The Minnesota Vikings (2-3) appear to be picking up momentum even if their star running back is having a tough go of it. Adrian Peterson was held to 32 yards on 21 carries in Monday night’s road win against the Saints. That is sure to change this Sunday when the Vikings host the win less Detroit Lions.
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Poor play and front-office turmoil this season have established the Lions as perhaps one of the worst teams in recent memory.
Since 2001, Detroit was an NFL-worst 31-84 under general manager Matt Millen before finally firing him on Sept. 24. That change, though, failed to pay immediate dividends on the field. After a 34-7 loss to Chicago last week, the Lions (0-4) remain the only team without a point in the first quarter or a defensive interception at any point of a game.
To top it all off, the Lions this year have the fifth-worst offense in the NFL, averaging 16.5 points and 263.0 yards per game. They also have the second-worst rushing offense as rookie Kevin Smith and former Bengal Rudi Johnson have combined for 72.3 yards.
The Vikings (2-3) return to Minnesota after overcoming two second-half punt returns for touchdowns by New Orleans’ Reggie Bush in a 30-27 victory over the Saints on Monday night.
The win allowed the Vikings to move into a second-place tie with Green Bay in the NFC North. Following this contest, Minnesota will face the division-leading Bears on Oct. 19 before heading into its bye week.
Gus Frerotte, starting his third game last week after taking over at quarterback for Tarvaris Jackson, was 19-of-36 for 222 yards with one touchdown, and Antoine Winfield returned a blocked field goal attempt 59 yards for a score.
Reigning offensive rookie of the year Adrian Peterson, though, had his worst game as a starter, rushing for only 32 yards on 21 carries. Still, he’s third in the league with 452 rushing yards this season, and had 116 yards with two touchdowns Dec. 2 in the Vikings’ 42-10 home victory over the Lions.
It would have to be something completely out of left field for the Lions to come in and shock, so look for the Vikings to win at home.
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