Despite some close calls with Detroit recently, the Vikings are heavy favorites over the Lions, according to Las Vegas.
It's always interesting to see what Las Vegas has to say about games when it sets point spreads. Often times they are a mirror to what is going to happen on Sundays. Last week, for example, some were shocked to see the Eagles as a road favorite at Carolina on many sports books. They asked why that would be – until the Eagles clubbed the Panthers into submission.
Sunday's game between the Vikings and Lions has some interesting elements that make you wonder what the Vegas inside types are thinking. Not only are the Vikings a 10-point favorite on the road – even a bigger favorite than the Packers at home against Cincinnati – but the over/under is a fat 47½ points, meaning that for the game to go over the point spread, the Vikings would have to win by a score of 31-17, 34-14, 38-10, etc.
For a rivalry that has been dominated by the Vikings, many of the games recently have been very close. In the past two years, the Vikings have lost one game in overtime, blown out the Lions 42-10 and, in last year's meetings, won by scores of 12-10 and 20-16.
While many rarely doubt the Vegas action (they don't build new wings on the casinos because they lose money), it would seem the bandwagon jumping has begun … for this week anyway.
The Thursday injury report for the Vikings included Erin Henderson (calf), who missed practice, Heath Farwell (hamstring) and Anthony Herrera (back), both of whom were limited, and Jim Kleinsasser (hand) who fully participated.
For the Lions, three players did not participate – DE Cliff Avril (hamstring), DT Grady Jackson (knee) and QB Drew Stanton (knee). Four others were limited – DT Andre Fluellen (knee), CB William James, (foot), CB Eric King (shoulder) and G Daniel Looper (knee).
Former Viking Hank Baskett signed with the Colts Thursday. He could see immediate playing time since starter Anthony Gonzalez is out several weeks with a knee injury.
Former Vikings defensive lineman Leger Douzable was signed to the Rams practice squad. Douzable was cut by the Vikings last year during training camp and ended up playing for the Giants.
Browns coach Eric Mangini declined to discuss his $25,000 fine in the Brett Favre injury cover-up from last year. Mangini and the Jets were fined a combined $125,000 for not reporting Favre's injury, the extent of which came to light last week during Favre's Wednesday press conference.
In a related item, Brad Childress said Thursday that he doesn't have an extra $25,000 to lose by concealing any injuries and said he told Favre, "If I need to list you the injury report with every mucous membrane on your body, I will do that."