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Lions at Vikings NFL Capsule Week 3



STREAKS   16 of past 18
COACHES VS. OPP. Schwartz: 1-3 Frazier: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 48-3 vs. Chiefs L 24-20 vs. Buccaneers
LAST GAME 1/2/11: Vikings 13 at Lions 20. Detroit WR Nate Burleson records 6 catches for 83 yards & 1 TD as Lions race to 13-0 lead en route to division win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/26/10: Vikings 24, Lions 10. Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson rushes for 160 yards & 2 TDs, including 80-yard score in 3rd quarter.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Dick Stockton, John Lynch, Jaime Maggio (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 135 (Det.), 85 (Min.).  XM: 231 (Min.).


PASSING Stafford: 47-72-599-7 (T1L)-2-112.0 (3C) McNabb: 25-45-267-1-1-71.3
RUSHING Best: 37-129-3.5-1 Peterson: 41-218 (1C)-5.3-2 (T2L)
RECEIVING Burleson: 12-153-12.8-0 Harvin: 9-83-9.2-0
OFFENSE 421.0 292.5
TAKE/GIVE +6 (1L) +1
DEFENSE 291.0 (2C) 371.0
SACKS Vanden Bosch: 2 J. Allen: 1.5
INTs Houston: 2 (T1L) 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Donahue (R): 44.7 Kluwe: 45.4
KICKING Hanson: 21 (T2L) (9/9 PAT; 4/4 FG) Longwell: 13 (4/4 PAT; 3/3 FG)


LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD had 4 pass TDs last week, 3rd time in 1st 15 career starts he passed for 4+ TD. Only 2nd player in NFL history (HOFer FRAN TARKENTON) to accomplish feat…In 5 career Sept. games, RB JAHVID BEST has 544 scrimmage yards (108.8 per game; 253 rush, 291 rec.) & 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) …WR CALVIN JOHNSON ties for NFL lead with 4 rec. TDs. Since start of 2008, Johnson has 33 rec. TDs, most in NFL. In past 2 vs. Min., WR NATE BURLESON has 12 catches for 183 yards (91.5 per game) & TD. TE TONY SCHEFFLER has 20 receptions for 162 yards & 2 TDs in past 3 vs. Min. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Rookie WR TITUS YOUNG had career-high 5 catches & 89 yards last week…DT NDAMUKONG SUH had sack in last meeting. DE CLIFF AVRIL has 2.5 sacks in past 3 vs. Min. Aims for 4th meeting in row with 0.5+ sack. CB CHRIS HOUSTON aims for 3rd in row with INT…K JASON HANSON set NFL record by playing in 297th game with 1 club. Became 7th player in NFL history with 1,900 (1,911) points…VIKINGS: In 3 career games vs. Det., QB DONOVAN MC NABB has completed 67 of 98 (68.4 pct.) for 947 yards with 7 TDs vs. 1 INT for 118.9 rating. In 9/23/07 meeting (with Phi.), completed 21 of 26 (80.8 pct.) for 381 yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 158.3 rating. Incl. playoffs, when McNabb has 100+ rating (min. 10 att.), his teams are 46-3 (.939)…RB ADRIAN PETERSON had 120 yards & 2 TDs last week to set franchise record with 54 career rush TDs. Has rushed for 520 yards (130 per game) & 6 TDs in 4 home games vs. Det. Aims for 5th in row at home vs. Lions with 100+ yards. RB TOBY GERHART had 78 yards on 3 touches (26 per touch) last week…WR-KR PERCY HARVIN had 24-yard TD catch in last home game vs. Det. Has 14 catches in past 2 meetings. Has 7 TDs (6 rec., 1 rush) in division games… DE JARED ALLEN had 36-yard INT-TD in last meeting. Has 6.5 sacks in 7 games vs. Det. Since entering NFL in 2004, has NFL-best 84.5 sacks. Has 6.5 sacks in past 6 at home. CB ANTOINE WINFIELD had INT in last home game vs. Det.

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6 Responses to “Lions at Vikings NFL Capsule Week 3”

  1. Skol12 says:

    Looks like the Motor City Kitties will be moving to 3-0. We will have no chance against Detroit. AP will not be able to run between the tackles at all, Our line vs Fairly Suh, not a good matchup for Minnesota. That will put all the pressure on McNabb. Detroit will bring pressure while leaving 7 in the box most of the game, this game should determine weather McNabb can be a solid quarterback for the rest of the year or have a repeat of last season.

    Our defense matches up fairly well against Detroit’s offense, our Linebackers and DL will contain the run game, and Nate Burleson will not be a threat Antoine or Ced will be able to cover them, but Calvin Johnson will be a problem, a BIG problem. We will contain their entire offense other than Calvin Johnson who I see running over our smaller CB’s, and the only CB who matches up against him physically is Chris Cook who has struggled all season.

    Prediction: Det 27 Min 13.

  2. Lost Viking says:

    While you’re giving Lion two TDs the Las Vegas bookies have them 3 1/2 point favorite.

    Maybe they’re seeing a Minnesota team that just hasn’t put it together for full 60 minutes. The bookies probably aren’t concerned with Jahvid Best, Nick Fairley and Keiland Williams. If you give Matt Stafford time to throw he’ll hit is receivers outside. (Same goes for McNabb although his passes only go six yards).

    Agreed that Suh against Cooper is a mismatch but Herrera should throw him a couple of shots

  3. CalVkg says:

    if we’re gonna win a division game this year, it’ll prolly be at home against the lions or bears

    (man, i just stopped after reading that sentence and thought how much we’ve dropped. nothing else needs to be said)

    • B. Grant says:

      Let’s not write off all our games as losses just yet, guys and gals. My vote is to go ahead and play the games. Mark my words (and make me eat crow if I’m wrong), this Viking team will go at least 3-3 in the division. Those teams are good, but beatable.

  4. Pinwheel26 says:

    The Lions think it’s the fifties! We have to HURT carwreck Stafford, blitz often, don’t let him sit back there and hit Megatron, and get the ball to our playmakers.

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