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Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions Pick & Prediction JAN 3TH 2021

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Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions Recap JAN 3TH 2021

Kirk Cousins passed for 337 yards and four touchdowns and Dalvin Cook rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns to offset four touchdown catches by Marvin Jones Jr. as the Minnesota Vikings edged the host Detroit Lions 42-30 on Sunday.

Stefon Diggs caught seven passes for 142 yards for the Vikings (5-2).

Matthew Stafford passed for 364 yards, and Jones caught 10 passes for 93 yards for Detroit (2-3-1).

Minnesota star receiver Adam Thielen left the game in the first quarter due to a hamstring injury after catching a touchdown pass. Detroit's top running back, Kerryon Johnson, exited in the first half with a knee injury.

The Vikings took a 28-21 lead on the first possession of the second half. Cousins hit fullback C.J. Ham with a 5-yard pass to complete that drive.

Matt Prater's 46-yard field goal cut Minnesota's advantage to four.

Cousins' 15-yard scoring pass to Kyle Rudolph with 5:40 remaining gave the Vikings a 35-24 lead.

Jones' fourth touchdown reception, from 2 yards out, cut the Vikings' lead to five, but Detroit's two-point try failed.

Cook's 4-yard scoring run with 1:55 left clinched Minnesota's win.

The score was tied 21-all at halftime.

The Lions struck first midway through the opening quarter on a 16-yard pass from Stafford to Jones.

Minnesota tied it with 5:14 left in the quarter. A 28-yard pass to Irv Smith set up a 25-yard hookup from Cousins to Thielen.

The Stafford-Jones connection delivered another touchdown in the final minute of the quarter. Jones beat the one-on-one coverage of Xavier Rhodes on the 3-yard score.

The Vikings tied it early in the second on Cousins' 1-yard pass to rookie receiver Olabisi Johnson, his first career touchdown reception.

Cook capped off a 15-play, 97-yard drive with 3:26 remaining in the half on an 8-yard run.

Jones hauled in his third touchdown from 10 yards out on third-and-goal with two seconds left in the half.

--Field Level Media

The season finale between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions will not only lack drama, it will be played without the biggest star for either team.

Vikings All-Pro running back Dalvin Cook won't travel to Detroit due to the death of his father James. Cook has rushed for 1,557 yards and 16 touchdowns while averaging 5.0 yards per carry.

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Minnesota (6-9) was officially eliminated from playoff contention last week with a 52-33 loss to New Orleans on Christmas Day. The Vikings will try to avoid finishing the season on a four-game slide.

Detroit (5-10) has dropped seven of its last nine, including a 47-7 thrashing by Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins, who needs 140 passing yards on Sunday to reach the 4,000-yard mark this season, sees some value in collecting a Week 17 victory.

"We want to finish strong," he said. "I heard this morning that it's important we don't use this as the last game of this year but as the first game of 2021. That will kind of help us to focus on where we're headed and what we're trying to build, trying to get 2021 started off on the right foot."

Cousins has turned his season around after a slow start, throwing 21 touchdown passes compared to three interceptions over the last nine games. He was picked off 12 times during the first six games when Minnesota won just one game.

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"I do look at it and see there was an improvement after the bye week in terms of turnovers but if you don't have those turnovers earlier in the year, maybe you don't start 1-5," he said.

Cook will be replaced by a combination of Ameer Abdullah, Mike Boone and Alexander Mattison.

The Vikings' run defense has fallen apart the last two games, allowing Chicago's David Montgomery to rush for 146 yards and two touchdowns and New Orleans' Alvin Kamara to pile up 155 yards and six touchdowns.

Detroit's injury-riddled defense has allowed 30 or more points in the last five games. The Buccaneers could have easily scored more than 47 points last weekend if they hadn't eased up and used backups most of the second half.

At least the Lions will have some semblance of a coaching staff for the finale. Due to COVID-19 protocols, a majority of the staff was forced to miss the Bucs game, including interim head coach Darrell Bevell.

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"Very strange experience," Bevell said. "I would probably use the word helpless, as you're sitting there just watching it on TV. I really felt like I needed to be there. I wanted to be there."

The Lions' offense looked helpless as well after quarterback Matthew Stafford hobbled off during the first quarter with an ankle injury.

Bevell hasn't completely ruled out Stafford for Sunday's game, though it seems unlikely he'll play. He's also battling a rib injury and didn't practice on Wednesday. If he can't go, Chase Daniel or Daniel Blough would get the call.

"With Matthew, I think the best thing for him is he's got the best feel and read for his body," Bevell said. "So we'll continue to progress like we normally do with him. Some of the other injuries are resolving, so we'll see how this injury on his ankle resolves by the end of the week."

