Vikings-Lions Game Snapshot

Get the series history, rankings, keys to the game and fast facts as the Vikings and Lions prepare for a Metrodome showdown.

Buffalo Bills (2-2) at Chicago Bears (4-0)
Cleveland Browns (1-3) at Carolina Panthers (2-2)
Detroit Lions (0-4) at Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
Miami Dolphins (1-3) at New England Patriots (3-1)
St. Louis Rams (3-1) at Green Bay Packers (1-3)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2) at New Orleans Saints (3-1)
Tennessee Titans (0-4) at Indianapolis Colts (4-0)
Washington Redskins (2-2) at New York Giants (1-2)
Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) at Arizona Cardinals (1-3)
New York Jets (2-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2)
Oakland Raiders (0-3) at San Francisco 49ers (1-3)
Dallas Cowboys (1-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2) at San Diego Chargers (2-1)
Baltimore Ravens (4-0) at Denver Broncos (2-1)

Detroit Lions (0-4) at Minnesota Vikings (2-2)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/08/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX, Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Chris Myers


90th meeting in a series that began in 1961. Although the Lions won the first five games against the expansion Vikings, they trail the overall series 29-58-2 and have lost the eight games between the two teams. Their last win at the Metrodome was a 14-13 nail-biter in 1997.


Lions: offense 16th (29th rush, 7th pass); defense 26th (10th rush, 30th pass).

Vikings: offense 16th (22nd rush, 11th pass); defense 10th (11th rush, 14th pass)


The Vikings have been their own worst enemy by averaging 9.5 penalties per game, handicapping an offense that lacks big-time playmakers. Minnesota relies on sustaining long drives and controlling field position, but expect QB Brad Johnson to take more shots against the Lions' struggling secondary. Detroit isn't rushing the passer well, leaving the corners to cover far too long.

But the Lions do have a solid run defense that could provide a boost if it's able to shut down Vikings RB Chester Taylor and allow the safeties to concentrate on providing support in the passing game. Detroit's offense is showing progress in coordinator Mike Martz's system. They key is the line creating holes for RB Kevin Jones and time for QB Jon Kitna. The Vikings have solid cover men, so Kitna must be accurate because the Lions can't afford to lose the turnover battle.


Lions: Have lost eight consecutive games in the Metrodrome. ... WR Roy Williams seeks his third consecutive 100-yard receiving game.

Vikings: Have won the past eight meeting overall. ... QB Brad Johnson has won his past five starts against Detroit.

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