Detroit faces off against the Vikings for the second and final time of the season, this time in Minnesota.
The last time these two teams played the season was still very young. It was Week 2 and the Brett Favre haters were still coming out in full force to ridicule his decision to come back and play.
Strong armed rookie Matthew Stafford had just come off his first career start against the Saints where he threw three interceptions and watched Drew Brees put the hurt on his defense.
Hoping to rebound Stafford and Crew put up a decent fight in the first half against the Vikes, going into the half winning 10-7. That didn't last long, 20 second half points by the Vikings and Favre's 85% completion percentage on the day put the Lions on ice.
Now its Week 10 and the Lions are hoping to have a better showing this time in Minnesota after coming so close Week 2. The only problem, the Vikings are better now than they were in Week 2, and believe it or not, the Lions are worse.
Brett Favre has shown all the haters that he still belongs under center in the NFL and has put the Vikings on his back and led them to a 7-1 record and a commanding lead in the NFC North standings.
Favre has thrown for over 1900 yards, 16 Touchdowns and an uncharacteristic 3 interceptions on the entire season. Favre has always been known as a gunslinger who on occasion makes some questionable throws. Not this year, Favre has been fantastic, and most importantly, he's been smart with the ball.
In addition to Favre the Vikings also have the best runningback in the NFL in Adrian Peterson, who quietly is 4th in the NFL in rushing with 784 yards, averaging an impressive 98 yards per game. The amazing thing is Peterson, who's previous high in receptions for a season is 21, in 2008, already has 19 with 8 games to play.
Peterson is already the most dangerous back in the NFL, add receiving skills to the list, and he is unstoppable, Defensive Coordinators are having fits trying to stop him. I do not envy the Lions this weekend.
Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson were reported to be feuding in last weeks game due to their inability to get on the same page. Johnson was targeted 9 times but only caught 2 of those balls thrown his way, for 26 yards. On the sideline you could see Stafford trying to talk to Johnson, and Johnson seemingly turning his head to ignore the Rookie signal caller.
Asked if there was a possible rift in their relationship, both Stafford and Johnson have said there are no issues and they are both cool with eachother.
I think the chemistry issues can be mostly attributed to both players missing time with knee injuries. Stafford has been back 2 weeks and says he is still trying to get comfortable but feels good with the knee this week. Johnson made his return last week, and looked like a Receiver that has missed 3 games. I expect them to be much better this week.
The Vikings have a really good run defense, but they can be thrown on, so Detroit has to take advantage of those matchups in the secondary to try and keep this game respectable. Bryant Johnson has emerged as a trustworthy target for Stafford during Megatrons absense, and with both of them in the lineup, Stafford should be albe to put together a decent game.
As previously mentioned, Minnesota is good against the run, Kevin Smith has been horrendous, almost unwatchable. His shoulder has been an issue for much of the year, but it's his legs that are the problem, and I don't see him getting back on track this week.
I honestly don't see the Lions having a chance to win this game. I know in the NFL any team can win on any given Sunday. But, Favre looks like a man on a mission, not just to stick it to Green Bay for letting him go, but to stick it to everyone else who says he was done. He's far from done, and unfortunately for the Lions, Favre is going to put his still top flight skills on display.
Prediction Vikings 31 Lions 17
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Written by Danny Shapiro
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