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Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Pick & Prediction NOV 8TH 2020

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Two teams at the bottom of the NFC North division will square off Sunday afternoon when the Minnesota Vikings host the battered Detroit Lions, who might have to play without their starting quarterback.


The Lions placed Matthew Stafford on the reserve/COVID-19 on Wednesday after the 32-year-old quarterback was determined to have had "high risk, close contact" with a non-team member.


Per protocols, Stafford must isolate for five days but can return as long as he tests negative and doesn't present any symptoms. Chase Daniel is behind Stafford on the depth chart.


Further, the Lions had nine other starters who were limited or didn't practice Wednesday.


Minnesota (2-5) sits in last place in the division but is feeling rejuvenated after posting a 28-22 win against the Green Bay Packers in Week 8. The score was tied at halftime before the Vikings pulled away with two touchdowns in the third quarter, and now they will look to build on that momentum.


To do so could require another standout performance from running back Dalvin Cook, who scored four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving) and notched 226 yards from scrimmage a week ago.


"We're going to have to ride this guy," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.


Cook has 652 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 5.3 yards a carry. Fellow running back Alexander Mattison has 253 yards and a score.


The ground attack has alleviated pressure on Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, who has a 91.9 passer rating with 1,635 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.


Look for Detroit (3-4) to make Cook the focal point of its defensive plan as the team tries to climb back to .500 on the season. Last week, the Lions were routed 41-21 by the Indianapolis Colts.


The defeat snapped a two-game win streak for Detroit, which is 12-26-1 under head coach Matt Patricia.


"It's consistency, that's all it is," Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones said. "If we do it consistently, we can move the field and score on anybody. But we've shown the opposite as well, and the opposite is what's hurting us. We just have to be who we know that we are."


This is the first meeting of the season between the teams. The Vikings swept the season series in 2019.


Stafford has a 94.8 passer rating, but his turnovers have proved costly. He has 1,916 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions -- including at least one interception in each of Detroit's four losses.


Adrian Peterson is the Lions' leading rusher with 321 yards. His two rushing touchdowns rank second on the team behind D'Andre Swift, who has four.


Detroit's defense is led by defensive end Romeo Okwara with five sacks in seven games. Defensive end Trey Flowers is next with two sacks, and safety Duron Harmon leads the team with a pair of interceptions.


Flowers landed on injured reserve earlier this week and is expected to miss at least three games. The team did not disclose the DE's injury, suffered in Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts.


The most notable injury absence this week will be Lions wideout Kenny Golladay, who is dealing with a bad hip. Golladay is averaging 16.9 yards per catch this season and has 338 yards and two touchdowns.


Further, offensive linemen Taylor Decker (back) and Hal Vaitai (foot), S Tracy Walker (foot) and WR Jamal Agnew (ribs) didn't practice Wednesday while TE T.J. Hockenson (toe), OL Joe Dahl (back), DT Danny Shelton (wrist), LB Christian Jones (knee), CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring) and CB Darryl Roberts (hip/groin) were all limited.


The Lions put linebacker Jarrad Davis on COVID reserve Tuesday.


The Vikings are led on defense by DE Ifeadi Odenigbo, who has 2 1/2 sacks. Yannick Ngakoue remains the statistical leader with five sacks, but he was traded to the Baltimore Ravens last month.


Linebacker Eric Wilson leads Minnesota with two interceptions, and safety Harrison Smith has one.


The Vikings have four defensive backs on the injury report. Holton Hill (foot), Mark Fields II (chest) and Cameron Dantzler (concussion) did not practice, and Harrison Hand (hamstring) was limited.


