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

Complete TV: CBS U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis
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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


Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings

Dalvin Cook rushed for a career-high 206 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard scamper, and Kirk Cousins threw three touchdown passes as the Minnesota Vikings manhandled the Detroit Lions 34-20 on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Cook, who has scored six touchdowns in the last two games, carried 22 times and also caught two passes for 46 yards. Cousins passed for 220 yards, while tight end Irv Smith Jr. had two receiving touchdowns. Alexander Mattison added 69 rushing yards for the Vikings (3-5).

Detroit's Matthew Stafford passed for 211 yards and a touchdown but was also intercepted twice. He left the game in the fourth quarter and was being evaluated for a concussion.

Danny Amendola caught seven passes for 77 yards, while T.J. Hockenson and Marvin Jones Jr. caught touchdown passes for the Lions (3-5).

Minnesota never trailed and led 20-10 at halftime.

The Vikings scored on their first two possessions. Cousins completed a pair of 22-yard passes on their opening drive and Cook finished it off with a 5-yard run.

Following a missed Lions field goal, Minnesota struck again. Cousins' 30-yard completion to Adam Thielen set up a 9-yard scoring pass to Smith. The extra point try was missed, leaving the score at 13-0.

Detroit got on the board with a 23-yard Matt Prater field goal with 8:24 left in the half.

An eight-play, 72-yard drive allowed the Lions to pull within three points. Stafford connected with Jones for a 15-yard score to complete it.

The Vikings quickly answered on Cousins' 22-yard scoring strike to Ameer Abdullah.

Cousins' third scoring pass, a 1-yard toss to Smith, made it 27-10 midway through the third quarter.

The Lions had a chance to creep closer after blocking a punt deep in Minnesota territory but Stafford was picked off in the end zone by linebacker Eric Kendricks.

Detroit cut the Vikings' lead to 27-13 with 11:07 remaining on Prater's 45-yard field goal.

On the next play from scrimmage, Cook broke a tackle a few yards downfield and then streaked along the left side on his 70-yard run.

Lions backup quarterback Chase Daniel hit Hockenson with a 2-yard scoring pass with 6:58 left.

--Field Level Media