Minnesota Vikings: Detroit Lions dish on their Sunday opponent


The Minnesota Vikings are looking forward to playing football on Sunday.

Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) sacks Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) in the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

After a very disappointing loss to the San Francisco 49ers during week one, this team that was many expert’s sleeper choice to be a playoff team and even contend for the division will look to rebound against the Detroit Lions.  However, the boys from Michigan are no pushovers.  They have a strong defense, an explosive offense, and some solid coaching.

For fun, I went over to the dark side and went to see what some of the players and coaches were saying about the upcoming game.  I found two good quotes from the Oakland Press website that I thought were fun.  The first was from cornerback Rashean Mathis, who is focused on stopping Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

"“It really didn’t matter how he showed up the last game, being that he didn’t have too many touches last game,’’ cornerback Mathis said. “We do expect a heavy dose,but if he had 50 touches last game we still would expect a heavy dose.’’"

The other really good quote came from Lions coach Jim Caldwell, who knows the threat that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater can be with his accuracy when given time.

"“You know, he’s a talented guy, obviously. It’s something that he’s been able to do and do consistently well. He places the ball accurately. Guys are catching the ball well for him,’’ coach Jim Caldwell said. “The big thing is with him, he’s not one-dimensional. So you’re going to have to address him from a number of different areas. Some guys you want to force out of the pocket and force them to throw on the run. He throws well on the run, he’s going to keep his eyes down the field as well.’’"

And, of course, the words of Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen following the crushing loss to the San Francisco 49ers have reached the ears of the Lions players.  If you don’t remember the quote, here it is from the ESPN website:

"“We’re going to beat Detroit. I’m very angry right now, as you can see, because we prepared way too hard to lose (on Monday). But we’re going to go out there and get ’em.”"

Detroit running back Joique Bell even took to Twitter to let everyone know that his words were heard.

The Detroit Lions sound prepared and ready for the Minnesota Vikings.  If this team doesn’t play much better than they did on Monday Night Football last week, fans could be in for a long game.  You can catch the game Sunday, September 20, 2015 at noon Central Time.  Be sure to check your local listings for time and availability.

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