5 bold Minnesota Vikings predictions for Week 16 vs. the Detroit Lions

Minnesota Vikings running back Ty Chandler
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5. The Lions will clinch the NFC North title in Minneapolis

The Vikings are doing their best to provide a home-field atmosphere this weekend. But they might want to open the gates and spray fake snow on the field to slow down the Lions on Sunday.

Detroit has thrived in its eight indoor games this season, posting a 6-2 record while averaging 36 points per game. While the Lions are 4-2 in outdoor games this season, they’ve only averaged 23.5 points in those six games, amounting to a natural kryptonite for Campbell’s team.

It’s also interesting to consider that Minnesota hasn’t played as well at home this season as they have on the road. The Vikings are just 2-4 and averaging 20 points per game at U.S. Bank Stadium this year.

With Detroit likely to turn this game into a track meet, Minnesota won’t have enough firepower to keep up, which will put their season on the brink heading into next week’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

Prediction: Lions win 34-20