The date was Dec. 17, 2000. The Lions win an ugly game in poor weather at the Meadowlands 10-7 over the Jets. It wasn't a date to remember ... until much later.
The significance of that date? It was the last time the Lions have won a road game, a string that has extended to 21 straight games heading into their trip to the Metrodome. If the Vikings needed a confidence boost following their own four-game losing skid, nothing could bring more than knowing the Lions are 0-for-21 on the road.
The other key to bringing confidence back is that, after the Vikings giving up 663 yards on the ground in the last three weeks, the odds of the Lions repeating such form is minimal. Detroit ranks last among NFL teams in rushing, with a journeyman cast that includes Olandis Gary and Shawn Bryson at the wheel.
While some Vikings fans will remain skeptical until they see a win, the Lions could be just what the doctor ordered to fill the winning prescription.
* The Vikes can't blame injuries for their recent collapse. The only player listed on the injury report is usual suspect Raonall Smith, listed as questionable with his pesky, long-lasting hamstring injury.
* Who is going to catch passes for the Lions Sunday? Two key receivers -- Charles Rogers (collarbone) and Scotty Anderson (ankle) -- are both listed as out, while Eddie Drummond (ankle) is listed as doubtful. Other Lions injuries include LB James Davis (shoulder, out), LB Boss Bailey (shoulder, questionable), CB Dre Bly (leg, probable) and LB Barrett Green (groin, probable).
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