Atlanta Falcons (3-8) at St. Louis Rams (2-9)
Buffalo Bills (5-6) at Washington Redskins (5-6)
Houston Texans (5-6) at Tennessee Titans (6-5)
Jacksonville Jaguars (8-3) at Indianapolis Colts (9-2)
New York Jets (2-9) at Miami Dolphins (0-11)
San Diego Chargers (6-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-7)
Seattle Seahawks (7-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-6)
San Francisco 49ers (3-8) at Carolina Panthers (4-7)
Cleveland Browns (7-4) at Arizona Cardinals (5-6)
Denver Broncos (5-6) at Oakland Raiders (3-8)
New York Giants (7-4) at Chicago Bears (5-6)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4) at New Orleans Saints (5-6)
Cincinnati Bengals (4-7) at Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3)Monday
New England Patriots (11-0) at Baltimore Ravens (4-7)
Detroit Lions (6-5) at Minnesota Vikings (5-6)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
TV: FOX, Dick Stockton, Brian Baldinger
93rd meeting. Vikings lead series, 60-30-2. The Lions beat the Vikings on Sept. 16, 20-17, in overtime. But that was only their second victory over them in 16 games, and it was at Ford Field. They have lost nine in a row at the Metrodome.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Damien Woody, a guard and center throughout his career, will be the Lions' fourth right tackle of the season. Detroit is on pace to allow 68 sacks and must find a way to protect Kitna better. The best plan could be relying heavily on RB Kevin Jones again early. If he's effective, it would keep the crowd out of the game and help rest a defense that will be battling the league's top running game.
Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson has completed 27 of 34 (79 percent) passes the past two games, but his success hinges squarely on defenses overplaying the run. Minnesota expects to get rookie RB Adrian Peterson back to team with Chester Taylor, and the Vikings' game plan will be to wear the Lions down. Detroit allows just 3.7 yards per carry – the same number it limited Minnesota to in Week 2.
Lions: RT Jonathan Scott (hamstring) and CB Stanley Wilson (knee) were placed on Injured Reserve.
Vikings: Peterson (knee) will play, but will share the workload; CB Antoine Winfield (hamstring) was limited in practice, WR Troy Williamson (concussion) if doubtful and S Tank Williams (knee) is out.
The Lions' final five opponents have a combined 35-20 record.
Vikings S Darren Sharper is tied for fifth all-time with eight career INTs returned for touchdowns.
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