3 best prop bets for Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions in Week 3

(Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports) Kirk Cousins /

Which Minnesota Vikings prop bets have the best chance to become winners when the team takes on the Detroit Lions in Week 3?

When they take the field inside U.S. Bank Stadium for a Week 3 matchup against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings will be looking to prove that they are a much better team than what they looked like last Monday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

This weekend’s NFC North contest is an opportunity for the Vikings to get back on track, but they’ll have to beat a feisty Lions team that has one of the highest-scoring offenses in the NFL this season.

When it comes to making wagers on the action in the Twin Cities on Sunday, what are some of the prop bets that have the best chance of hitting?

Best Minnesota Vikings prop bets for Week 3 vs. the Detroit Lions

Kirk Cousins Prop Bet:

  • UNDER 275.5 passing yards (-114)

Detroit’s defense has not been very good this year against the pass as they’re allowing an average of 273.5 yards through the air so far. One might think this weekend’s matchup presents a great opportunity for Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins to throw for a ton of yards, but recent history says that might not be the case.

In his last three games against the Lions inside U.S. Bank Stadium, Cousins threw for an average of 246 yards. So far this season, he’s averaging 249 passing yards per contest. Hit that under.

Justin Jefferson Prop Bet:

  • OVER 98.5 receiving yards (-114)

Now, we might have just told you to make a wager on Cousins throwing for less than 276 yards on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean Justin Jefferson can’t have a big day. Whatever amount of passing yards Cousins has, most of them are likely going to end up with Jefferson on the receiving end, especially against Detroit.

In two games against the Lions last season, Jefferson racked up an average of 153 receiving yards in each contest. Combine this with the fact that he’s averaged 106.7 receiving yards in games inside U.S. Bank Stadium since he entered the NFL in 2020 and this seems like an easy bet to make.

Vikings Prop Bet:

  • UNDER 3.5 total touchdowns (-124)

With the talent possessed by the skill-position players on their roster, Minnesota was expected to have a much better offense under new head coach Kevin O’Connell this season. It’s early still, but so far the Vikings’ offense hasn’t lived up to its potential.

Until they prove otherwise, we shouldn’t expect Minnesota to find the end zone at least four times on Sunday.

(All odds are courtesy of the FanDuel Sportsbook.)

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