Vikings-Lions Snapshot

Get the weekend's slate of games, along with the series history against the Lions, the rankings, fast facts and keys to the game.

Sunday
Atlanta Falcons (6-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-9)
Baltimore Ravens (9-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (7-5)
Indianapolis Colts (10-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5)
Minnesota Vikings (5-7) at Detroit Lions (2-10)
New England Patriots (9-3) at Miami Dolphins (5-7)
New York Giants (6-6) at Carolina Panthers (6-6)
Oakland Raiders (2-10) at Cincinnati Bengals (7-5)
Philadelphia Eagles (6-6) at Washington Redskins (4-8)
Tennessee Titans (5-7) at Houston Texans (4-8)
Green Bay Packers (4-8) at San Francisco 49ers (5-7)
Seattle Seahawks (8-4) at Arizona Cardinals (3-9)
Buffalo Bills (5-7) at New York Jets (7-5)
Denver Broncos (7-5) at San Diego Chargers (10-2)
New Orleans Saints (8-4) at Dallas Cowboys (8-4)
Monday
Chicago Bears (10-2) at St. Louis Rams (5-7)

Minnesota Vikings (5-7) at Detroit Lions (2-10)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 12/10/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX, Ron Pitts, Jesse Palmer, Jennifer Hammond

SERIES

91st meeting in the series, which began in 1961 with a 27-point victory by the Lions. The Vikings hold a 59-29-2 advantage, including the current nine-game winning streak that dates back to Oct. 13, 2002.

2006 RANKINGS

Vikings:
offense 14th (13th rush, 14th pass); defense 5th (1st rush, 26th pass).

Lions: offense 16th (31st rush, 6th pass); defense 26th (22nd rush, 25th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME

Despite throwing four touchdown passes and 10 interceptions the past six games, QB Brad Johnson is likely to remain the Vikings' starter for at least one more week. Backup Brooks Bollinger has a separated left shoulder and rookie Tarvaris Jackson admitted he's probably not ready to take over yet.

The Vikings are still on the outskirts of the playoff picture and should be in good shape against the Lions as long as RB Chester Taylor is able to play through bruised ribs and help control the field position.

Detroit knows it isn't likely to win the game on the ground against the league's top-ranked run defense. Look for offensive coordinator Mike Martz to spread the field and attack Minnesota's shaky secondary. Even backup quarterback Josh McCown was used as a receiver in several packages last weekend.

FAST FACTS

Vikings:
Have won the past nine meetings. ... S Darren Sharper has eight career interceptions against Detroit, his most against any opponent.

Lions: WR Roy Williams is the team's first 1,000-yard receiver since Johnnie Morton had 1,154 in 2001. ... Detroit and Oakland are the only teams officially eliminated from the playoffs.


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