--Field Level Media


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Detroit Lions

Minnesota Vikings

Player Position Lineup
Tyrell Crosby primary: Right Tackle Starter
Taylor Decker primary: Left Tackle Starter
Marvin Hall primary: Wide Receiver Starter
T.J. Hockenson primary: Tight End Starter
Jesse James primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Marvin Jones Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Christian Jones primary: Linebacker Starter
Romeo Okwara primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Frank Ragnow primary: Center Starter
Matthew Stafford primary: Quarterback Starter
Duron Harmon primary: Safety Starter
Jayron Kearse primary: Safety Starter
Nick Williams primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Halapoulivaati Vaitai primary: Right Guard Starter
Desmond Trufant primary: Cornerback Starter
Jamie Collins Sr. primary: Linebacker Starter
Danny Shelton primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Reggie Ragland primary: Linebacker Starter
Jeff Okudah primary: Cornerback Starter
Jonah Jackson primary: Left Guard Starter
John Penisini primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Adrian Peterson primary: Runningback Starter
Oday Aboushi primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Danny Amendola primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Austin Bryant primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jason Cabinda primary: Linebacker Substitution
Justin Coleman primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Mike Ford primary: Cornerback Substitution
Da'Shawn Hand primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Will Harris primary: Safety Substitution
Kerryon Johnson primary: Runningback Substitution
Miles Killebrew primary: Safety Substitution
C.J. Moore primary: Safety Substitution
Isaac Nauta primary: Tight End Substitution
Amani Oruwariye primary: Cornerback Substitution
Matt Prater primary: Kicker Substitution
Jalen Reeves-Maybin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jahlani Tavai primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jack Fox primary: Punter Substitution
Matt Nelson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Don Muhlbach primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Chase Daniel primary: Quarterback Substitution
Tony McRae primary: Cornerback Substitution
D'Andre Swift primary: Runningback Substitution
Quintez Cephus primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jonathan Williams primary: Runningback Substitution
Marcus Martin primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Everson Griffen primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jamal Agnew primary: Runningback Not active
David Blough primary: Quarterback Not active
Joe Dahl primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Kenny Golladay primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Tracy Walker primary: Defensive Back Not active
Logan Stenberg primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Player Position Lineup
Kris Boyd primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Garrett Bradbury primary: Center Starter
Dalvin Cook primary: Halfback Starter
Kirk Cousins primary: Quarterback Starter
C.J. Ham primary: Fullback Starter
Anthony Harris primary: Free Safety Starter
Jalyn Holmes primary: Right End Starter
Jaleel Johnson primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Eric Kendricks primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Brian O'Neill primary: Right Tackle Starter
Ifeadi Odenigbo primary: Left End Starter
Riley Reiff primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kyle Rudolph primary: Tight End Starter
Harrison Smith primary: Strong Safety Starter
Shamar Stephen primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Adam Thielen primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Eric Wilson primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Dakota Dozier primary: Left Guard Starter
Justin Jefferson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jeff Gladney primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Ezra Cleveland primary: Right Guard Starter
Troy Dye primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Chad Beebe primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Mike Boone primary: Runningback Substitution
Tyler Conklin primary: Tight End Substitution
Austin Cutting primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Bisi Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Brett Jones primary: Center Substitution
Hercules Mata'afa primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Alexander Mattison primary: Runningback Substitution
Dru Samia primary: Guard Substitution
Irv Smith Jr. primary: Tight End Substitution
Armon Watts primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Britton Colquitt primary: Punter Substitution
Dan Bailey primary: Kicker Substitution
Rashod Hill primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Ameer Abdullah primary: Runningback Substitution
D.J. Wonnum primary: Defensive End Substitution
Harrison Hand primary: Cornerback Substitution
K.J. Osborn primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Josh Metellus primary: Safety Substitution
Dan Chisena primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ryan Connelly primary: Linebacker Substitution
Hardy Nickerson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Abdullah Anderson primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Chris Jones primary: Cornerback Substitution
Curtis Riley primary: Cornerback Substitution
Oli Udoh primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Sean Mannion primary: Quarterback Did not play
Tajae Sharpe primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Cameron Dantzler primary: Cornerback Not active
James Lynch primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Jordan Brailford primary: Defensive End Not active
Dylan Mabin primary: Cornerback Not active

Detroit Lions

Minnesota Vikings

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 9 Yards
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Pass Receiver: Irv Smith Jr.
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 5 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
    • Rusher: Dalvin Cook
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 22 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Ameer Abdullah
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 15 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Marvin Jones Jr.
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
    • Passer: Matthew Stafford
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 23 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Matt Prater
  • Period 3
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Pass Receiver: Irv Smith Jr.
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • Period 4
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 2 Yards
    • Passer: Chase Daniel
    • Pass Receiver: T.J. Hockenson
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 70 Yards
    • Rusher: Dalvin Cook
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 45 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Matt Prater
  • Match End


Last 10

W 20% L 80%
2 8
  • Minnesota L 37 - 35
  • Tampa Bay L 47 - 7
  • @Tennessee L 25 - 46
  • Green Bay L 31 - 24
  • @Chicago W 34 - 30
  • Houston L 41 - 25
  • @Carolina L 0 - 20
  • Washington W 27 - 30
  • @Minnesota L 20 - 34
  • Indianapolis L 41 - 21
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Detroit W 37 - 35
  • @New Orleans L 33 - 52
  • Chicago L 33 - 27
  • @Tampa Bay L 14 - 26
  • Jacksonville W 24 - 27
  • Carolina W 27 - 28
  • Dallas L 31 - 28
  • @Chicago W 19 - 13
  • Detroit W 20 - 34
  • @Green Bay W 28 - 22

Last Meetings

  • Vikings @ Lions 37-35
  • Lions @ Vikings 20-34
  • Lions @ Vikings 7-20
  • Vikings @ Lions 42-30
  • Vikings @ Lions 27-9
  • Lions @ Vikings 9-24
  • Vikings @ Lions 30-23
  • Lions @ Vikings 14-7
  • Vikings @ Lions 13-16
  • Lions @ Vikings 22-16

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries