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Lions vs Vikings Expert Picks & Predictions for Week 3 NFL Game

Devon Platana
Lions vs. Vikings expert picks, predictions and projections for NFL Week 3 game.
Lions vs. Vikings expert picks, predictions and projections for NFL Week 3 game. / AP Photos/Duane Burleson
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The 2022 NFL season is finally here and the Week 3 schedule is chock full of exciting showdowns. One of the most anticipated matchups of the week is an NFC North tilt between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings.

After opening the year with a loss, the Lions rebounded with a solid 36-27 victory over the Washington Commanders in Week 2. The Vikings weren't as fortunate, though, hardly giving the Philadelphia Eagles a challenge in their 24-7 defeat.

With the Green Bay Packers looking vulnerable, both the Lions and Vikings have an outside chance to win the NFC North. Can Detroit get a win to take a step forward in the divisional race? Or will Minnesota improve its odds with a home win?

Here's what projection models and experts across the industry have to say about the Lions vs Vikings Week 3 matchup.

Lions vs Vikings Projections

ESPN FPIVikings (66.2%)
numberFireVikings (67.3%)
FiveThirtyEightVikings (70%)
Betting FavoriteVikings (-5.5)

Projected Winner: Vikings (4)

Lions vs Vikings Expert Picks

ESPN Experts: Vikings (7)
Sports Illustrated ExpertsVikings (3), Lions (2)
CBS Sports ExpertsLions (5), Vikings (2)

Expert Totals: Vikings (12), Lions (7)

Each highlight projection calls for the Vikings to win on Sunday. While the experts aren't in unanimous agreement, 63.2% of them agree that Minnesota will be victorious.

None of the projections gives the Lions much of a chance to win, with their best percentage sitting at just 33.8% on ESPN.

With the Vikings winning eight of their last nine games against the Lions, look for that streak to continue after Week 3.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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