In most seasons in Week Two, your NFC North (NFC Central previously) divisional leaders were either the Chicago Bears or Green Bay Packers. But a funny thing happened on the way to McAfee Coliseum and Lambeau Field last week. Both the Lions and Packers won their season openers. After these 2 play on Sunday, one of the teams will no longer be undefeated.
The Vikings, from all appearances, have their running back of the future in Oklahoma grad Adrian Peterson. He thrashed the Atlanta Falcons last week to the tune of 103 yards on the ground and caught a 60-yard pass for a touchdown. Depending on starting RB Chester Taylor’s health, Peterson may be asked to shoulder a heavier load this weekend. Quarterback Tavaris Jackson, as anyone who watched the Falcons-Vikings game can attest to, is a work in progress.
The Lions, as one would expect, will rely on their passing game in order to have any success against the Vikings. Wide receivers Calvin Johnson, Roy Williams and probably Mike Furrey should expect a track meet since the Lions’ running attack (or lack thereof) should be mediocre, at best. Expect respectable numbers from QB Jon Kitna, but even that won’t help the Lions win this Sunday at Ford Field. The Vikings secondary should be the difference in this inter-divisional matchup.