The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to Pregame.com (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 9-5 (.643); season 100-60 (.625). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 6-7-1(.462); season 74-77-9 (.490).
Minnesota (8-2) at Detroit (6-4)
Thursday, 9:30 a.m.
Vikings 27, Lions 23
TV: Channel 11.
Line: Vikings by 3. O/U: 45.
Case Keenum has strung together some strong games for the Vikings, and Minnesota’s defense is clicking, especially that pass rush. Detroit doesn’t have an overwhelming home-field...
Forget about the -1 they just put up against New Orleans. Focus more on the fact that they allowed just 22 points to the most potent offense in football. Also, they face the hapless Colts this week, which is always a nice holiday treat for a fantasy D. Last week: 22 points allowed This week: @Indianapolis