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

Minnesota Vikings pass rusher Danielle Hunter
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3. Kevin O’Connell will take anything “conservative” out of his gameplan

Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell has faced criticism during the past few weeks in regards to his ability to finish games.

It has appeared that O'Connell has heavily relied on Minnesota's defense to seal the deal ever since quarterback Kirk Cousins went down with a season-ending injury back in Week 8.

However, the importance of the Vikings' upcoming game against the Lions will push O'Connell to use all the tricks up his sleeve to secure a win, even if it means running up the score.

Losing Sunday's matchup to Detroit could be disastrous for Minnesota's playoff chances this year, especially with a tough game against the Green Bay Packers on the horizon.

If O'Connell can overcome his self-doubt, the Vikings should be able to pose a significant threat to the Lions this weekend.