Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
Detroit Lions Preview
The Detroit Lions have lost five straight games and are guaranteed to finish with a losing record for the second straight year under coach Matt Patricia. The Lions have led in every game this season but only have three wins to show for it. Detroit has been ravaged by injuries, particularly on offense.
Starting quarterback Matthew Stafford (back) is expected to miss his fifth straight game, and backup Jeff Driskel (hamstring) was placed on IR this week. Rookie David Blough, who passed for 280 yards in his NFL debut against Chicago on Thanksgiving, is expected to make his second straight start. Tight end T.J. Hockenson (ankle), the team’s first-round draft pick, was also placed on IR.
Minnesota Vikings Preview
The Minnesota Vikings had won six of seven games prior to Monday night’s 37-30 loss at Seattle. They allowed 37 points and 444 yards to the Seahawks but they’ll feel comfortable playing in U.S. Bank Stadium, where they’re 5-0 this season. Quarterback Kirk Cousins surpassed the 3,000-yard mark this season with 276 yards against the Seahawks.
He’s thrown 20 touchdown passes against just two interceptions in the last eight games. Two of his primary weapons, running back Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and wide receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring), are question marks this week, though Cook has vowed to play. Left tackle Riley Reiff, a former Lion, is in the league’s concussion protocol.