Lions, Vikes prepare for unexpected schedule

The Detroit Lions' plans for their game next weekend in Minnesota are on tentative hold because of a scheduling conflict with the American League playoffs in Minneapolis. The team's contest could be moved to Monday.

The Lions' plans for their game next weekend in Minnesota are on tentative hold because of a scheduling conflict with the American League playoffs in Minneapolis.

With the collapse of the Detroit Tigers, who lost all three games of their season-ending three-game series with Kansas City, the Minnesota Twins won the AL Central Division title and, thereby, the home-field advantage for Tuesday, Wednesday and -- if necessary -- next Sunday.

If the fifth game of the Twins-Oakland series is played next Sunday, the Lions-Vikings game scheduled for the Metrodome the same day will have to be pushed back a day to Monday night.

Lions executive vice president and COO Tom Lewand said he talked to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday and "they would like to wait till the latest possible minute to move the game."

Coach Rod Marinelli said the Lions will go through their normal game week preparations and if they game is moved to Monday night, they will have an extra day at the end of the week to finish the preparations.

Lewand said there was no indication whether the Lions-Vikings would be part of an ESPN Monday night doubleheader or whether their game would be shown on ESPN2 and local broadcast outlets.

Had the Tigers won even one of their games with the Royals, they would have had the home field and the Lions-Vikings game would not have been an issue.


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