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Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings 11/8/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Detroit Lions visit the Minnesota Vikings on 11/8/2020 at 1:00PM.

Detroit and Minnesota face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. Detroit has a record of 3-4 this season. Minnesota is 2-5 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Detroit Team Defense Preview

Detroit faces 6.6 plays per drive, this defense gives up 36.9 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 2.68 points per drive. On 43.1% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but on 9.7% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 25.7 and these drives typically last 3:04.

Opposing quarterbacks have a QBR of 97.6 against Detroit and 2.0% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Detroit has forced a sack rate of 3.9% this season.

Examining Detroit in a few key defensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have encountered 88 opponent third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 43 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 48.9%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 10 fourth down attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 6 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 50.0%. Defensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone, which is why defenses strive to avoid this from happening. They have had allowed offenses 28 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 20 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 71.4%.

Detroit Team Offense Preview

Detroit has run 6.1 plays per drive and this offense averages 32.7 yards per drive, and they score 2.35 points per offensive possession. On 42.7% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but 8.0% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their possessions start on average at their Own 29.7 and these drives usually take up 2:40 of time.

On 5.3% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and on 2.0% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Detroit has given up 19 sacks this season and there were 145 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

They rushed for 4.0 yards per carry and for 97.1 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 3 times this season.

Examining Detroit in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 90 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 36 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 40.0%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 9 fourth down conversion attempts this season and successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 6 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 66.7%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 29 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and have converted 18 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 62.1%.

Minnesota Team Defense Preview

Minnesota faces 6.7 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 38.6 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 2.85 points per drive. On 55.4% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but 6.8% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 34.7 and these drives usually take up 3:05 of time.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 110.5 and 1.2% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Minnesota has forced a sack rate of 5.3% this season.

Examining Minnesota in a few key defensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have encountered 82 opponent third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 29 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 35.4%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 16 fourth down conversion attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 12 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 63.6%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 26 Red Zone entrances this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 15 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 57.7%.

Minnesota Team Offense Preview

Minnesota has 5.5 plays per drive, this offense averages 34.1 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 2.39 points per drive. 38.7% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 16.0% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their possessions start on average at their Own 23.2 and these drives typically last 2:34.

6.3% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by Minnesota and 5.3% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Minnesota has given up 15 sacks this season and this has resulted in 74 yards lost.

Minnesota rushed for 5.0 yards per carry and for 144.0 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 5 times this season.

Examining Minnesota in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 69 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 27 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 39.1%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 9 fourth down conversion attempts this season and successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 5 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 55.6%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 22 Red Zone entrances this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 17 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 77.3%.

The Detroit Roster

The Players to Watch for Detroit

Adrian Peterson RB 6-1 220

This season, Adrian Peterson has 321 rushing yards on 85 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Adrian Peterson picked up 55 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 7 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Kenny Golladay WR 6-4 214

This season, Kenny Golladay picked up 338 yards. He caught the ball 20 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Danny Shelton DT 6-2 345

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Detroit, Danny Shelton has 11 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 68.87 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Romeo Okwara DE 6-4 263

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Detroit, Romeo Okwara has 18 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 5 times this season, which put him in the 85.96 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1.0 fumbles this season.

Tracy Walker FS 6-1 210

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Detroit, Tracy Walker had 36 tackles which puts him in the 86.29 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Tracy Walker as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 26.0 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Jeff Okudah CB 6-1 205

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Detroit, Jeff Okudah had 32 tackles which puts him in the 93.96 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jeff Okudah as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 67.9 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

The Minnesota Roster

The Players to Watch for Minnesota

Kirk Cousins QB 6-3 202

This season, Kirk Cousins has put up 1635 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has thrown 10 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 91.9thus far this season. Kirk Cousins has thrown 10 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Kirk Cousins has 55 rushing yards, which puts him in the 46.43 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 11 times this season, which puts him in the 32.14 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Dalvin Cook RB 5-10 210

This season, Dalvin Cook has 652 rushing yards on 122 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 10 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Dalvin Cook picked up 127 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 14 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Justin Jefferson WR 6-1 202

This season, Justin Jefferson picked up 563 yards. He caught the ball 31 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jaleel Johnson DT 6-3 316

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Minnesota, Jaleel Johnson has 14 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 31.13 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Jalyn Holmes DE 6-5 283

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Minnesota, Jalyn Holmes has 9 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 9.65 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Anthony Harris FS 6-1 202

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Minnesota, Anthony Harris had 30 tackles which puts him in the 70.97 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Anthony Harris as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 26.0 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Jeff Gladney CB 5-10 191

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Minnesota, Jeff Gladney had 31 tackles which puts him in the 91.76 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jeff Gladney as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 25.93 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Detroit Lions 26 Minnesota Vikings 28

Spread Pick: Minnesota -1.5 -108 10Bet
Moneyline Pick: Minnesota -120 10Bet
Total Pick: Under 55 -114 10Bet and Over 51.5 -110 5Dimes