NFL Odds Week 3: Lions Vs. Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 26: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings jumps through a hole while carrying the ball against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 26 2010 in Minneapolis Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Lions 24-10. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

In a sure sign the balance of power in the NFC North has shifted, the Detroit Lions are road favorites against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3.

Over the 2008 and 2009 seasons, the Minnesota Vikings won has many NFC North titles (2) as the Detroit Lions won games. But in another sign that the balance of power in the NFC North has shifted, the Lions are four-point favorites on the road against the Vikings this Sunday, our partner Odds Shark shows.

With a better general manager (Martin Mayhew) and head coach (Jim Schwartz) in place, the Lions have used their futility in previous seasons to build a talented front four and an offense that is stocked with weapons that a (finally) healthy Matthew Stafford has used early season Top 10 ranking. Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, has completed 65.3 percent of his 72 pass attempts for 599 yards and his seven touchdowns have him tied with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for the league lead.

All eyes figure to be on how the Lions deep and active front handles fares against Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who leads the NFC with 218 yards through Week 2. Since entering the league four seasons ago, Peterson has averaged 101.8 yards per game against the Lions, his highest rushing yardage production against any opponent. 20 of Peterson's 123 career receptions have also come against Detroit.

For more on the opening lines, head over to Odds Shark. Be sure to check out the Vikings coverage at the Daily Norseman, and the Lions at Pride of Detroit.

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