Watch: Vikings vs. Lions Preview
Check out the video above to get ready for Vikings-Lions this Sunday. If hearing is an issue for you, the script is below:
Right now, the 4-2 Vikings sit in second place in the NFC North, and the 2-2-1 Lions are in last. However, the division remains extremely competitive. If the Lions had beaten the Packers last Monday Night, they would be in first place heading into this game.
The Lions have legitimate reasons to believe they should've won that game, too. There were three or four extremely questionable penalties called against them that arguably cost the Lions the game.
Before losing heartbreakers to the Packers and Chiefs, the Lions started Matt Patricia's second season as coach with a 2-0-1 record. On offense, they're led by 11th-year QB Matthew Stafford and 6-foot-4 receiver Kenny Golladay.
Defense has been a struggle for the Lions this season. Only the Dolphins, Bengals and Cardinals are allowing more yards per game than Detroit in 2019.
However, they do have some talented players on that side of the ball. The secondary is led by Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay and former Vikings undrafted free agent Justin Coleman. Up front, Damon "Snacks" Harrison is a major presence at nose tackle.
For the Vikings offense, feeding Dalvin Cook early and often will be a priority. The Lions have struggled to stop the run and just allowed 196 yards from scrimmage to Packers running backs Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones.
Defensively, the Vikings need to contain the Lions' 10th-ranked passing attack. In addition to Golladay, Stafford has dangerous weapons like Marvin Jones and rookie tight end TJ Hockenson.
The Vikings won 20 of 22 meetings against the Lions from 2000 to 2010, but are just 8-9 in the series since then. They lost 5 of 7 against the Lions prior to starting their current 3-game winning streak.
The Vikings swept the season series in 2018 by a combined score of 51 to 18. In the first meeting, they set a franchise record by sacking Stafford 10 times. In the second, Kirk Cousins threw three touchdown passes, including a hail mary to Kyle Rudolph to end the first half.
The game is set for noon central at Ford Field on Sunday, with both teams looking for their first divisional win. Stay tuned to VikingMaven all week for more preview content.