Coming off a whirlwind win over the Saints on Monday night, the Minnesota Vikings are back at home Sunday as they play host to the awful 0-4 Detroit Lions in a NFC North battle. The Lions are coming off a 34-7 loss at home to the Bears, and the questions in the post game were not only about the team losing 11 of their last 12 games, but also the job security of the coaching staff.
The Lions are so bad that the numbers simply tell only half the story. On offense, they are scoring only 16.5 points per game, rushing for 72 yards per game and throwing for 263 yards per game. The defense is even worse. They are allowing an NFL worst 36.8 points per game – 429 yards total per game on defense, 249 passing and 180 rushing. Sounds like time for the Lions to think about starting over.
Problem is there are 12 games left in the 2008 season, and the Lions are forced, like it or not – to play them. It starts this week vs the Vikings, a team that needed in the worst way to pull out a win in New Orleans. They realize that at 2-3 they need to get back to .500, and have a golden shot to do that at home Sunday.
Gus Frerotte has played okay in this three starts. Sunday vs Detroit he and Bernard Berrian should continue to develop the chemistry they found on Monday night at the SuperDome. Frerotte is never going to light the world on fire, but the bottom line is needs to stay within himself, not suffer bad turnovers, and make a few plays like he did vs the Saints.
The team will of course turn to workhorse back Adrian Peterson, who was for the most part held in check by the Siants. Look for AP to have the 32 yards he had Monday night midway through the first quarter against the porus Lions run defense. Peterson should be able to put up 125-150 yards against the Lions.
The Vikings D should also have party vs whoever plays QB for the Lions. Jon Kitna had back spasms last week in the loss and didn’t finish the game, and even backup Dan Orlovsky was hurt with an ankle sprain in the contest, and despite finishing it, he won’t be 100 percent for the game neither. Kitna still gives Detroit their best shot to win.
Minnesota’s defense has just eight sacks, but should have a good day vs the weak Lions O-line. Look for the Lions to have to be pass happy to want any chance to make this a game, as Jared Allen, Pat and Kevin Williams, and the rest of that D is going to make it near impossible to run, and won’t make throwing much easier.
Bottom line – the Vikings are going to dominate this contest. The Lions are awful top to bottom, and you will see over their last 12 games just why this team will be picking no worst than second in the 09 draft. Vikings move to 3-3 with a 21-point thrashing.