--Field Level Media

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Minnesota Vikings

Detroit Lions

Player Position Lineup
Garrett Bradbury primary: Center Starter
Kirk Cousins primary: Quarterback Starter
C.J. Ham primary: Fullback Starter
Anthony Harris primary: Free Safety Starter
Jaleel Johnson primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Hercules Mata'afa primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Alexander Mattison primary: Runningback Starter
Brian O'Neill primary: Right Tackle Starter
Irv Smith Jr. 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
Rashod Hill primary: Left Tackle Starter
Dakota Dozier primary: Left Guard Starter
Justin Jefferson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jeff Gladney primary: Cornerback Starter
Ezra Cleveland primary: Right Guard Starter
D.J. Wonnum primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Harrison Hand primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Todd Davis primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Cordrea Tankersley primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Chad Beebe primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Mike Boone primary: Runningback Substitution
Tyler Conklin primary: Tight End Substitution
Bisi Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Brett Jones primary: Center Substitution
Dru Samia primary: Guard Substitution
Oli Udoh primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Armon Watts primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Eddie Yarbrough primary: Defensive End Substitution
Britton Colquitt primary: Punter Substitution
Dan Bailey primary: Kicker Substitution
Ameer Abdullah primary: Runningback Substitution
James Lynch primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Troy Dye primary: Linebacker Substitution
Josh Metellus primary: Safety Substitution
Dan Chisena primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Blake Lynch primary: Linebacker Substitution
Ryan Connelly primary: Linebacker Substitution
Hardy Nickerson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jordan Brailford primary: Defensive End Substitution
Dylan Mabin primary: Cornerback Substitution
Andrew DePaola primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Tae Hayes primary: Cornerback Substitution
Hale Hentges primary: Tight End Substitution
Dalvin Cook primary: Runningback Not active
Jalyn Holmes primary: Defensive End Not active
Eric Kendricks primary: Linebacker Not active
Ifeadi Odenigbo primary: Defensive End Not active
Sean Mannion primary: Quarterback Did not play
Cameron Dantzler primary: Cornerback Not active
K.J. Osborn primary: Wide Receiver Did not play
Kyle Hinton primary: Guard Not active
Chris Jones primary: Cornerback Not active
Player PositionLineup
Oday Aboushi primary: Right Guard Starter
Jamal Agnew primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Taylor Decker primary: Left Tackle Starter
T.J. Hockenson primary: Tight End Starter
Marvin Jones Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Christian Jones primary: Linebacker Starter
Romeo Okwara primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Amani Oruwariye primary: Cornerback Starter
Frank Ragnow primary: Center Starter
Matthew Stafford primary: Quarterback Starter
Jahlani Tavai primary: Linebacker Starter
Tracy Walker primary: Safety Starter
Duron Harmon primary: Safety Starter
Nick Williams primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Halapoulivaati Vaitai primary: Right Tackle Starter
Danny Shelton primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Reggie Ragland primary: Linebacker Starter
Darryl Roberts primary: Cornerback Starter
D'Andre Swift primary: Runningback Starter
Jonah Jackson primary: Left Guard Starter
John Penisini primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Mohamed Sanu Sr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Danny Amendola primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Austin Bryant primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jason Cabinda primary: Linebacker Substitution
Justin Coleman primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jarrad Davis primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mike Ford primary: Cornerback Substitution
Will Harris primary: Safety Substitution
Jesse James primary: Tight End Substitution
Kerryon Johnson primary: Runningback Substitution
Miles Killebrew primary: Safety Substitution
C.J. Moore primary: Safety Substitution
Matt Prater primary: Kicker Substitution
Jalen Reeves-Maybin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Dan Skipper primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Kevin Strong primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Jack Fox primary: Punter Substitution
Matt Nelson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Don Muhlbach primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Julian Okwara primary: Linebacker Substitution
Quintez Cephus primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Hunter Bryant primary: Tight End Substitution
Adrian Peterson primary: Runningback Substitution
Everson Griffen primary: Defensive End Substitution
Evan Brown primary: Center Substitution
David Blough primary: Quarterback Did not play
Tyrell Crosby primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Joe Dahl primary: Guard Not active
Kenny Golladay primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Chase Daniel primary: Quarterback Did not play
Jamie Collins Sr. primary: Linebacker Not active
Logan Stenberg primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Bobby Price primary: Safety Not active
Albert Huggins primary: Defensive Tackle Not active

Minnesota Vikings

Detroit Lions

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 28 Yards
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Pass Receiver: Alexander Mattison
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 43 Yards
    • Passer: Matthew Stafford
    • Pass Receiver: Marvin Jones Jr.
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 40 Yards
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Pass Receiver: Chad Beebe
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 54 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Matt Prater
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 4 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Ameer Abdullah
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 20 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
    • Passer: Matthew Stafford
    • Pass Receiver: Quintez Cephus
  • Period 3
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 2 Yards
    • Conv Receiver: Marvin Jones Jr.
    • Rusher: Adrian Peterson
    • Conv Passer: Matthew Stafford
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 23 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 2 Yards
    • Rusher: Alexander Mattison
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 26 Yards
    • Passer: Matthew Stafford
    • Pass Receiver: Marvin Jones Jr.
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
  • Period 4
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 2 Yards
    • Rusher: D'Andre Swift
    • Conv Passer: Matthew Stafford
    • Conv Receiver: Quintez Cephus
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Kirk Cousins
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • Match End


Last 10

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
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

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
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
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

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