The Vikings head to Detroit to challenge the Lions' fifth-ranked passing attack with a depleted secondary that's been embarrassing the past seven games.
Well, for starters, it's allowed quarterbacks to complete 71 percent of their passes with 18 touchdowns and no interceptions. And the Vikings have one of the best pass rushes in the league.
Of course, it doesn't help that the Vikings have used four left cornerbacks, three free safeties and been forced to use nine different combinations in the secondary.
"We talked in depth about it the last couple of days and what we can do to try and help our guys on the back end," Frazier said Wednesday. "We'll try some things. You can only do what you can do, but we'll try to offset what's happening with some of the quarterbacks that we're facing. This is a pass offense that we're facing (on Sunday).
"It will be a tremendous challenge for our secondary, but it's going to require more than our secondary to slow their pass offense down. We're going to need our front four to play big for us, along with our linebackers. If we can get that, then we'll be able to change some of those numbers."
The numbers weren't pretty in Week 3 when the Lions traveled to Mall of America Field and beat the Vikings 26-23 in overtime after trailing 20-0 at halftime.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 22 of 30 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns after halftime. Receiver Calvin Johnson had 101 yards receiving in the second half and overtime, including a 40-yarder with a great over-the-shoulder catch that set up the game-winning field goal.
With that loss, the Vikings fell to 0-3 and became the first team in NFL history to blow double-digit leads and lose in each of their first three games.
"I feel sick right now," running back Adrian Peterson said after that game.
Everyone in the locker room was at a loss to describe the first three games, including defensive end Jared Allen.
"What is it, fool me once, shame on you?" Allen said. "Fool me twice, shame on me. I don't even know what they call it for fool me three times. I don't even have a phrase to answer what is going on."
What's scary is the Vikings' secondary was at full strength against the Lions in that Week 3 loss. Antoine Winfield was healthy at left corner and Chris Cook was hitting his stride as a budding nickel back and Winfield's heir apparent. Winfield is now on injured reserve with a broken clavicle, while Cook is on paid leave from the team because he faces felony assault charges.
There is, however, some help on the way from last week. Cornerback Asher Allen, who hasn't played since injuring his left shoulder in the first quarter of the loss to Atlanta two weeks ago, is expected to start on Sunday. That would move Benny Sapp, who was out of work a month ago, back to nickel back.
"You could see the difference in the game when (Allen) wasn't in against Atlanta," Frazier said. "There was a glaring difference, even last week. We've grown to count on him, even in this short time. It would be a big boost to us if he's able to come back."
The Vikings could use a big boost. They've already clinched the worst start in franchise history. Now they have to go 2-2 the rest of the way just to avoid tying the 1984 team (3-13) for the most losses in team history.
Statistics show the fall of Vikings secondary
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