5 Bold Predictions: Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions – Week 13

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Williams will run for over 125 yards

The Lions have had their own offensive adjustments recently as they’ve looked to take the ball out of Jared Geoff’s hands. With D’Andre Swift likely to miss this game due to a shoulder injury, there’s a good chance the Lions will use Jamaal Williams as the centerpiece of their game plan.

Williams has been a solid if not spectacular back during his career but that’s not why he’ll have a big game. Instead, it’s the struggles of a Vikings rushing defense that allowed 206 yards and 5.3 yards per carry against the 49ers.

The Vikings could get Michael Pierce (elbow) and Dalvin Tomlinson (COVID-19) back for this game but they haven’t made much of a difference. On the season, the Vikings rank third with 134.4 rushing yards allowed per game and lead the league with 4.9 yards allowed per carry.

This creates a similar scenario to what the Vikings had last week. If they get off to a slow start this week, Detroit could try to pound the rock to stage an upset bid.