Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions Preview and Predictions 10-20-2019

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The Detroit Lions let a key divisional win slip away last week, but they get another shot when they host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Both teams are trying to keep pace with NFC North-leading Green Bay.

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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 told reporters. 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.


1. Stafford needs 87 to become the fastest player to 40,000 passing yards in NFL history (147 games).

2. Minnesota WR Adam Thielen has recorded at least six receptions and a touchdown in back-to-back contests.

3. Vikings DE Everson Griffen has registered a sack in four straight games against Detroit.

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Last Injuries

Detroit Lions

  • C.J. Moore

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Moore was held out of the last game due to a calf injury, and it is uncertain if he will be active Sunday versus the Saints.

  • Desmond Trufant

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Trufant has sat out the previous two games with a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will draw back into the lineup Sunday against the Saints.

  • Hunter Bryant

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Bryant has missed the past three game due to a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut against the Saints on Sunday.

  • Nick Williams

    Prob Sun | probable

    Williams was held out of the last game due to a shoulder injury, but he is projected to be in the lineup Sunday versus the Cardinals.

  • Halapoulivaati Vaitai

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Vaitai has missed the past two games with a foot injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be on the field against the Cardinals on Sunday.

  • Kenny Golladay

    Prob Sun | probable

    Golladay has been unavailable for the previous two games due to a hamstring injury, but he is expected to make his season debut Sunday against the Cardinals.

  • Joe Dahl

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Dahl has wound up on the injured reserve list due to a groin injury, and there is no indication when he will return to the fold.

  • Darryl Roberts

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Roberts has a calf injury, and it is uncertain if he will play Sunday versus the Packers.

Minnesota Vikings

  • Mike Hughes

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hughes sat out the previous game due to a neck injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Texans on Sunday.

  • Cameron Dantzler

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Dantzler has missed the past two games with injured ribs, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday versus the Texans.

  • Troy Dye

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Dye has been assigned to the injured reserve list with a mid-foot sprain, and it is unknown how long he will be debilitated.

  • Riley Reiff

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Reiff is dealing with an ankle injury, and it is undetermined if he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Titans.

  • Kris Boyd

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Boyd is hobbled by a hamstring injury, and it remains to be seen if he will participate in Sunday's tilt versus the Titans.

  • Mike Boone

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Boone left the last game to be evaluated for a concussion and did not return. It is unknown if he will be cleared in time for Sunday's matchup against the Titans.

  • Anthony Barr

    I-R | I-R

    Barr has been added to the injured reserve list due to a torn pectoral muscle.

  • Danielle Hunter

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Hunter has landed on the injured reserve list due to a neck injury, and he will miss an extended period.