Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions best bets for Week 3

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What are the best bets for the NFC North showdown between the Minnesota Vikings and the up-and-coming Detroit Lions on Sunday?

Things didn’t end very well for the Minnesota Vikings in their last meeting with the Detroit Lions. The Vikings wound up on the losing end of a Week 13 matchup against the Lions last season thanks to a last-second touchdown by Detroit.

On Sunday, Minnesota will be out for revenge against the Lions. But unlike their last meeting, this weekend’s contest will take place inside U.S. Bank Stadium in front of a crowd that is expected to make life extremely difficult for Detroit’s offense.

When it comes to placing bets on Sunday’s action, what are some of the best wagers to make on Week 3’s NFC North battle between the Vikings and Lions?

Best bets for Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions in Week 3

Best Bet No. 1:

  • Kirk Cousins UNDER 36.5 pass attempts (-122)

Last week, Kirk Cousins threw the ball 46 times. In his previous 11 games, dating back to last season, Cousins averaged 32.2 pass attempts per contest. Since joining Minnesota in 2018, the veteran quarterback has also never attempted more than 34 passes in a single game against Detroit in four matchups played inside U.S. Bank Stadium.

Best Bet No. 2:

  • Dalvin Cook any time touchdown scorer (-180)

This will actually be the first time that the Vikings will have Dalvin Cook in the lineup for a meeting with the Lions since Week 9 of the 2020 season. This is good news for Minnesota since Cook has performed very well in his career when facing Detroit.

In his last three games against the Lions, dating back to the 2019 season, the Vikings running back has scored a total of five touchdowns. So the chances of Cook finding the end zone on Sunday seem very high.

Best Bet No. 3:

  • Vikings (-260) over the Lions

The point spread for this weekend’s game has Minnesota favored by six points over Detroit, and given that this is a divisional matchup that had a victory margin of two points in both meetings last season, that spread seems a little too large for the Vikings to cover.

However, Minnesota has won their last four over Detroit in games inside U.S. Bank Stadium, so take the Vikings moneyline if you think they’ll come out on top this week.

(All odds via FanDuel Sportsbook)

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