The 8-2 Minnesota Vikings will travel to Detroit to take on the 6-4 Lions in the first of 3 Thanksgiving games. Both teams enter this contest on winning streaks, which were extended by impressive wins last week. Minnesota played great on both sides of the ball for their sixth win in a row as they dominated the Los Angeles Rams 24-7 at home. The Rams are the highest scoring team in the league and averaged over 35 points per game in their last 4 before getting shut down by the Vikings. Detroit overcame a 10-0 Chicago lead to beat the bears 27-24 on the road. It was their 3rd win in a row and they are now 3-0 against NFC north opponents. These two teams met in week 4 where Detroit shut the Vikings down winning 14-7 in Minnesota.

Case Keenum played solidly for the Vikings as he finished with a quarterback rating of 76.5. He completed 27 of 38 passes for 280 yards 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Adam Thielen who had 6 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. They had a lot of success running the ball gaining 171 yards on 35 carries. Latavius Murray led the team with 95 yards and 2 touchdowns on 15 carries. For the year, the Vikings offense has averaged 24 points and 380 yards per game. Defensively, they limited the rams to just 270 yards of offense and recovered a fumble. They also sacked Jared Goff twice and 6 tackles for losses. They also shut- down the run game the Rams gained just 45 yards on 17 carries.

Matthew Stafford finished with a passer rating of 120 as he completed 21 of 31 passes for 299 yards 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Marvin Jones Jr. who had 4 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. They struggled running the ball as they gained just 65 yards on 24 carries which is an average of 2.7 yards per run. Defensively, they had no answer for the Bears run game. Chicago gained 222 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 30 carries. They sacked Mitchell Trubisky once and recovered a fumble. They also allowed six different Bears receivers to make catches that gained at least 13 yards. On the season, Detroit has allowed their opponents to score 23.4 points and gain 368 yards per game.

Detroit will home field advantage for this game and are 2.5 - point underdogs. They have gone 5-4-1 against the spread including 2-3 at home. Defensive End Ezekiel Ansah missed his second game last week and has been ruled out for this week’s game. Minnesota has gone 7-3 against the spread including 5-1 at home. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes suffered a calf injury last week and did not return, and his status is questionable for this game. This game has significant playoff implications as these 2 teams sit in first and second place in the AFC north.

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