NFL Week 3 Match Ups: Minnesota And Detroit Eying First Win Of 2010 Season
September 22nd, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings square up in a NFC North showdown in week three of the 2010 NFL Season, with each coming off of a loss a week prior.  For the Vikings it was a home loss to the Miami Dolphins in which quarterback Brett Favre threw for three interceptions.  For the Lions, it was a close loss at the hands of Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles with back up quarterback Shaun Hill.

It is clear, at least through two games, that Favre is not performing up to the expectations instilled prior to the start of the 2010 NFL Season.  Minnesota pulled out all the stops to bring their quarterback back for a 20th season, but Favre has appeared to be a little rusty out of the gate.  The silver lining may be that each of Minnesota’s first two games have been against solid defensive units, in New Orleans and Miami.  Still, Favre rarely turned the ball over last year at all at home and threw only seven interceptions all year.  Against Miami he threw three, and fumbled.

On the other side of the ball, the Lions had to go with Hill due to the loss of starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, who is out with a shoulder injury.  Hill stepped up however, throwing for 335 yards and two touchdowns.  The two interceptions he threw proved to be the difference though, as Detroit lost 35-32.

At this point in time, Stafford’s status remains unknown, and it is likely that Hill will get the start again.  Offensively for Detroit, rookie running back Jahvid Best has shined both in rushing and receiving.  While he rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns against Philadelphia, he also caught nine passes for 154 yards and one touchdown.  He is developing into a weapon that opposing defenses will have to game-plan around.

Best should give the Minnesota defense a real challenge, though the Vikings unit has been stout against the run over the past couple of years.  The Vikings will likely focus on best and the run game and force Hill to throw into coverage and make mistakes.  Hill did not look mistake-prone against the Eagles, so Minnesota will have to figure out a way to slow down what has become a solid offensive unit in Detroit, at least when looking at last week.

For the Vikings on offense, it’s about eliminating the turnovers.  They stymied several scoring opportunities in the game against the Dolphins, with Miami interceptions two passes in the end zone.  Running back Adrian Peterson continues to be productive, and the Lions can expect to get a full helping of No.28.

Game Betting Lines- USA Online Sportsbook have installed the Vikings as a 10-point favorite in this NFL Week 3 Match up, with the over/under sitting at 42 1/2 points.

ATS Betting Trends- NFL Betting Trends indicate that the Vikings are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games at home, as well as 4-1-1 ATS in their last six against the NFC North.

Over/Under Betting Trends- With respect to the game total, the Under is 4-1 in the Lions last five road games and 4-1 in their last five games versus the NFC North.

The Under is 5-0 in the last five games for Minnesota against a team with a losing record.

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