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Vikings-Lions inactives: Right tackle Mike Remmers out vs. Lions

The Vikings will be without right tackle Mike Remmers for the third straight game Thursday at Ford Field.

Remmers, who was concussed when trying to cut block Browns linebacker Jamie Collins Sr. on Oct. 29, is still working his way through the concussion protocol. He was limited during the team’s only full practice of the week on Tuesday.

Otherwise the Vikings (8-2) are at full strength for a pivotal division game against the Lions (6-4) on Thanksgiving.

Safety Andrew Sendejo (groin/hamstring) and defensive end Brian Robison (low back) will return to play after being listed as questionable. Both missed the Vikings’ 24-7 win against the Rams on Sunday.

Lions’ inactives:DE Dwight Freeney, CB Jamal Agnew, RB Dwayne Washington, RB Tion Green, OL Don Barclay, OL Emmett Cleary and DE Jeremiah Valoaga.

Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (back) will play after being listed questionable for Detroit.

Pick the Vikings to snap that three-game losing streak versus Detroit today

The Vikings and Packers went in opposite directions last week in terms of how they played and how people like us try to predict how they will play.

For the Vikings, I scrapped all the over-thinking, psycho-analysis, mumbo-jumbo logic that goes into the typical NFL guess. With the Vikings healthy, playing well and, oh yeah, good, I just went with a good team at home. And it won 24-7 with the help of one of the best crowds to occupy U.S. Bank Stadium to date.

As for the Packers, all that aforementioned stuff went into picking them to win as a 1 ½-point home underdog a week after scratching out a victory. They were nipped 23-donut.

Oh, well. Last week's picks went 8-6 straight-up and 7-7 against the spread for the second straight week. Still 11 games under .500 ATS (74-85), but, fortunately, momma didn't raise a fool, at least when it comes to gambling on pro sports.

Five underdogs won last week. The Bucs, Bengals and Falcons won on the road. The Texans and Giants won at home. The latter won as a 10 ½-point underdog against the disappearing Andy Reids.

Vegas probably had a tough time setting the line on the Chiefs-Bills game at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. It's tough to see the Chiefs giving anybody 9 ½ points right now, but that's how badly the once-promising Bills are playing now.

Five teams are favored by more than nine points. And none of them is playing the Browns. The Dolphins are getting 16 ½ at New England. Seems low to me. Take the Pats.

The Packers are getting 13 ½ points at Pittsburgh. Seems low to me. Take the Steelers.

The Browns are getting 8 ½ at Cincinnati in the annual "Battle Pillow Fight of Ohio!" Seems low to me. But! I'm going to go out on a limb and say Hue Jackson finds a second nut before his second and final snowfall as Browns coach.

Happy Thanksgiving. Three games are on tap for today. The nation will really enjoy the first one, kind of like the second one and be watching something else when the Giants play at Washington.

Here are this week's games …

Vikings minus-2 ½ at Lions: Vikings by 10

The Lions have won three straight, but they've been mild efforts against the Rodgers-free Packers, Browns and Bears. They've beaten the Vikings three straight times, including 14-7 on Oct. 1, and five of seven times in the Mike Zimmer era. But the loss earlier this season came in Case Keenum's second start. It also featured the season-ending loss of Dalvin Cook and three lost fumbles by the Vikings. Keenum and the rest of the skill-position players have settled in behind a line that's 10,000 times (or more) better than it was a year ago. The line controls the game, allowing the defense to turn up the heat on Matthew Stafford. If the Vikings stop the run and avoid turnovers, they should handle the Lions. Should.

Chargers minus-1/2 at Cowboys: Chargers by 7

Giants plus-7 ½ at Redskins: Redskins by 14

Bears plus-13 ½ at Eagles: Eagles by 7

Buccaneers plus-9 ½ at Falcons: Falcons by 14

Panthers minus-4 ½ at Jets: Panthers by 6

Bills plus-9 ½ at Chiefs: Chiefs by 3

Titans minus-3 ½ at Colts: Titans by 7

Dolphins plus-16 ½ at Patriots: Patriots by 25

Seahawks minus-6 ½ at 49ers: Seahawks by 3

Jaguars minus-4 ½ at Cardinals: Jaguars by 7

Saints plus-2 ½ at Rams: Saints by 7

Broncos plus-5 ½ at Raiders: Raiders by 6

Packers plus-13 ½ at Steelers: Steelers by 14

Texans plus-7 ½ at Ravens: Ravens by 3


Browns plus-8 ½ at Bengals: Browns by 7

Betting that the Browns will trip over Jackson's second career coaching win at some point before he's fired. Plus, every drafnik worth his ability to search Google says 2018 will be one of the greatest QB drafts in the history of the universe. So you have to assume the Browns will somehow, some way end up winning just enough to lose the top pick. Or … I could be wrong. (See Week 11: Cowboys over Eagles).

Last week straight up; versus spread: 8-6; 7-7

Year to date: 101-57; 74-85

Upset specials: 3-8

Record picking Vikings games: 7-3

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