The Minnesota Vikings will host their NFC North rival in the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon. Here are the highlights, the game recap, and a final score.
In one of the more important games in the 1:00 PM ET slot on Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings will host their NFC North rival in the Detroit Lions. FOX will have the telecast coming from US Bank Stadium.
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Detroit is very much in the NFC Wild Card race at 4-4. The Lions lost on the road to the Houston Texans in Week 9, but everybody loses to Houston at NRG Stadium this year. Detroit plays in only close games, all decided by seven points or fewer this year. Quarterback Matthew Stafford is playing arguably the best ball of his eight-year NFL career.
Minnesota has fallen on hard times since crushing the Texans at home in Week 5. The Vikings have lost two straight since their Week 6 bye to fall to 5-2. They also lost former offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who abruptly resigned on Wednesday. Pat Shurmur will take over for Turner, which is good news for Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford, who worked under Shurmur in both St. Louis and Philadelphia.
This will be a close, low-scoring game. It should come down to two things: will the Lions avoid turning the football over and will Bradford get better play out of his putrid offense? This game could go either way, but is a must-win for both teams in divisional play.
A loss for the Lions would put them at 4-5 entering their bye, 2.5 games back of first-place Minnesota. Conversely should the Vikings fall to the Lions, Minnesota would only hold a half game lead over Detroit in the NFC North at 5-3.
Matthew Stafford: Stafford has played very well for the Lions this season. Detroit doesn’t score a lot of points, but Stafford is more than capable of executing a game-winning drive. Look for him to complete 59% of his passes for 275 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
Sam Bradford: This game will rest largely on what Bradford does at quarterback. With Shurmur as his new offensive coordinator, look for Bradford to complete 63% of his passes for 225 yards and one touchdown.
Harrison Smith: Smith might have to be the guy to slow down Stafford in the secondary. Look for the Vikings defensive back to have eight tackles, two passes defended, and on forced turnover.
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The Lions will be on their bye in Week 10. They will get an easy home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, November 20th in Week 11. CBS will have that telecast coming from Ford Field.