KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:05 ET
TV: FOX, Matt Vasgersian, JC Pearson, Jennifer Hammond
SERIES: 92nd meeting. Vikings lead series, 60-29-2, giving them their most victories over any opponent versus the Lions. The Vikings' 10-game winning streak against Detroit is the longest in the NFL by a team against an opponent.
PREDICTION: Lions 24 - Vikings 16
KEYS TO THE GAME: Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson will again be asked to simply manage the game as long as Minnesota doesn't fall behind by more than a score. The emphasis is on ground game, which could rely more on rookie RB Adrian Peterson if Chester Taylor isn't able to go. If the Lions have a defensive strength, it's against the run, and DT Shaun Rogers needs to lead the effort. ... The Lions desperately want to get out to an early lead and force the Vikings into their type of game -- which would be high scoring. Minnesota scored two defensive touchdowns last Sunday and Lions QB Jon Kitna is certainly prone to turnovers. Expect Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz to spread the field in an attempt to negate the blitz packages the Vikings used effectively in beating Atlanta.
KEY INJURIES: Vikings: Taylor (hip) won't be 100 percent if he's able to play at all; FB Tony Richardson (bruised forearm) should play. Lions: RB Kevin Jones (foot) and backup RB T.J. Duckett (ankle) aren't expected to play.
FAST FACTS: The Vikings are 5-0 at Ford Field. ... Lions WR Roy Williams has a touchdown catch in four consecutive games.
INSIDE THE STRATEGY:
Vikes will likely try to blitz Detroit
The Vikings look like they will blitz more often this season, and the Lions will be ready Sunday.
"They're going to blitz us," offensive coordinator Mike Martz said. "I can promise you they'll blitz us this week. We've got to make sure we understand where they're coming from and how to pick them up."
The Lions' Jon Kitna was sacked 63 times last season, more than any other quarterback in the NFL. But the Lions have improved their protection, bringing in offensive line coach Jim Colletto, left guard Edwin Mulitalo and right tackle George Foster.
In Sunday's opener at Oakland, the line didn't really allow a sack. The team allowed two, but one was a coverage sack when tight end Dan Campbell finally lost a battle and the other was a scramble that went for no gain.
"I think the offensive line was a little bit further along," Martz said. "With all the protections that we have, I think they did a real good job with it. And they'll get challenged this week.
"I'm sure they'll pressure us, come after us. We've just got to be able to deal with that pressure."