MINNESOTA (6-9) at DETROIT (5-10)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE – Vikings by 3 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD – Vikings 6-9, Lions 5-9-1
SERIES RECORD – Vikings lead 77-39-2
LAST MEETING – Vikings beat Lions 34-20 on Nov. 8 in Minneapolis
LAST WEEK – Vikings lost to Saints 52-33; Lions lost to Buccaneers 47-7
AP PRO32 RANKING – Vikings No. 21; Lions No. 30
VIKINGS OFFENSE – OVERALL (6), RUSH (6), PASS (18).
VIKINGS DEFENSE – OVERALL (27), RUSH (28), PASS (24).
LIONS OFFENSE – OVERALL (21), RUSH (T-30), PASS (11).
LIONS DEFENSE – OVERALL (31), RUSH (29), PASS (30).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — In six career starts against the Lions, Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is 5-1 with 1,518 yards passing, 13 touchdowns and one interception plus a 75.1% completion rate and one rushing score. His two highest passer ratings in three seasons with the Vikings have come against the Lions (141.7 earlier this season and 141.5 on Oct. 20, 2019). Cousins has already set his career high with 32 touchdown passes. … With a win, the Vikings would go 3-0 on the road against NFC North opponents for the third time in six seasons. Their division record on the road in seven years under coach Mike Zimmer is 10-9-1. … Vikings WR Justin Jefferson leads NFL rookies with 1,267 receiving yards, needing 111 yards to break Anquan Boldin’s rookie record from 2003. … Vikings RB Dalvin Cook, picked for his second straight Pro Bowl, will not play following the death of his father. He finished second in team history with 1,918 yards from scrimmage in just 14 games, behind only Adrian Peterson (2,314) in 2012. … Detroit QB Matthew Stafford needs 209 yards passing for his eighth 4,000-yard season, but he’s been dealing with thumb, rib and ankle injuries. … Lions DE Romeo Okwara has nine sacks this season. He and DE Everson Griffen are trying for their third game in a row with a sack. … Peterson, now with the Lions, has rushed for 541 yards and six TDs this season. … Detroit QB Chase Daniel played against Minnesota in the matchup earlier this season, going 8 of 13 for 94 yards with a TD and an interception. … Fantasy tip: The Lions were picked apart by Tom Brady in their most recent game, and Cousins should certainly have a chance to put up big numbers against them again. Minnesota may lean on the passing game even more with Cook out.
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