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Vikings healthy entering two-game stretch in five days vs. Lions, Redskins

The Vikings ruled out only one player — linebacker Ben Gedeon — because of injury for Sunday’s game in Detroit, meaning the 53-man roster is relatively healthy ahead of a quick turnaround for Thursday’s game against Washington.

Left tackle Riley Reiff (ankle) and right guard Josh Kline (foot) are returning to the lineup against the Lions. Kline is returning from a foot injury suffered Oct. 6 in New York.

Linebacker Kentrell Brothers is also returning from a three-game absence due to wrist and hamstring injuries. Brothers, the fourth-year linebacker, is a leader on Vikings special teams.

Gedeon has been sidelined since an Oct. 6 concussion against the Giants, but he was able to practice Friday, marking progress in the league’s protocol.

The Vikings appear to be making a change at punt returner as Marcus Sherels, who re-signed Sept. 24 after punt returner Chad Beebe was put on injured reserve, is a healthy scratch.

Cornerback Mike Hughes, who returned Sept. 22 from last year’s multi-ligament knee injury, has taken punt-return reps in practice and could replace Sherels in Detroit. Running back Ameer Abdullah and receiver Olabisi Johnson are also returner options.

Vikings’ inactives:Gedeon (concussion), CB Marcus Sherels, OT Oli Udoh, G Dru Samia, DT Armon Watts, DT Jalyn Holmes and C Brett Jones.

Lions’ inactives:DT Mike Daniels (foot), DL Da’Shawn Hand (elbow), CB Amani Oruwariye (knee), C Beau Benzschawel, RB Tra Carson, QB David Blough and OL Oday Aboushi.

Week 7 picks: NFL logic says time for Lions to smile, Vikings to frown

Week 7 picks are in and Rams fans should be really concerned. Or extremely relieved.

After nailing the Raiders over the Bears two weeks ago and getting a noser on the final score of Texans-Chiefs, this week’s “upset special” is Falcons over Rams.

Guaranteed. Maybe.

The Rams have lost three straight. A fourth straight stubbed toe could be the 3-4 start the reigning NFC champs and offensive wunderkind Sean McVay can’t return from.

So, buh-bye, L.A. Then again, it could be buh-bye, upset special winning streak.

Houston wasn’t the only underdog to win in Week 6. Also pulling upsets were the Saints, 49ers, Cardinals, Jets and Steelers.

This week, six home teams are underdogs. Three of them are at least 9 1/2-point dogs. The Redskins and Jets are 9 1/2-point underdogs against the 49ers and Patriots, respectively. And, of course, Miami is once again a massive home underdog (17 points) in a game against the Bills.

The firm, educated, well-thought-out stab in the dark here is to take four underdogs to win.

The Bengals will get their first win in a home game against the Jaguars. The Cardinals and Texans will win at the Giants and Colts, respectively.

And …

Vikings fans should be very concerned. Or extremely relieved because the pick at Ford Field is …

Lions 24, Vikings 20.

Using NFL logic as the reasoning, there are way too many smiles in Minnesota and way too many frowns in Detroit. It’s time for the two sides to meet back in the middle with the Lions coming away happy and the Vikings returning closer to earth.

Guaranteed. Maybe.

Vikings minus-2 at Lions: Lions 24, Vikings 20

Record picking Vikings / vs. spread: 5-1 /5-1

Jaguars minus-4 at Bengals: Bengals by 1

49ers minus-9 1/2 at Redskins: 49ers by 6

Texans plus-1 at Colts: Texans by 3

Bills minus-17 at Dolphins: Bills by 10

Raiders plus-5 at Packers: Packers by 7

Cardinals plus-3 at Giants: Cardinals by 6

Chargers plus-2 1/2 at Titans: Titans by 3

Ravens plus-3 at Seahawks: Ravens by 7

Saints plus-3 1/2 at Bears: Bears by 7

Eagles plus-2 1/2 at Cowboys: Cowboys by 3

Patriots minus-9 1/2 at Jets: Patriots by 10

UPSET SPECIAL

Rams minus-2 at Falcons: Falcons 34, Rams 28

Last week’s pick: Texans 31, Chiefs 24. Actual score: Texans 31, Chiefs 24. Record: 3-3.

NFL Scoreboard

  • Oakland

    Green Bay

     

    - F

    24

    42

  • San Francisco

    Washington

     

    - F

    9

    0

  • Arizona

    NY Giants

     

    - F

    27

    21

  • Houston

    Indianapolis

     

    - F

    23

    30

  • Minnesota

    Detroit

     

    - F

    42

    30

  • Jacksonville

    Cincinnati

     

    - F

    27

    17

  • Miami

    Buffalo

     

    - F

    21

    31

  • Los Angeles

    Atlanta

     

    - F

    37

    10

  • Los Angeles

    Tennessee

     

    - F

    20

    23

  • Baltimore

    Seattle

     

    - F

    30

    16

  • New Orleans

    Chicago

     

    - F

    36

    25

  • Philadelphia

    Dallas

     

    - 4th, 7:30

    10

    37