Minnesota will allow another touchdown in the final two minutes of the first half
This isn’t even a bold prediction but it’s worth mentioning. According to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin, the Vikings have allowed 66 points in the final two minutes of a half, which is the most in the NFL.
At this point, it’s impossible to tell why the Vikings are hellbent on hemorrhaging points before halftime. It could be the offense that sputters at inopportune times. It could also be the brutal clock management that saw the Vikings take all three timeouts into the half in last week’s loss to the 49ers.
But it could also be an undermanned defense that has been asked to be too aggressive in this situation. With Patrick Peterson likely out due to COVID-19, the Lions could be able to move the ball when they choose to be aggressive.
It’s another aspect that could make this game closer than it should be.