The Vikings have sold enough tickets to classify Sunday's game as a virtual sellout and have it shown on local television.
The Vikings' string of sellouts will continue this week, as more than 2,500 of the 4,000 tickets that were remaining as of last week have been sold and the Vikings have reached the threshold to assure there won't be a blackout.
It's unknown how many of those tickets were purchased by Vikings fans or renewed Lions fans. In the end, it doesn't really matter. The good news for fans without tickets is that the Vikings will be shown locally on TV this weekend. The bad news is that the Lions aren't the cure-all to the team's ills that they have been over the last 15 years (the Lions haven't won in the Metrodome since Randy Moss
arrived in 1998).
It's possible that those gobbling up tickets are doing so to watch the Lions, not the Vikings. For those Vikings fans that are keeping the faith through the rough start to the 2011 season, being able to see their favorite team on Sunday is assured. Now the question is – what about the next game?
That will be Arizona and, if the Vikings want to sell the remaining tickets for that game, they will have to be playing a lot better in order for those tickets to move.
Things have not gone well for Tyrell Johnson recently and they just got worse. Early Tuesday morning, Johnson was charged with DWI after being pulled over at approximately 2 a.m. He was given a field sobriety test that came back at 0.12 – above Minnesota's legal limit of 0.08 for blood-alcohol concentration.
The Vikings set an ignominious record on Sunday, become the first team in NFL history to lose its first two games after holding a double-digit lead at halftime in both.
With Kevin Williams returning to practice, the Vikings cut DE Adrian Awasom from the 53-man roster.
Nate Burleson used to love the Metrodome; now, not so much. He explained to the Detroit media that the reason the Dome is so uncomfortable is because "it's so claustrophobic" – giving the impression that veteran Lions players believe the Dome is an opponent as well as the Vikings.
The Lions haven't started a season 3-0 since 1980.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.