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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 12/23/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
MINNESOTA
 
DETROIT
-6  

+6  
-230

+190

41.5
 
27
Final
9

MINNESOTA (7 - 6 - 1) at DETROIT (5 - 9)
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Week 16 Sunday, 12/23/2018 1:00 PM
Board OpenLatest
115MINNESOTA-5-6.5
116DETROIT4343.5
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfYardsYPPTOScoreHalfYardsYPPTO
All Games7-6+2.47-66-823.110.6358.9(5.8)1.422.012.1314.4(5.4)1.4
Road Games2-4-1.62-44-322.48.7348.4(5.7)1.325.011.7369.6(5.9)1.6
Last 3 Games1-2-11-21-219.39.3324.0(5.7)1.320.77.7312.7(5.3)0.7
Dome Games5-2+45-22-523.712.6369.4(6)1.619.012.4259.1(4.9)1.3
Division Games2-1+12-22-224.29.5361.7(6.1)1.520.012.7280.5(4.6)1.2
MINNESOTA - Current Season Statistics
 RushingPassingTotal
 PPGHalfFDTOPATT-YDSYPRCMP-ATTPCTYDSPYAATT-YDSYPPYPPT
Offense (All Games)23.110.620.130:0722-95(4.2)27-3970.5%264(6.8)61-359(5.8)(15.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.612.120.330:0426-115(4.5)22-3464.6%238(6.9)60-353(5.9)(15)
Offense Road Games22.48.719.129:5519-69(3.7)30-4369.8%280(6.6)61-348(5.7)(15.5)
Defense (All Games)22.012.119.230:3627-111(4.1)20-3163.1%203(6.5)58-314(5.4)(14.3)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.411.820.130:2226-115(4.4)21-3463.7%230(6.8)60-345(5.7)(14.7)
Defense Road Games25.011.722.331:3129-125(4.3)22-3464.0%245(7.3)63-370(5.9)(14.8)
MINNESOTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
 INTFLTODIFF#-MADEPCT#-MADEPCTKR-YDSYPKRPR-YDSYPPRPEN-YDS
Stats For (All Games)0.70.71.40.013-537.8%1-150.0%1-35(24.4)2-22(11.2)6-48
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.80.51.41.513-537.7%1-156.0%2-45(23.7)16-2(8.8)6-56
Stats For (Road Games)0.70.61.30.313-434.4%1-162.5%2-45(28.5)2-15(9.6)5-48
Stats Against (All Games)0.90.61.4 11-328.7%1-153.3%2-48(23.2)2-12(7.2)6-48
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.70.61.3 13-536.9%1-154.6%2-45(23.3)15-2(8.2)7-56
Stats Against (Road Games)1.00.61.6 11-432.1%1-166.7%3-62(24.3)2-10(5.7)6-49

DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfYardsYPPTOScoreHalfYardsYPPTO
All Games5-9-4.58-66-820.310.0329.4(5.5)1.423.810.9346.1(6.1)0.9
Home Games3-4-1.53-42-520.010.6328.6(5.4)1.925.910.0355.3(6.2)1.4
Last 3 Games1-2-12-10-315.36.3280.3(5)1.015.76.7311.7(5)1.0
Dome Games4-5-1.54-52-718.49.2303.0(5)1.723.19.7338.8(6)1.4
Division Games1-3-21-32-219.511.0277.7(4.6)1.526.013.0367.5(6.6)1.5
DETROIT - Current Season Statistics
 RushingPassingTotal
 PPGHalfFDTOPATT-YDSYPRCMP-ATTPCTYDSPYAATT-YDSYPPYPPT
Offense (All Games)20.310.020.230:6024-103(4.2)24-3666.5%226(6.4)60-329(5.5)(16.2)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.111.42030:1326-113(4.4)22-3464.3%231(6.7)60-344(5.7)(14.9)
Offense Home Games20.010.620.630:3524-90(3.8)24-3863.9%238(6.3)61-329(5.4)(16.4)
Defense (All Games)23.810.920.729:0026-115(4.5)20-3166.1%231(7.5)56-346(6.1)(14.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.2311.819.930:1627-118(4.4)21-3363.7%225(6.7)60-343(5.7)(14.9)
Defense Home Games25.910.020.429:2525-111(4.4)21-3264.9%245(7.6)57-355(6.2)(13.7)
DETROIT - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
 INTFLTODIFF#-MADEPCT#-MADEPCTKR-YDSYPKRPR-YDSYPPRPEN-YDS
Stats For (All Games)0.90.51.4-0.413-536.0%1-164.3%1-31(24.1)1-9(6.1)6-54
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.61.51.813-537.2%1-156.1%2-41(24.2)16-2(8.6)6-55
Stats For (Home Games)1.40.41.9-0.413-536.4%1-025.0%1-18(25.4)1-10(7.9)5-43
Stats Against (All Games)0.40.50.9 11-438.2%1-161.5%2-48(22.5)2-23(12)6-55
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.51.4 13-537.1%1-152.3%2-42(23)17-2(9.1)6-55
Stats Against (Home Games)0.60.91.4 11-439.0%1-162.5%2-46(21.7)2-30(15.1)6-64
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 19.5,  DETROIT 18.9
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/URushingPassingTORushingPassingTO
10/28/2018NEW ORLEANS20-30L2.5L54U22-8531-41-338229-10619-24-1641
11/4/2018DETROIT24-9W-5W47U23-12818-22-155224-6625-36-1431
11/18/2018@ CHICAGO20-25L3L44O14-2230-46-246339-14820-31-1603
11/25/2018GREEN BAY24-17W-3.5W48.5U29-9129-38-325019-8217-28-1721
12/2/2018@ NEW ENGLAND10-24L5.5L50.5U13-9532-44-183239-16024-32-3111
12/10/2018@ SEATTLE7-21L3L45.5U21-7720-33-199142-21410-20-601
12/16/2018MIAMI41-17W-8W45O40-22014-21-198120-15611-24-370
12/23/2018@ DETROIT            
12/30/2018CHICAGO            

DETROIT - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/URushingPassingTORushingPassingTO
10/28/2018SEATTLE14-28L-3L48U13-3427-40-297342-17614-17-2370
11/4/2018@ MINNESOTA9-24L5L47U24-6625-36-143123-12818-22-1552
11/11/2018@ CHICAGO22-34L7L44.5O24-7625-42-229322-5423-30-3480
11/18/2018CAROLINA20-19W4W48U26-9423-37-215016-5625-38-3311
11/22/2018CHICAGO16-23L3L43U24-11128-38-222215-3828-38-2261
12/2/2018LA RAMS16-30L10L54U26-10220-34-208229-14917-33-1952
12/9/2018@ ARIZONA17-3W-3W40.5U31-12215-23-96121-6126-41-2181
12/16/2018@ BUFFALO13-14L3W39.5U26-10522-29-208037-11713-26-1950
12/23/2018MINNESOTA            
12/30/2018@ GREEN BAY            
KEY GAME INFORMATION
MINNESOTA: Minnesota believes they upgraded their offense by signing QB Kirk Cousins. Expert coordinator Pat Shurmur is gone, though John DeFilippo (considered future-head-coach material in NFL circles) was a great hire to replace him. WRs Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen developed into a lethal duo, both excelling as route-runners and in contest-catch situations. RB Dalvin Cook looked like a star before tearing his ACL in Week 4 of his rookie campaign. You wouldn't have known it from the NFC Championship Game, but Minnesota had the league's best defense last season. They led the NFL in scoring (15.8 points per game) and 3rd-down conversion rate (25%). S Harrison Smith, CB Xavier Rhodes and LBs Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks are among the top performers at their positions. Up front, DEs Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter combined for 20 sacks last season.
DETROIT: QB Matthew Stafford can play at MVP level even with a weak supporting cast. WR Marvin Jones has developed into an impressive big-play, contested-catch weapon while Golden Tate is an explosive run-and-catch threat. Detroit invested heavily in their perrenially weak running game by signing RB LeGarrett Blount and spending early draft picks on C Frank Ragnow and RB Kerryon Johnson. Perhaps Stafford will finally have a decent RB to turn to. Aside from All-Pro CB Darius Slay, Detroit's defense underperformed in 2017. DE Ziggy Ansah continues to frustrate with his inconsistent play (he had three three-sack games last season, but disappeared in most others). ILB Jarrad Davis should take a step forward in his second season anchoring the defense, though the free agency losses of DT Haloti Ngata and LB Tahir Whitehead may take their toll.
PREVIEW
Vikings look to continue blitzing Lions' Stafford
 

After having to retool his blitz package because other teams have caught on to it and emulated it, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he's had to make adjustments as the season went on.

