The Vikings will be a playing a numbers game with the Detroit Lions Sunday. Each number could have a bearing on how the Vikings approach the Lions and what kind of success they can expect to have.
0 – The number of interceptions the Lions have through three games.
3 – The number of Detroit receivers on pace to catch 85 or more passes this season. Calvin Johnson leads the team with 24 receptions for 369 yards and one touchdown, putting him on pace to catch 128 passes for 1,968 yards. Former Viking Nate Burleson (17 receptions) and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (16 receptions) are on pace to catch 91 and 85 passes, respectively.
7 – The number of sacks by the Detroit defense – all by its defensive linemen. Ndamukong Suh and Corey Williams lead the team with two sacks each and three others (Cliff Avril, Nick Fairley and Kyle Vanden Bosch) have one each. Five of the seven sacks have come from defensive tackles, which will have the Vikings' interior offensive linemen on alert.
18 – The number of times the Lions have scored in their first three games, scoring eight touchdowns and 10 field goals. Their opponents have also scored 18 times in three games, scoring 10 TDs and kicking eight field goals.
25 – The number of points the Lions have scored in the first half of games this year. They have managed just one touchdown while kicking six field goals.
31.8 – The average return yards opponents have on their four interceptions of Detroit passes.
37 – The number of points kicker Jason Hanson has scored through the first three games of the season, including making 7 of 8 kicks from 40 yards and beyond.
47 – The number of points the Lions have allowed in the first half of games this year, almost double the amount that they have scored.
56.3 – The percentage of points Detroit has scored that have come in the fourth quarter of games (49 of their 87 total points).
100.7 – The average number of yards more Detroit has gained per game than it has allowed. The Lions offense has run 219 plays while their opponents have run 177 plays.
109.3 – The combined passer rating of the quarterbacks that have played the Lions – a number more troubling when you consider those three quarterbacks are Sam Bradford, Alex Smith and Jake Locker.
135 – The number of passes the Lions have thrown this year, an average of 45 a game. They have 94 completions, which is just two less than their opponents have attempts.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.
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