NFC North-leading Lions, Vikings kick off Thanksgiving games
MINNESOTA (6-4) at DETROIT (6-4)
Thursday, 12:30 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE – Lions by 2 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD – Vikings 6-4, Lions 5-4-1
SERIES RECORD – Vikings lead 71-37-2
LAST MEETING – Lions beat Vikings 22-16, OT, Nov. 6,
LAST WEEK – Vikings beat Cardinals 30-24, Lions beat Jaguars 26-19
AP PRO32 RANKING -Vikings No. 11, Lions No. 10
VIKINGS OFFENSE – OVERALL (32), RUSH (32), PASS (24).
VIKINGS DEFENSE – OVERALL (3), RUSH (13) PASS (3).
LIONS OFFENSE – OVERALL (25), RUSH (30), PASS (16).
LIONS DEFENSE – OVERALL (19), RUSH (18), PASS (17).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Lions and Vikings tied atop NFC North. … Minnesota blew three-point lead with 23 seconds left last game against Lions, allowing them to set up Matt Prater's 58-yard FG as time expired in regulation. QB Matthew Stafford's 28-yard pass TD to WR Golden Tate in OT won it. … Vikings' win over Arizona ended four-game losing streak. … Minnesota hasn't won NFC North game since beating Green Bay in Week 2. … WR Stefon Diggs ranks third in NFL with 67 receptions, including career-high 13 catches against Detroit and Washington this month. … Minnesota KR-WR Cordarrelle Patterson became NFL's first player with four TDs of 100-plus yards last week, returning kickoff 104 yards. … With CB Xavier Rhodes' 100-yard interception return against Arizona, Minnesota became first team since Dallas in 1962 to score on interception and kickoff returns of 100-plus yards in game. … Vikings only team with five-plus sacks from three DEs: Danielle Hunter (seven), Everson Griffen (six) and Brian Robison (five). … Detroit in first place on Thanksgiving for first time since 1993, last time franchise won division title. … Lions have won five of six. … Stafford has thrown only one INT in last six games. … Theo Riddick had eight receptions for Lions last week, matching season high, leads NFL RBs with 123 catches since 2015. … Tate had 11 receptions against Vikings in Week 9, equaling career high from 2014. … DE Ezekiel Ansah, who does not have sack in injury-stunted season, has 4 + sacks and two fumbles in last five games against Vikings. … Lions first NFL team to have first 10 games decided by seven or fewer points. Detroit has trailed in fourth quarter of every game. … Fantasy Tip: Minnesota's Kyle Rudolph has scored in three straight games against Lions, who have struggled to slow down tight ends this season. Rudolph leads Vikings with five TDs this season.
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