Vikings-Lions game scout

The Vikings end their regular season Sunday and Joe Webb's mobility could be a key to the game.

Minnesota Vikings (6-9) at Detroit Lions (5-10)
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Cincinnati Bengals (4-11) at Baltimore Ravens (11-4)
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Oakland Raiders (7-8) at Kansas City Chiefs (10-5)
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Chicago Bears (11-4) at Green Bay Packers (9-6)
New York Giants (9-6) at Washington Redskins (6-9)
San Diego Chargers (8-7) at Denver Broncos (4-11)
Arizona Cardinals (5-10) at San Francisco 49ers (5-10)
St. Louis Rams (7-8) at Seattle Seahawks (6-9)

Minnesota Vikings (6-9) at Detroit Lions (5-10)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET
GAMEDATE: 1/2/11
SURFACE: Field Turf
TV: FOX, Ron Pitts, John Lynch, Jennifer Hammond

KEYS TO THE GAME: Rookie QB Joe Webb is expected to make his second start for the Vikings, and is coming off an impressive victory at Philadelphia in which he made plays with his arm and legs. More important, he avoided turnovers and let RB Adrian Peterson shoulder a heavy load. If Peterson gets off to a strong start, the Vikings can move the pocket for Webb and set up high percentage passes. The Lions hope WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) can play and provide QB Shaun Hill with a vertical threat. Protection for Hill is key with Minnesota sacking Michael Vick six times Tuesday.


  • Brandon Pettigrew has set the Lions' single-season franchise records for tight ends with 68 catches for 703 yards.

  • Minnesota has won 22 of the past 25 meetings.

  • The Vikings' 66 victories against the Lions are their most against any opponent in the NFL.

  • The Lions won the first five games of the series from 1961-63 but have won 25 of the 93 games since that streak.

  • The Vikings, who will be going for a sweep of the Lions, have won both games in a season from Detroit eight times since 2000.

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

    Peterson ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries against the Lions in the first meeting this season between the teams on Sept. 26. Peterson had an 80-yard touchdown run in the 24-10 victory.

  • DT Kevin Williams had a career-high four sacks against the Lions on Oct. 12, 2008, tying for second in Vikings history for most sacks in a single game.

  • QB Brett 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 completed 23 of 27 passes and threw two touchdowns in the Vikings' 27-13 victory.

  • P Chris Kluwe set a team record with a 57.5-yard gross punting average (230 yards on four punts) on Sept. 16, 2007 at Detroit. That broke Mitch Berger's record of 55.8 yards gross punting on Nov. 15, 1998 against Cincinnati.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 1 - Games the Lions have won against the Vikings at Ford Field since the building opened in 2002. Minnesota's lone loss to the Lions in the building came on Sept. 16, 2007 when Detroit won 20-17 in overtime. The Vikings did lose to the Giants at Ford Field on Dec. 13 in a game that was moved from the Twin Cities after the roof of the Metrodome collapsed.

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