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Experts Make Their Picks for Vikings-Lions Game

The Vikings are coming off a 6th consecutive home win after the team beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the Week 6 matchup. Minnesota hits the road to take on an NFC North opponent they have already beaten this season in the Detroit Lions. The Lions won their first game of the season last week with a 37-34 overtime victory over the Chicago Bears. We scoped the web to see what experts and analysts are predicting for the outcome of the Vikings' upcoming matchup against the Lions.

The Lions won for the first time last week by letting Matt Stafford play more up-tempo. It needs to stay that way in this one. The Vikings are second in scoring defense, so it won't be easy. But I think Stafford will hit Calvin Johnson for some big plays, and that will be the difference.

Lions 28, Vikings 24--Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

The Lions finally got their offense moving and got their first win on Sunday, but they won't make it two in a row with a better Vikings team coming to town. Minnesota hasn't been great this year, but a win Sunday makes the Vikings the clear No. 2 in the NFC North and a legitimate wild card candidate.

Vikings 20, Lions 14--Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk

The Vikings aren't yet good enough to blow anyone out, but they're good enough to find ways to outscore the majority of their opponents. If the Vikings are going to make good on their perceived potential for 2015, they'll need to do better than last year's 1-5 divisional record. Here's their chance to get to 2-0, by competing a sweep of the overmatched Lions.

Vikings 28, Lions 20—Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk

*The Lions got out of the winless rut, but they're still down, and the Vikings need to keep them down if they want to keep themselves up. Creeping a little closer to the Packers while they're on a bye would help their playoff hopes. The Vikings won their Week 2 meeting in Minneapolis, when the Lions barelt slowed down either Adrian Peterson (season-high 134 yards) or Teddy Bridgewater (touchdown pass and run). *

Vikings 30, Lions 21--Sporting News

Each Tuesday,'s *NFL simulation engine generates predictions and box scores for every NFL game for the coming week. The highly sophisticated algorithms simulate every play of every game to produce each team's likelihood to win. Each matchup is simulated 501 times.*

Win Percentage: 65.4 %, Average Score: Vikings 25, Lions

FiveThirtyEight's 2015 NFL forecast uses an Elo-based model to calculate each team's chances of advancing to the playoffs and winning Super Bowl 50. Playoff probabilities are based on 20,000 simulations of the season and will update after each game.

Pre-game win probabilities: Vikings

4 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, CBS Sports

6 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, FOX Sports

7 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, Bleacher Report

4 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, SB Nation

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