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NFL Thanksgiving 2017: Vikings at Lions
We've got a fun, competitive matchup to kick off Thanksgiving Thursday as the Minnesota Vikings -- fresh off a convincing 24-7 win over the LA Rams -- host the Detroit Lions in a matchup that has some direct implications to the playoff picture. The Lions, known for always playing on Thanksgiving day, have won their last four matchups on this holiday, including a 16-13 win over Minnesota last season.
The game actually opened as a pick 'em before the Vikings settled in as 3-point favorites. The total hasn't seen much movement since opening at 45.5.
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Betting Line: Minnesota Vikings -3
At the time of publication, about 60 percent of the public were laying the points on the road and taking Minny.
65 percent of the wagers on the total have been on the OVER.
• The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Vikings' last eight games vs the Lions.
• The Vikings are 2-5 straight up (SU) in their last seven games on the road vs the Lions.
• The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Vikings' last 10 games on the road vs the Lions.
What to Watch For
These two sides played back in Week 4 when the Lions won 14-7 in a matchup that featured some solid defense. The Vikings ended up turning the ball over three times in that game -- resulting in 11 points for Detroit.
The Lions are projected to have 1 takeaway Thursday, with a slightly higher probability of a pick than a recovered fumble.
We've got one team that's absolutely rolling, and another that's still in the thick of things. So why does AccuScore think the Lions have a good chance at pulling off the upset this week?
A lot of this comes down to some recent streaks. The Lions have beaten the Vikings three straight times and Detroit has won four straight on Thanksgiving. The Lions also have covered the spread in five straight Thanksgiving games. Add in the fact that they're on a three-game winning streak, and the momentum just adds more confidence to the pick.
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