poorly the defensive line played, their starters don’t look all that trustworthy either.
Newcomer Kasim Edebali played in just eight snaps. I know the Lions just added him a week ago, but you have to wonder whether he’s going to last long on the roster, considering how often Bob Quinn likes to shake things up.
- Mitchell Trubisky gave the Bears a chance to take the Lions to OT, and Connor Barth blew it:
Trubisky was excellent on the team’s last two drives. He led the Bears on an eight-play, 78-yard touchdown drive to tie things up 24-24. The Lions answered with a field goal on their next possession, taking a three-point lead with under two minutes to play.
The Bears were starting from their own 17-yard line, and Trubisky moved the offense into field goal range. All they needed was for Barth to come through.
The kick went wide right.
Vikings vs. Lions prediction
Indeed, the Lions already beat the Vikings this season. But Minnesota is an entirely different team right now, and it will easily beat Detroit. Five of our eight experts agreed in their Week 12 picks, choosing Minnesota.
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