The Detroit Lions secured their first win of the 2022 NFL Season on Sunday.
More importantly to sports bettors in Michigan, they also covered the spread.
Following a 36-27 win over Washington at home, the Lions will look to put together back-to-back wins when they travel to face the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3.
Amon-Ra St. Brown will be pursuing NFL history, while the Detroit Lions defensive front will be in pursuit of Kirk Cousins.
What do oddsmakers think about this NFC North clash on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on FOX?
Lions vs. Vikings NFL Week 3 Odds
With the Minnesota Vikings playing on Monday Night Football, the odds shifted from Sunday night.
The Detroit Lions odds opened at +7.5 points at Minnesota on Sunday, but have fallen to 5.5-to-6 points depending on the sportsbook. Minnesota is coming off a 24-7 loss to the Lions’ Week 1 opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles.
The over/under total is opened at 50.5 points at most Michigan sportsbooks. It is now sitting at 53.5 points.
Detroit Lions betting trends
The Lions continued to do well when it comes to their NFL game odds. They covered as a 1-point favorite on Sunday to go 2-0 against the spread on the season.
Detroit is now 13-6 against the spread in its last 19 games.
Minnesota is 1-1 overall and 1-1 against the spread thus far in the 2022 season. The Vikings opened with a dominant 23-7 win over Green Bay at home in Week 1, but had the score nearly flipped on them against the Eagles.
Lions vs. Vikings history
Minnesota has had Detroit’s number over this storied rivalry. The Vikings are 79-40-2 all-time in the series.
One of Detroit’s three wins last season was a 29-27 win at home over Minnesota.
The Lions have actually covered the spread in three straight meetings with the Vikings.
How to watch: Lions vs. Vikings NFL Week 3
- What: Detroit Lions (1-1) at Minnesota Vikings (1-1)
- When: Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. ET
- Where: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.
- TV: FOX
- Radio: Lions Radio Network
- Sirius XM: Channel 387 (Lions broadcast), Channel 229 (Vikings broadcast)
How to bet on NFL odds in Michigan
Michigan has 15 different online sportsbooks for you to consider wagering on NFL odds.
Betting on NFL football in the state can be done in a wide range of ways. That includes:
- Live betting
- First Half/Second Half Betting
- First/Second/Third/Fourth Quarter Betting
- Player Props
- Team Props
- Adjusted Spreads
- Adjusted Totals
- Single-Game Parlays
NFL Week 3 Prop Odds: Amon-Ra St. Brown receptions
It’s safe to say Amon-Ra St. Brown has found his role in the Detroit Lions offense.
Dating back to his strong finish to the 2021 season, St. Brown is off to a hot start in 2022.
On Sunday, Brown tied an NFL record with his eighth consecutive game with at least eight receptions. Only Antonio Brown and Michael Thomas have done the same, and no player has done it for nine consecutive games.
That will be the task ahead of the second-year receiver on Sunday at Minnesota.
Brown has clearly become a top target for Lions quarterback Jared Goff. Over this eight-game stretch, St. Brown has drawn double-digit targets each game. Here’s a look at his remarkable run:
- Dec. 5, 2021 vs. Minnesota: 10 receptions, 86 yards, 1 TD
- Dec. 12, 2021 at Denver: 8 receptions, 73 yards
- Dec. 19, 2021 vs. Arizona: 8 receptions, 90 yards, 1 TD
- Dec. 26, 2021 at Atlanta: 9 receptions, 91 yards, 1 TD
- Jan. 2, 2022 at Seattle: 8 receptions, 111 yards, 1 TD
- Jan. 9, 2022 vs. Green Bay: 8 receptions, 109 yards, 1 TD
- Sept. 11, 2022 vs. Philadelphia: 8 receptions, 64 yards, 1 TD
- Sept. 18, 2022 vs. Washington: 9 receptions, 116 yards, 2 TD
Currently, St. Brown has an over/under of 6.5 receptions for Sunday’s game according to DraftKings Sportsbook MI. The over sits at -135. DraftKings also lists his over/under for receiving yards at 69.5. His over/under for longest reception sits at 22.5 yards.
“Enough good things cannot be said about the rise of a talented and hard working young NFL player. St. Brown must continue to be the focal point of this offense. What is aiding his ability securing elevated numbers of receptions every week has been the big play threat of running back D’Andre Swift. While the Vikings’ defense should give him more attention, I think he should be able to secure 8-9 receptions this week in Minnesota,” said John Maakron of All Lions.
St. Brown is also looking to catch a touchdown pass in a seventh consecutive game. That would be a new Lions franchise record. DraftKings lists ASB at +135 to score a TD in Sunday’s game.
NFL Week 3 Prop Odds: Detroit Lions sacks
After struggling to establish a consistent pass rush for years, the Lions broke out of that funk on Sunday against Washington.
The Lions got to Carson Wentz five times, with rookie Aidan Hutchinson securing three sacks of his own.
In Week 1, Jalen Hurts was able to avoid the Detroit pass rush with his legs. That was something Wentz couldn’t duplicate.
This week, the Lions face another quarterback that will struggle to escape the pocket in Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins.
Cousins was sacked once in their win over Green Bay, but he took a total of eight hits. On Monday, Cousins was sacked twice and took seven hits against Philly. Dating back to the end of the 2021 season, Cousins was sacked 11 times over his final three games.
Detroit defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn saw what pressure did for his unit in the first half against Washington. Expect more pressure to come in Week 3.
“Aidan Hutchinson and the Detroit Lions’ defensive line were stellar in Week 2. Something to pay attention to that could impede Detroit’s pass rush this week is the hand injury to defensive lineman John Cominsky, who has performed admirably in his debut season in Motown,” Maakaron said. “I think Kirk Cousins will learn from reviewing the tape of the Washington game and will attempt to get the ball out much quicker. If not, Detroit could see increased opportunities to get into the backfield. I think the team will finish with 2-3 sacks this week.”
Oddsmakers are listing the Lions at -145 for 2+ sacks in Sunday’s game with the Vikings.
NFL Week 3 Betting Promos
As we approach Week 3 of the season, online sportsbooks in Michigan are offering up special promos for Michigan sports bettors.
Earn $10 of FREEPLAY at BetMGM
BetMGM Michigan is offering $10 of FREEPLAY on Detroit Lions Blackjack or Detroit Lions Roulette live dealer games each Sunday. All you need to do is place a $20 wager on an NFL game with minimum odds of -200.
BetMGM also has One Game Parlay insurance. Opt-in and place a One Game Parlay on a NFL game with at least four legs. If just one of your legs misses, you’ll receive up to $25 back in free bets.
You can also wager on the first player to score a touchdown in Thursday or Monday night’s NFL game. If your pick isn’t the first to score, you’ll get your wager back in free bets, up to $25. Just opt-in to the promotion before placing your wager.
Stepped-up parlays at DraftKings
DraftKings Sportsbook MI is dishing out a Single-Game Parlay boost to use on Thursday, Sunday and Monday. By opting-in, you get one SGP boost to use each of the three days. The Boost starts at 20% for 3 legs and works up to 100% for 10+ legs. Minimum odds of each leg must be -300 or longer. Total SGP odds must be +100 or longer.
On Thursday, if your SGP loses, DraftKings will credit you back with a free bet up to $10. That’s just for Thursday’s game only.
Parlay boost at Caesars
On Thursday-Sunday, Caesars Sportsbook MI is offering up a 33% parlay boost on your NFL parlay.
Just place a 4+leg parlay with +400 odds or greater on Week 3 in the NFL. Max wager for the token is $50 and max additional winnings for the token is $1,000.
Insurance going around at BetRivers
Like BetMGM, BetRivers Sportsbook MI is also offering up parlay insurance.
Place a 4+leg NFL Same Game Parlay and get your money back in free bets (up to $25) if just one of your legs loses.
BetRivers is also offering up first touchdown insurance for Sunday Night Football this week. Place a wager on a player to score the first TD in Sunday’s 49ers vs. Broncos game. If your pick doesn’t score first, but does score a TD, get refunded in free bets, up to $25.
Free bet for a SGP wager at SI Sportsbook
Michigan’s newest online sportsbook, SI Sportsbook MI, is offering up a $10 free bet if your same game parlay wager of $15+ loses. Odds for the SGP must be +300 or longer.
SI Sportsbook also will give you a $20 free bet if a 3+ leg parlay on Sunday of $25 or more wins. Odds for the parlay must be +300 or longer. Same game parlays and BetBuilder are not eligible in this promotion.