Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 20, 2019
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
Preview for Digital Sports Desk: By Gracenote
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions let a key divisional win slip away last week, but they get another shot when they host the Minnesota Vikings today. Both teams are trying to keep pace with NFC North-leading Green Bay.
The Lions had a chance to gain ground on the Packers on Monday night, but a couple of controversial hands-to-the-face calls against Trey Flowers helped Green Bay escape with a 23-22 win.
“I think if you go through a game and you’re relying on the officials to tell you whether or not you won, I don’t really think you’re going to turn out in a favorable manner more times than not,” Detroit coach Matt Patricia said.
The Vikings have won back-to-back games for the first time this season after posting an impressive 38-20 win over Philadelphia last week. Minnesota has won three straight meetings with the Lions.
TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Vikings -2. O/U: 43.5
ABOUT THE VIKINGS (4-2): Minnesota has been sound all around, ranking fifth in the NFL in total defense and 11th in total offense. Dalvin Cook (583 yards, six touchdowns) has powered the league’s third-ranked ground attack, but quarterback Kirk Cousins had a huge performance against the Eagles, going 22-of-29 for 333 yards and four touchdowns. The Vikings gave up a season-high 400 total yards versus Philadelphia but forced three turnovers, giving them 10 takeaways this season.
ABOUT THE LIONS (2-2-1): Detroit has been one of the league’s most interesting teams as all five of its games have been decided by four points or fewer, including a 27-27 tie at Arizona in Week 1. The Lions’ offense is steady, if unspectacular, as veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford leads a capable passing attack, but the ground game has been too inconsistent with Kerryon Johnson averaging just 3.3 yards per carry. Detroit’s defense has been bailed out by turnovers – the team ranks 29th in total defense but 18th in scoring defense thanks to 11 takeaways.
- Stafford needs 87 to become the fastest player to 40,000 passing yards in NFL history (147 games).
- Minnesota WR Adam Thielen has recorded at least six receptions and a touchdown in back-to-back contests.
- Vikings DE Everson Griffen has registered a sack in four straight games against Detroit.
PREDICTION: Vikings 24, Lions 20