The Detroit Lions are heading into the fifth week of the season, still searching for their first season. The Lions and Dan Campbell are still working through things, but this is a rebuilding year, so it’s going to take time.
Last year’s regime was horrifically bad, and the Detroit Lions are still recovering. This new staff is still working out the kinks, and as this weekend gets closer, it may not be getting better. They will be taking on Kirk Cousins’ and the Minnesota Vikings.
Frankly, it’s hard to think that this weekend is going to go much better than the last few. However, Dalvin Cook was held out of practice Thursday and could possibly not be 100% for this weekend’s matchup, handicapping the Vikings offense a bit.
But, on the other side of the field, the Lions are running an infirmary with all of the injuries. This week it was Romeo Okwara who tore his Achilles and will be out for the rest of the season. T.J. Hockenson nursed a knee injury through practices this week, and first-round pick Penei Sewell has also not been 100% this week during practice.
The Detroit Lions are likely not getting their first win this Sunday.
The Vikings may be 1-3, but Cousins has been rolling. He’s thrown for 1,121 yards over four games, adding nine touchdowns already. He’s thrown only one interception and has a 68.8% completion rate so far.
Meanwhile, the Vikings have squared off with the Cincinnati Bengals, who are 3-1, the Arizona Cardinals, who are undefeated, the Seattle Seahawks, who were 2-2 coming into the week, and the Cleveland Browns are also 3-1. So they’ve played some tougher competition so far this season.
The Lions should be a cakewalk. There are a couple of reasons to say so. The Lions’ injuries continue to mount and make things tough on both sides of the ball, especially with a receiver core that did not have much coming into the season.
Beyond that, the Lions seemingly keep making some little mistakes as the kinks of the rebuild get ironed out. Jared Goff is being Jared Goff, meaning he’s been exactly what they expected in both good and bad ways.
Detroit Lions betting odds, spread, and prediction
According to WynnBET, the Minnesota Vikings are favored by 10 points at the time of writing this betting preview. With the -10 point line favoring the Bears, the Over/Under is set at 49.0 points on the game.
Check out this FanSided Betting article for any more betting odds you may be looking for ahead of week five’s action.
As the Lions get ready for Sunday’s action, they will look to get a win against the odds and keep the Vikings from right their ship.
Prediction: Last week, I took the Detroit Lions over the Chicago Bears straight up in what wound up being a tough loss to Justin Fields and company. This weekend I’m shying away from the Lions. I’ve got the Vikings cruising to a win this weekend; even if Dalvin Cook is not 100%, Cousins will likely be able to keep things rolling in their offense.