Zimmer again has opposing quarterbacks running for safety while Minnesota's pass defense is wreaking weekly havoc. Entering Sunday's game at Detroit, the Vikings lead the league with 47 sacks. It's already the most in one season for Minnesota since Zimmer took over as head coach in 2014.

"As the season's gone on, we've changed a few up," Zimmer said of his blitz packages. "There were a couple, maybe four or five (last week) that we haven't really shown much of. It's part of the game-plan thing, just seeing what we feel like what we can do and how we can attack certain players. Sometimes it's just we're going to do this blitz so that we can throw some of these chips off the defensive ends."

Detroit knows all about the pressure the Vikings can bring. Minnesota battered Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford when the two teams met in November, with the Vikings registering a franchise-record 10 sacks.

Minnesota posted nine sacks of Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill last week, becoming just the second team since 1990 and the seventh since the 1970 merger to have at least nine sacks in two games of a season.

"We're just playing more aggressive," linebacker Anthony Barr said. "I think we know our backs are against the wall. I think we play best in those situations, when we know we have to have it. I think we've definitely reached a new level the last few weeks, and hopefully we can keep that momentum riding."

The Vikings are fourth in the league in total defense, giving up just 314.3 yards per game. Minnesota has given up just 180 gross yards passing the past two games, a glaring total in this year's pass-happy NFL.

And that's before accounting for the sacks, 11 coming in the past two games. Minnesota gave up 37 net passing yards to Miami and 60 against Seattle.

One new wrinkle has been using Barr more as a pass rusher. He's had his only three sacks of the season in the past two games, including two last week.

"Yeah, always extra attention," Barr said. "I think protection turns to me a lot and that allows other people to get matchups, favorable matchups. I'm all for that. It is what it is. The scouting report is out. Teams know what we like to do. They know what I do well. We try and combat that."

It's hard for opponents to account for what Zimmer can bring every down.

Defensive end Danielle Hunter is second in the league with 14.5 sacks. Everson Griffen has been one of the top pass rushers in the league since becoming a full-time starter and has 4.5 sacks despite missing five games. Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson has 4.5 sacks in his first season in Minnesota.

And then there's cornerback Mackensie Alexander, the added element many opponents aren't ready for when he makes a surprise run at the quarterback from his nickel spot. Alexander has four sacks this season, a single-season team record for a defensive back.

"I think it adds an extra problem for them," Hunter said. "We got us up front and then we got Barr. And sometimes they'll be focused on us five and then Mackensie comes up free. So, we've got guys on all levels that are just able to go out there and be able to rush the quarterback."

Stafford has faced Minnesota 17 times in his career, one fewer than his matchups with Chicago and one more than he's faced Green Bay. Stafford has been on the turf much more against the Vikings.

Minnesota has sacked Stafford 61 times in the 17 games, an average of 3.6 times per game. The Bears have got Stafford on the ground 46 times in the 18 contests.

The Lions officially fell out of playoff contention with last Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Bills, but first-year head coach Matt Patricia said he won't change his message to players at all over the final two weeks.

"Obviously the playoffs are, that's the goal and that's what you're shooting for every single week," Patricia said. "The thing that's different, I think, is that every week you don't walk into the room and talk about playoffs. You just kind of walk in and talk about the game that week and what you need to do to get ready to prepare and try to win and the opponent coming up and all the stuff.

"In the end, you hope that all of it works its way out. If you take care of your business, then it usually does. In this situation, obviously a little bit different, because that is the reality of where we are in the season."

The Lions are 5-9 with two games to play and in danger of having their first double-digit-loss season since 2012. They're staring at a likely top-10 draft pick, and potentially an offseason of major change as offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter's job could be in jeopardy.

Cooter said this week that he and Patricia have a "very good" working relationship, but the Lions have underachieved on offense, and Stafford -- who was Cooter's biggest champion last winter -- has regressed at quarterback.

Patricia said he wants to wait until the end of the season to take stock in what went wrong this year, but while his defense has improved steadily as the year has gone on, the offense has struggled more and more each week.


Last Updated: 1/18/2019 5:19:41 PM EST


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