Vikings-Lions Game Snapshot

<B>KICKOFF: </B>Sunday, 1:00 ET <BR><B>GAMEDATE: </B>12/19/04 <BR><B>SURFACE: </B>FieldTurf <BR><B>TV: </B>FOX, Sam Rosen, Bill Maas, Jay Glazer; DirecTV, 712

Minnesota Vikings (7-6) at Detroit Lions (5-8)


SERIES

This is the 87th meeting. The Vikings lead 55-29-2, including 25-17-1 at Detroit.

CB Moe Williams' 1-yard touchdown run with 5:27 left and Antoine Winfield's interception on Detroit's final drive of the game sealed a 22-19 Vikings victory at the Metrodome on Nov. 21.

2004 RANKINGS

Vikings:
offense 3rd (14th rush, 2nd pass); defense 27th (23rd rush, 25th pass).

Lions: offense 30th (21st rush, 28th pass); defense 19th (21st rush, 19th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME

The Lions have jumped 11 spots in the rushing standings since the Vikings' 22-19 comeback victory over Detroit last month. The Lions held a 19-7 lead and rushed for 128 yards, and they will again turn to rookie RB Kevin Jones.

The Vikings allow 4.9 yards per carry, and the Lions' best shot is to move the ball on the ground because QB Joey Harrington is mired in a prolonged slump. Minnesota will likely be without CB Antoine Winfield again, so Harrington will take a few shots to help take attention away from Jones.

The Vikings' offense is working better with WR Randy Moss near full strength and stretching the field. Minnesota will pound away with RB Onterrio Smith early in an attempt to set up QB Daunte Culpepper to work against a Lions defense susceptible to big pass plays.

FAST FACTS

Vikings


  • Lead the series 55-29-2 and have won nine of the past 10 meetings.

  • Culpepper needs three rushing yards to move past Herschel Walker (2,264) for 12th place in franchise history.

    Lions

  • Jones needs to average 47 rushing yards the final three games to reach 1,000.

  • With 150 rushing yards, Jones would become the first rookie in NFL history with three consecutive 150-yard games.



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