Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions early prediction and odds for Week 14
By Adam Patrick
Despite having a 10-2 record, the Minnesota Vikings are surprisingly entering their Week 14 matchup against the Detroit Lions as underdogs.
Following their most recent win of the 2022 season, the Minnesota Vikings are currently sitting with a 10-2 record for the first time since 2017. Up next on the schedule for the Vikings is a road trip to Michigan to take on the 5-7 Detroit Lions in Week 14.
After losing six of their first seven games this season, the Lions are playing much better recently, as they are 4-1 in their last five matchups. However, only one of Detroit’s last four victories came against a team that currently has a winning record (New York Giants in Week 11).
Will Minnesota be able to slow down the Lions this Sunday, or will Detroit pull off the upset over their NFC North rival?
Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions odds Week 14
- Vikings +2.5 (-110)
- Lions -2.5 (-110)
- Vikings +114
- Lions -134
- 53.5 points
- Over -110
- Under -110
(Odds via FanDuel)
Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions prediction Week 14
If you’re shocked by the odds above, you’re not alone. There is no reason why a 5-7 team should be favored over a 10-2 team, but oddsmakers in Las Vegas are likely just trying to make sure they have the advantage this weekend.
Three of the last four meetings between these two division rivals have been decided by just two points, and the other contest was only a four-point victory by the Vikings.
So even if people believe the Lions are going to come out on top, they would have to win by at least three points to cover the spread. Considering Detroit hasn’t won a matchup against Minnesota by more than two points since 2017, that’s quite the risk to take.
Despite oddsmakers not favoring the Vikings in this contest, FiveThirtyEight still has Minnesota with a 61 percent chance to win on Sunday, and ESPN’s Matchup Predictor has the purple and gold with a 56.8 percent chance to come away with a victory.
We should expect this Week 14 contest to be a close one, but the Vikings have been the better team all season long, and that should remain the same against the Lions on Sunday.
Prediction: Vikings win
(Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.)