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NFL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 11/23/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore




MINNESOTA (8 - 2) at DETROIT (6 - 4)
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Week 12 Thursday, 11/23/2017 12:30 PM
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-2+5.87-35-524.112.0372.5(5.7)
Road Games3-1+22-22-225.011.5329.5(5.1)
Last 3 Games3-0+33-02-131.715.7410.7(5.9)1.017.712.3308.0(5.1)1.3
Dome Games5-1+3.85-13-323.512.3401.2(6.1)
Division Games2-1+0.81-20-316.78.0311.7(5)1.713.75.0250.7(4.2)1.7
MINNESOTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.611.418.730:0927-110(4.1)21-3363.1%223(6.7)60-333(5.5)(15.4)
Offense Road Games25.011.519.530:5729-110(3.8)22-3563.4%219(6.2)64-329(5.1)(13.2)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.911.219.530:1327-108(4)22-3562.8%230(6.7)61-338(5.5)(14.8)
Defense Road Games22.211.519.529:0327-103(3.8)20-3557.1%216(6.2)62-320(5.1)(14.4)
MINNESOTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.61.61.813-538.8%1-047.1%2-38(21.5)17-2(8.9)7-57
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-428.6%1-158.3%3-69(23.7)1-5(4.6)6-53
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.71.5 13-537.3%1-052.7%2-40(22.5)17-2(8.6)6-54
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-428.8%2-157.1%3-78(23.9)2-9(4.4)6-54

DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-4+2.45-47-327.112.6338.4(5.6)1.223.413.2354.6(5.8)1.9
Home Games2-3-1.22-34-127.612.2352.0(6)0.824.813.4380.8(5.9)2.2
Last 3 Games3-0+32-03-031.717.3371.3(6.7)1.021.710.0374.0(6)1.0
Dome Games3-4-0.93-45-227.110.6336.9(5.5)1.326.115.0366.7(5.8)2.4
Division Games3-0+3.32-02-123.712.7340.0(5.6)0.716.09.0331.0(5.9)1.3
DETROIT - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)27.112.618.930:4224-81(3.4)23-3663.1%258(7.2)60-338(5.6)(12.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.310.818.530:0226-102(3.9)21-3463.5%219(6.5)60-321(5.4)(15.1)
Offense Home Games27.612.219.228:2920-76(3.7)24-3863.0%276(7.2)59-352(6)(12.8)
Defense (All Games)23.413.220.229:1826-114(4.4)22-3562.9%240(6.9)61-355(5.8)(15.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.20.810.419.830:2627-111(4.1)22-3562.7%228(6.6)62-339(5.5)(16.3)
Defense Home Games24.813.421.831:3127-100(3.7)23-3762.0%281(7.5)65-381(5.9)(15.4)
DETROIT - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-435.5%1-158.3%3-57(21)2-10(6.6)7-58
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.61.7 13-539.0%1-046.6%2-41(21.2)13-2(6.9)6-55
Stats Against (Home Games) 14-642.0%1-1100.0%2-36(19.9)1-12(10.3)7-64
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 21.1,  DETROIT 20.4
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/24/2017TAMPA BAY34-17W-1W41O37-12525-33-36909-2628-40-3163
10/9/2017@ CHICAGO20-17W-3.5L41U31-15922-32-141029-11513-26-1592
10/15/2017GREEN BAY23-10W3W46.5U33-11224-38-239224-7220-37-1553
11/12/2017@ WASHINGTON38-30W0W42.5O31-10221-29-304227-8126-45-3131
11/19/2017LA RAMS24-7W-2W46U35-17127-38-280017-4523-37-2091
11/23/2017@ DETROIT            
12/3/2017@ ATLANTA            
12/10/2017@ CAROLINA            
12/23/2017@ GREEN BAY            

