Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions: Preview, Start Time, TV, Live Stream


The Detroit Lions will welcome NFC North rival, the Minnesota Vikings to Detroit in week 7. The two teams faced each other in week two. The Vikings won 26-16.


October 25th, 2015 – 1:00 PM/ET


Ford Field- Detroit, Michigan




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Josh Bynes, Rashean Mathis and Larry Warford

Sep 20, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) looks down after the game against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings won 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports


The last showdown was an embarrassing one for the Detroit Lions as they could never establish an offensive run at any point in the game. Meanwhile, for the Vikings, this was probably their best showing of the 2015 season so far.

The Vikings offense has struggled to move the ball so far this season. Especially second year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who’s only thrown three passing touchdowns in 2015. Because of this, the Vikings rank 32nd in passing offense in the NFL. Adrian Peterson must step up for the Vikings.

The Lions offense finally showed up in a win over the Bears last week. unfortunately it came six weeks too late and now the Lions are playing a game of catch up that no team has ever won.

The Vikings have a strong lead over the Lions as far as all time meetings goes with a record of 70-36-2. But it’s the Lions who have ruled this rivalry in the 2010’s. The Lions are currently 6-5 against the Vikings since 2010.

Keys to victory for the Lions

Stop Adrian Peterson

If the Lions hope to beat the Vikings on Sunday, they must stop Adrian Peterson and make Teddy Bridgewater try to beat the Lions with his arm. Peterson has always tormented the Lions, so this will be quite a tall task. But the Lions are coming off nice performance in which they held the NFL’s current rushing leader Matt Forte, under 100 yards. This made the Bears offense one-dimensional and held the Bears to multiple field goals.

Cut down on the turnovers and penalties

The Lions probably would have beat the Bears in regulation, and by a touchdown or two if they did not set the Bears up with multiple short fields on Sunday. The Lions two muffed punts, led to a touchdown and a field goal for the Bears and ultimately put them back in the game.

The Lions also helped the Bears move the ball with countless back-breaking penalties. Most notably on the Bears final drive of regulation when the Lions racked up two pass interference calls that moved the Bears into field goal range. The Lions must break these habits if they hope to turn things around.

Mike Payton is an Editor at SideLion Report. He is from Holland, Michigan by way of Warren, Michigan. He considers himself to be obsessed with the Detroit Lions. Mike’s work has been featured on ESPN Radio, Fox Sports Radio, CBS Sports Radio and si.com. Mike is also a weekly contributor on It is what is with Sean Baligian on ESPN 96.1 and a contributor for The Holland Sentinel. Follow Mike Payton on Twitter@SLR_Mike

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