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Lions bring improved special teams, run game into second matchup against Vikings
Josh Katzenstein – Detroit New
Since that 1-3 start, the Lions have won three out of four, including a 31-14 thrashing of the Jaguars last week.
The Vikings, meanwhile, have been in a tailspin in recent weeks, losing three out of four and allowing at least 30 points in each of the losses.
“I don’t think it’s crisis,” Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said. “We’ve just got to be more consistent.”
The Call: Vikings vs. Detroit
It’s a shame Christian Ponder and the defense squandered Adrian Peterson’s masterful performance last week in Seattle. With Percy Harvin’s left ankle likely keeping him sidelined today, Peterson will need to deliver even more. Fortunately, the All-Pro running back seems up to the challenge. Vikings 24, Lions 23
Lions, Vikings have changed since first meeting
Dave Campbell – Associated Press
Detroit and Minnesota are due for their second of two annual matchups. The Lions and Vikings might need a reintroduction to each other, even though they’re NFC North foes that played just six weeks ago.
They’ve each looked a lot different on the field lately, since that convincing Sept. 30 victory in Detroit by Minnesota.
Detroit Lions’ Fate Tied to Matthew Stafford’s Arm, Not Running Game
Greg Eno – Bleacher Report
The Detroit Lions scored four rushing touchdowns last Sunday in Jacksonville. They have 10 rushing TDs thus far, a pace that would give them 20 for the season, which would eclipse 2011’s mark by 11.
The game in Jacksonville was an anomaly of immense proportions. The 10 rushing TDs so far in 2012 are cute and all, nothing more.
Get it out of your head if you think the Lions have established a running game that will make them a quote-unquote balanced team.
Vikings defense hopes to rebound vs. Lions
Brian Hall – FoxSportsNorth.com
Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said the “sky is not falling” after back-to-back losses. Defensive end Jared Allen said this week’s game against the Detroit Lions is “huge. …I’d be lying to you if I said it was just another game.”