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Dr. Bob Previews LIONS (+9.5) Vs. VIKINGS

ALLEN PARK, MI - MAY 01:  Matt Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions throws during rookie orientation camp at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility on May 1, 2009 in Allen Park, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Robert StollCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2009

Minnesota (-9.5) 26 DETROIT 16

10:00 AM Pacific Time Sunday, Sep-20

Detroit doesn't look any better than last year's 0-16 team based on last week's 27-45 loss at New Orleans in which the Lions were out-gained 4.1 yards per play to 7.5 yppl.

Minnesota, meanwhile, rolled over Cleveland 34-20 but only out-gained the Browns 5.0 yppl to 4.5 yppl as Brett Favre looked tentative and had no luck getting the ball down the field (he averaged just 3.3 yards per pass play).

Favre should have better success today against the league's worst pass defense, but my ratings suggest that the line is fair (I favor Minny by 9.8 points).

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