Lions vs. Vikings Week 4 Preview


The Lions really need a victory this weekend against Minnesota in order to head into their BYE with a 2-2 record.

No team wants to go into an off week fresh off a loss, especially when that defeat would give you a disappointing 1-3 record.

Last weekend, Detroit fell 44-41 in an overtime thriller. There were over 1,000 yards of total offense in the game, with the Lions amassing 583, 442 of which came of the passing variety.

It wasn't only Matthew Stafford though. Stafford was 33-of-42 for 278 yards and a touchdown, but hurt himself late on and was replaced by Shaun Hill, who went on to complete 10-of-13 passes for 172 yards and two scores.

Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson and Brandon Pettigrew all drew 12 targets, with Johnson racking up 10 catches for 164 yards and a score.

Week 3 also saw the debut of Mikel Leshoure and he lived up to the billing. He carried the ball 26 times for 100 yards and a score and added four receptions for 34 yards.

It may no be so easier for the Lions to move the ball up and down the field against the Vikings, who rank eighth in pass defense and thirteenth in stopping the run. Still, Detroit is explosive on the offensive side of the ball and being at home will certainly help their cause.

That's one reason we see the Lions favored by 4.5 points in the NFL odds for this NFC North clash.

It seems like a good situational play to back Detroit here, as they're coming off two straight losses and will host a Vikings team that will be getting a lot of love from the public after beating the San Francisco 49ers last weekend.


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