Detroit’s offense is very one-dimensional
Minnesota’s last five opponents have been the 49ers, Packers, Chargers, Ravens, and Cowboys. Each of those offenses is known for being able to create big plays and frustrate teams by lighting up the scoreboard.
Detroit is the opposite of that, especially against the pass. They are averaging only 6.2 yards per pass attempt (second worst), have thrown 10 touchdowns (tied for third-worst), and have three plays that went for 40 yards or more this season (tied for last).
The Lions fare better on the ground but will be without their starting running back, D’Andre Swift. Instead, it will be Jamaal Williams and Jermar Jefferson who will likely be handling duties in the backfield.
Even though the Minnesota Vikings defense will be missing some players due to injury, they should be able to keep this a low-scoring game by containing the run and forcing Jared Goff’s arm to beat the secondary.