DETROIT - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/1/2017@ MINNESOTA14-7W3W43.5U31-9719-31-154022-8716-30-1973
10/15/2017@ NEW ORLEANS38-52L5L50O19-6625-52-281537-19321-31-1863
11/6/2017@ GREEN BAY30-17W-2.5W42.5O33-6426-33-353117-7826-38-2330
11/19/2017@ CHICAGO27-24W-3T40.5O24-6521-31-287130-22218-30-1761
12/3/2017@ BALTIMORE            
12/10/2017@ TAMPA BAY            
MINNESOTA: No team had a more glaring weakness in one unit than the Vikings did at offensive line last season. Free agent OTs Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers are huge upgrades. QB Sam Bradford is an accurate-but-conservative passer, and while his WR group is weak, maybe improved blocking will allow him to make more big plays. Rookie RB Dalvin Cook is a special talent who should be the focal point of the offense before long. DEs Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen and Brian Robison combined for 28 sacks last season on the league's 3rd ranked defense, while DTs Linval Joseph and Shariff Floyd are space-eaters in the run game. In the secondary, S Harrison Smith and CB Xavier Rhodes are among the top performers at their positions, the latter allowing a league-best 42% completion percentage and 39.2 QB Rating on passes thrown his way last year.
DETROIT: QB Matthew Stafford was playing at an MVP level before injuring his throwing hand in Week 14, leading Detroit to a record eight comeback victories. His supporting cast is mediocre, as WRs Marvin Jones and Golden Tate are better suited to ancillary roles and TE Eric Ebron is still a work in progress. RBs Ameer Abdullah and Zach Zenner are a lackluster pair of runners, though Theo Riddick is one the league's top pass-catching RBs. Detroit's defense struggled mightily against the pass, allowing the highest opponent QB Rating and recording the third-fewest sacks. DE Kerry Hyder performed well last season while DE Ziggy Ansah posted a career-low two sacks after amassing 30 in his first three seasons. The secondary and linebacking groups are also thin on production, though first-round draft pick LB Jarrad Davis could be a difference maker up the middle.
Lions look to continue Thanksgiving Day feast vs. Vikings

For a long time, the Detroit Lions regularly embarrassed themselves on Thanksgiving Day. Their annual tradition showcased how downtrodden the franchise had become.

Lately, though, the Lions have become unbeatable on the holiday stage. They have won four straight Thanksgiving Day games at Ford Field, helping them to make the playoffs in two of those seasons.

"Playing meaningful football on Thanksgiving is a whole lot of fun," quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "This year should be no different. Any time you win on Thanksgiving, it's a blast. The turkey tastes a whole lot better."

The Lions, who lost nine straight games on Thanksgiving prior to the streak, need another victory this Thursday to have any realistic hope of catching the streaking Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. Minnesota (8-2), which has won six straight, holds a two-game lead over second-place Detroit (6-4).

The division rivals face each other on Thanksgiving for the second straight season.

Over the past four seasons, the Lions have grinded out numerous low-scoring wins over the Vikings. Detroit, which carries a three-game winning streak into Thursday's contest, has won five of the last seven meetings. The Lions have defeated the Vikings three straight times despite scoring a combined four touchdowns.

They won at Minnesota in overtime last season 22-16, then used three Matt Prater field goals to squeak out a 16-13 victory last Thanksgiving. Prater drilled two more in a 14-7 win at Minnesota on Oct. 1. Detroit recovered three fumbles that afternoon.

"We haven't scored enough points," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "We had 16, 13 twice and kicked a 60-yard field goal once. Last (time) 14-7. We turned the ball over three times last game and we got in the red zone and haven't converted."

The Vikings haven't lost since, despite rookie running back Dalvin Cook sustaining a season-ending knee injury that day. Case Keenum has seized the quarterback job and become one of the league's most efficient passers.

Keenum has completed 68.2 percent of his attempts over the last three games, including seven touchdowns, while getting picked off just three times.

"We're doing a good job protecting," Zimmer said. "We're changing our protections and he's doing a good job moving in the pocket. He's getting the ball to the right place. The thing I like the most about Case is he's got big (guts). He's not afraid. He's going to pull the trigger and play like that. That's a good thing."

Minnesota's defense has been just as solid. It held down the high-powered Los Angeles Rams attack in a 24-7 win on Sunday. The Rams gained just 45 yards on 17 carries.

The Vikings can take a stranglehold on the division if they keep the streak going. A Detroit win would not only pull it within a game of the lead but also clinch the tiebreaker with the Vikings.

"They're a very good team. They're on a roll," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. "We're not worried about ramifications. We're not worried about all of the build up and things of that nature. We're worried about how we play, and that's what our goal is -- to get focused in on our preparation, and get ready to play a tough, hard-fought game."

Caldwell's club had a rough time with Chicago before pulling out a 27-24 victory on Sunday. Prater kicked a go-ahead, 52-yard field goal with 1:35 remaining and Bears kicker Connor Barth missed a potential tying field goal try in the closing seconds.

Thanks to Detroit's pedestrian rushing attack, Stafford has continued to carry the offensive load. He's completed 63.1 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns while getting picked off just five times.

The Lions have averaged 31.7 points during the three-game winning streak with Stafford throwing seven touchdown passes. He's been brilliant the past five Thanksgiving games, with 13 touchdown tosses compared to two interceptions.

"Big arm, a lot of mobility, makes a lot of plays for his team," Vikings safety Anthony Harris said. "He's not afraid to put it up there and give his receivers an opportunity to come down with it."

The Lions could have defensive end Ziggy Ansah available after he missed the Bears game with a back injury. Top kick returner Jamal Agnew (knee) and running back Dwayne Washington (hip) missed practice on Tuesday.

Vikings offensive tackle Mike Remmers remains in the league's concussion protocol.

Last Updated: 12/16/2018 2:02:47 PM EST

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