3 reasons why the Minnesota Vikings will beat the Detroit Lions in Week 16

Minnesota Vikings pass rusher Danielle Hunter
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2. Ty Chandler will rush for over 100 yards again

The Vikings saw their run game become effective for what seemed like the first time all season last Saturday.

Ty Chandler had already been doing a great job with the snaps he's been given this year, but last week, he showed he's more than just a part-time player.

For Vikings quarterback Nick Mullins to have a better chance of helping his team get a victory on, he will need an effective run game.

If it weren't for Mullens' two terrible interceptions, Minnesota probably would have left Cincinnati with a win last week.

Chandler gave them a chance in last weekend's game against the Bengals.

Even though the Vikings didn't win, Chandler was the main producer for his team on offense.

The offense run by Minnesota head coach Kevin O'Connell is at its best when the team is able to find success with play-action passes.

After his performance last week, Chandler could cause the Lions to sell out for the run on Sunday, which should then open up opportunities in the passing game for Mullins.

Detroit hasn't defended the run as well in the last few weeks as they would have liked, so this presents an opportunity for Chandler to have another big game.

If the Vikings want to have a good chance at winning on Sunday, they can't rely solely on their playmakers like Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison, and T.J. Hockinson.

Minnesota needs Chandler to be a big contributor this weekend as well.

Expect to see a lot of outside runs with Chandler on Sunday, as well as the Vikings lining him up outside as a receiver in obvious passing situations.

Even with Alexander Mattison potentially returning this week, expect Chandler to finish with stats similar to what we saw from him against Cincinnati.