What a difference a week can make.
After last Sunday’s 36-27 victory over the Washington Commanders, the Detroit Lions seem to have a whole new outlook on the 2022 season.
At 1-1 but tied for the second-most points in the NFL, Detroit could be on the verge of a breakout season.
However, to really know what the Lions can be, they need to succeed on the road.
That’s what awaits the Lions this week as they travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Despite the local buzz, the Lions are still big underdogs in Week 3.
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Although Detroit looked impressive against Washington, chances want the Lions to see what they can do on the road.
In the Week 3 matchup, most online Michigan bookies have Detroit as a 6-point underdog against the Vikings.
In most books, the over/under for the game is 52.5 points.
So far in the 2022 season, Detroit has covered the spread in both of its games. Minnesota enters Sunday’s contest 1-1 overall and 1-1 against the spread. The Vikings lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 24-7 on Monday night.
Minnesota has definitely had a Detroit score in its history. The Vikings are 79-40-2 against the Lions in this rivalry. However, the Lions have been covered in the last three meetings with Minnesota.
Lions are trying to heal
Entering last Sunday’s game, the Lions’ biggest concern was injuries along the offensive line. Halapulivaati Vaitai, Frank Ragnau and Jonah Jackson were out with injuries, but Detroit still managed 191 yards rushing and 425 yards on a makeshift line.
Starting cornerback Amani Oruwarye also missed last week’s game with a back injury. Both he and Ragnow have returned to training this week, which bodes well for their chances of playing on Sunday.
Vaitai was listed as injured, while Jackson did not practice Wednesday or Thursday and could miss Sunday’s game.
The Lions could also be without rookie defensive end Aidan Hutchinson. After coming off a three-sack game last Sunday, Hutchinson missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a hip injury.
Detroit could certainly use a pass rush against Kirk Cousins, who has the ability to pick apart pass defenses.
Oruvarieh’s return will help counter Minnesota wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who many consider to be the league’s best receiver. Jefferson has 15 catches for 232 yards and two touchdowns in two games this season.
In two games against the Lions last season, Jefferson caught 18 passes for 306 yards and a touchdown.
St. Brown aspires to NFL, Lions record
Second-year Detroit wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown has a chance to make NFL history on Sunday.
Last week, Brown became the third receiver in league history to record at least eight receptions in eight consecutive games. He joined Antonio Brown and Michael Thomas as the only players to do so.
Against Minnesota, St. Brown will look to catch at least eight passes in nine straight games.
St. Brown’s streak actually began against the Vikings in last year’s home win over Minnesota. He caught 10 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.
St. Brown has also caught a touchdown pass in six straight games, matching the Detroit Lions franchise record. Both Herman Moore and Leon Hart were able to achieve this mark.
DraftKings Sportsbook currently has St. Brown at +135 to score a touchdown on Sunday and set a new Lions rushing record.
Bets still favor Detroit
The Lions are heavily backed in Sunday’s match.
According to BetMGM Michigan, Detroit gets 80 percent of bets (total bets) and 85 percent of handles (total money) with points against Minnesota.
The Lions also receive 90 percent of bets and 91 percent of handles in the moneyline market for the match. BetMGM has Detroit +200 to win (bet $100 to win $200).
On DraftKings, the Lions are getting 72 percent of the odds and 77 percent of the 6-point underdog.
After the Week 1 loss, BetMGM has Detroit rated +400 to make the playoffs. After rebounding to beat Washington, their odds moved to +290.
Detroit remains the biggest playoff bet on BetMGM this season. With bets in this market, the Lions are 95 percent of the odds and 97 percent of the money to make the postseason.
An away win on Sunday would likely improve those odds even further.
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