It’s time to ground and pound
Being without Dalvin Cook will be tough for Minnesota, but the combination of the powerful Alexander Mattison and speedy Kene Nwangwu should be able to get enough done on the ground to keep the Lions’ defense honest.
Detroit can’t afford to sell out against the run. They already have terrible stats against the pass as stated in the previous reason Minnesota will win, but the Lions have the dubious honor of giving up the fourth-most rushing yardage so far this season at 1,473 and have given up the sixth most running plays 40 yards or more (8).
Statistically, the Vikings offense should be able to grind out the game after Minnesota puts the game out of reach. However, having Mike Zimmer take this approach is something that has put his team in bad situations in the past, so hopefully, he stays aggressive during the game.
It will be exciting to see Nwangwu on offense. His speed and agility have been on display as a kick returner and now if he can show those types of skills out of the backfield, he might earn himself a much bigger role going forward.
Do you think the Minnesota Vikings will be able to defeat the Detroit Lions without much trouble? Or will the game be another contest that goes down to the wire and needs last-second heroics? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.