4 Bold Predictions: Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions – Week 16

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To secure a spot in this season’s playoffs, the Minnesota Vikings must come out of Sunday’s matchup against the Detroit Lions with a victory.

Since Mike Zimmer was hired in 2014, no team has defeated the Minnesota Vikings more than the Detroit Lions. The Vikings have suffered losses in five of their nine matchups with the Lions since 2014.

So it’s safe to say that Minnesota’s Week 16 game in Detroit on Sunday is not a guaranteed victory for the guys who will be wearing purple and gold. Even if the Lions have only won two of their last eight matchups this season.

But the Vikings are rolling high after putting 41 points up on the scoreboard during their win last week over the Miami Dolphins.

It was Minnesota’s first game with interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski calling the plays and it doesn’t seem like a stretch to believe that Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was pretty satisfied with his team’s performance on offense against the Dolphins.

Is this high level of play something Minnesota will be able maintain for the rest of the season? Sunday’s divisional matchup with Detroit could be a good way to find out.

When they actually take the field for this week’s game against the Lions, what are four things to expect from the Minnesota’s performance?

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