Minnesota Vikings (5-4) vs. Detriot Lions (4-4)
Where: Mall of America Field
When: Sunday, November 11, 12:oo PM CT
The reeling Vikings return home to the Metrodome for their second tilt with the Detroit Lions. Minnesota needs to rebound defensively after a series of poor efforts, especially against the run. They face a Lions offense that has righted the ship in recent weeks after struggling to produce. Calvin Johnson has only one TD catch on the season but remains a huge weapon for Matthew Stafford. The Vikings themselves will be hampered on offense by the loss of top receiver Percy Harvin who is nursing a sprained ankle. Adrian Peterson looks to have another big day against a Lions defense that sometimes struggles against the run.
Detroit’s defense has not been as dominating as expected, but they are still strong up front. Christian Ponder will have to stand tall in the pocket against Detroit’s sometimes potent pass rush. The Vikings have promised to change up their routes and protections to help Ponder, who after a strong start is beginning to fade.
Vikings: OUT: Percy Harvin (ankle; not official); DOUBTFUL: Letroy Guion (foot); PROBABLE: Jerome Felton (shoulder), Jared Allen (shoulder), Matt Kalil (knee), John Carlson (concussion), Chris Kluwe (knee), Adrian Peterson (ankle), Jerome Simpson (leg), Mistral Raymond (ankle), Antoine Winfield (knee), Jamarca Sanford (knee)
Lions: OUT: Louis Delmas (knee), Amari Spievey (concussion); QUESTIONABLE: Cliff Avril (back), Titus Young (knee), Calvin Johnson (knee), Corey Hilliard (knee), Corey Williams (knee); PROBABLE: DeAndre Levy (hamstring), Chris Houston (illness), Stephen Tulloch (knee), Erik Coleman (toe)
Point Spread: DETROIT -2.5
Where to Watch/Listen
Terrestrial Radio: KFAN 100.3 and Network
Online: NFL Audio Pass
Satellite: Sirius 138
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