2007 Season NFL Football Past Picks

September 16, 2007

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Minnesota at Detroit

Sunday 09/16 04:05 PM Eastern

3 units on Minnesota +3.5 (-120) (risk 3 to return 3)  RESULT: PUSH

This has been a rivalry of sorts for a long time, but for Detroit, it has been an eternity since they have had success against Minnesota. The Vikings have owned this Lions team, winning the last 10 meetings and 14 of the last 15. The Vikings are a much different team than last year. They stayed in all their games with a team that simply shut down the running game of the opponent. Their offense though was just not able to move the ball. Adrien Peterson showed why he was a #1 pick by the Vikings last week. He completely changes the offense, as he is a gamebreaker on the ground. He also showed he can play a big role in the passing game, making an acrobatic catch that turned into a 60 yard touchdown. The Lions beat up on Oakland but Oakland is so bad, that means very little. Jon Kitna had two more interceptions vs. the Raiders last week, and in two games vs. the Vikings he has thrown six. Last year he threw 22. Against a team that can stop the run, he is going to be in trouble. Oakland reached 21 points just twice last season: against Arizona and Cleveland. So, that says something about the Lions defense. The 405 yards gained by Oakland last week against the Lions is more than they gained in any game last season! The Vikings have never lost at Ford Field (5-0) and they will run that streak to six this week. The Lions as a favorite?!? They are just 31-49 in that role the past decade and a half. Don't overreact, as the public is, to Detroit's good win last week. This week it gets much harder and we'll back the Vikings as a dog.


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