Vikings-Lions Snapshot

Get the series history, rankings and keys to the game for Sunday's matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions.

Detroit Lions (3-4) at Minnesota Vikings (2-5)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/06/05
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX, Curt Menefee, JC Pearson, Jay Glazer

SERIES

88th game in a series that began when the Vikings debuted in the NFL in 1961. The Vikings dominated the series through the late 1960s and 1970s and will go into the Sunday game with 10 wins in the last 11 meetings. The Lions haven't beaten Minnesota since the 2001 season and haven't won at the Metrodome since 1997.

2005 RANKINGS

Lions: offense 29th (22nd rush, 27th pass); defense 10th (13th rush, 14th pass).

Vikings: offense 24th (27th rush, 15th pass); defense 27th (29th rush, 23rd pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME

The Vikings have spent significant time during the week adjusting the offense to better suit 37-year-old QB Brad Johnson, who replaces injured Daunte Culpepper. Minnesota must get a strong game from its offensive line and RB Mewelde Moore to keep the heat off the immobile Johnson.

Lions RB Kevin Jones has yet to produce a 100-yard rushing game this season, but this might be his best opportunity against a Vikings run defense allowing 137.6 yards per game.

Detroit's passing attack has its own injury concerns, with the status of QB Jeff Garcia and WR Roy Williams uncertain. The Lions only attempted five passes last Sunday that traveled more than 10 yards, but look for coordinator Ted Tollner to attempt more shots downfield after Vikings CB Fred Smoot, who is battling a shoulder injury, was torched by Carolina last week.

FAST FACTS

Lions: Have not won in Minnesota since 1997. ... Coach Steve Mariucci needs one victory for his 75th for his career.

Vikings: Have been outscored 94-10 in the second quarter this season. ... Johnson will make his 100th career start.


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