Vikings-Lions game scout

Get the basics for Sunday's game between the Vikings and Lions – the keys to the game, fast facts and notes on each team.

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Detroit Lions (0-2) at Minnesota Vikings (0-2)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET
GAMEDATE: 9/26/10
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX (Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston)


Shaun Hill might have an argument that he's playing better than Brett Favre two games into the season. Favre, who also started slow in 2009, has four interceptions — he didn't throw No. 4 until Dec. 6 last season — and shows no sense of timing with his receivers. RB Adrian Peterson should get the ball often, as the Lions have allowed five touchdowns to running backs in two games.

The Vikings defense isn't at full strength. The secondary is still coming together but caught a break since Nate Burleson (ankle) isn't there to help draw attention away from Calvin Johnson. Johnson has been targeted 21 times this season but hasn't pulled in enough passes.


  • The Lions have zero rushing touchdowns in the last six meetings with the Vikings.

  • DE Jared Allen has 30 sacks with Minnesota, a team record for the most in the first three seasons as a Viking.

  • QB Brett Favre needs two touchdown passes to become the first player in NFL history to throw for 500 and 275 yards passing to become the first to throw for 70,000 yards.


  • Favre broke the NFL record for most consecutive starts in his first game against Detroit as a member of the Vikings on Sept. 20, 2009. Favre threw two touchdown passes and had a 115.3 passer rating in a 27-13 victory.

  • RB Adrian Peterson ran for 133 yards against the Lions on Nov. 15, 2009, making him the seventh Viking to reach 4,000 rushing yards in a career. That set a team record and tied for fourth in NFL history for fewest games needed to reach 4,000.

  • DT Kevin Williams had a career-high four sacks against Detroit on Oct. 12, 2008, which tied for the most in a single game in 2008 and ranks tied for second in franchise history.

  • LB Chad Greenway intercepted two passes off Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and returned them for a combined 49 yards when the Vikings played the Lions on Sept. 20, 2009. That performance earned Greenway NFC Player of the Week honors.

  • The Vikings have swept the Lions eight times since 2000 and Detroit hasn't scored a rushing touchdown on the Vikings in the past six meetings, dating to Oct. 8, 2006.

  • The Vikings have an all-time record of 165-123-5 against the NFC North and are 91-54-1 in home games against the division.


  • Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has never lost to the Lions on his home field, but he's not putting any credence on that. "I never paid any attention to it, I really haven't," he said. "A lot of the guys I am playing against week in and week out have no idea I even played in the Super Bowl in 1996."

  • The Lions have yet to exhibit any kind of power running game. The only supposed power back on the roster is FB Jerome Felton and the Lions use him almost exclusively as a blocker. But if coach Jim Schwartz is worried about that, he isn't saying. "It doesn't matter how you run the football. It's a matter of do you put it in the end zone," he said. "There's a lot of different ways to skin a cat. You'd like to pick up those third-and-ones and fourth-and-ones, but if you have to get it with a quarterback sneak or with a fullback or with a tailback or with a pass, the bottom line is getting it. And we do need to do a better job of that."

  • RB Jahvid Best had five carries for no gain or loss on Sunday and picked up just two yards rushing in the second half. When asked if he was bothered by the negative yardage, he said, "The only stat that bothers me is no wins."

  • QB Shaun Hill when asked if he gets any extra juice from playing against Brett Favre: "It's not me against Brett Favre," he said. "It the Lions against the Vikings, our offense against their defense."

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