Vikings to continue Lions run

As the NFL regular season enters its penultimate round of matches, Minnesota Vikings will be looking to continue their good form against Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Vikings cling to play-off hope

Even with the Chicago Bears leading the way in the NFC North with a 10-4 record, Minnesota still have a chance of making it through to the play-offs via the wildcards.

The Vikings managed to stop the rot last week, with a 41-17 thrashing of the Miami Dolphins, having previously suffered defeats to both the Patriots and Seahawks.

As for the Lions, two wins in their last eight outings does not paint a pretty picture and they sit bottom of the NFC North for a reason.

A narrow 14-13 defeat to the Buffalo Bills last time out shows where this Detroit team are at and their problems rest with the offence.

Detroit have managed an average of just over 15 points in their last four games and that form has not been enough to get them over the line in most of their matches this term.

Minnesota have all the motivation to reach the play-offs going into this one and the Vikings at 1.91 with -5 in the spread, should go a step closer towards their goal and make it three wins on the spin against the Lions.

Eagles back in the hunt after Rams raid

Philadelphia’s unlikely victory on the road at the much-fancied LA Rams last week has somehow kept the Eagles in the play-off picture, just.

An overtime defeat to rivals Dallas Cowboys looked like it had ended Philly’s hopes of play-off football this season, but the reigning Super Bowl champions have kept the dream alive with their success in California.

Head coach Doug Pederson has quarterback Nick Foles to thank for that, after he once again filled the void superbly for the injured Carson Wentz.

Foles was the hero of Philly last season and he could help the Eagles make it back-to-back wins when they host the Houston Texans on Sunday.

The Texans have been going quietly about their business this season, allowing the Rams, Chiefs and Saints to take much of the spotlight in the race for Super Bowl.

Houston responded well to a defeat to the Indianapolis Colts, when they overcame the New York Jets last time out.

This will certainly be a tight contest at Lincoln Financial Field but home advantage for the Eagles could just prove to be the difference as Philly, who are 1.71 for the win, look to keep their season alive.

Bears to continue charge

Another team that has seemed to have gone under the radar but are starting to get the recognition they deserve are Chicago Bears, who head to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

With one defeat in their last eight games, the Bears have ground out some impressive wins in recent weeks and go into this game on the back of victories over the Rams and the Packers.

The 49ers have had a late flurry of wins at the back end of the regular season, after injuries plagued the Californian outfit at the start of the campaign.

Wins over the Broncos and Seahawks have given San Fran something to build on for next season, but the Bears at 1.94 with -4 on the spread should prove too strong.