Going into last weeks' game against Seattle, we knew that in order for the Vikings to be Kings of the North, they had to run the table. A complete 3rd quarter collapse in that game stopped that before it even got started.

Now, they not only have to take care of their own business to win the division but they need some help. Both Minnesota and Green Bay have three division games left and the Vikings (8-4) have all three of them at home. First up, the Detroit Lions (3-8-1) at US Bank Stadium.

On paper, this game should be a walk in the park. No Matthew Stafford, they have a rookie QB making his 2nd start of his career and the Lions have nothing to play for. But that also means they have nothing to lose. That can be dangerous and they have some good receivers. And what's the Vikings defensive weakness? Exactly.

Detroit always seems to play the Vikings well. Since 2010, the Vikings have 10 wins and the Lions have 9 wins . The Minnesota beat Detroit 42-30 win last time these two teams played. It was only game the Lions have lost by double digits this year.

The Vikings are 5-0 at home and the Lions are 1-4-1 on the road. SKOL!

Here's how each team matches up:

Vikings Offensive Ranks: #8 Total Offense, #6 Rushing, #13 Passing
Lions Offensive Ranks: #7 Total Offense, #18 Rushing, #7 Passing

Vikings Defensive Ranks: #16 Total Defense, #15 Rushing, #20 Passing
Lions Defensive Ranks: #29 Total Defense, #23 Rushing, #30 Passing

Points per game: Vikings 319 / Lions 280
Points allowed per game: Vikings 242 / Lions 315

Last 5 games (Vikings)
12/2: Seahawks 37 - Vikings 30
11/17: Broncos 23 - Vikings 27
11/10: Vikings 28 - Cowboys 24
11/2: Vikings 23 - Chiefs 26
10/24: Redskins 9 - Vikings 19

Last 5 games (Lions)
11/28: Bears 24 - Lions 20
11/24: Lions 16 - Redskins 19
11/17: Cowboys 35 - Lions 27
11/10: Lions 13 - Bears 20
11/3: Lions 24 - Raiders 31

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Vikings Injury Report: (Doubtful) WR Adam Thielen  (Questionable) OL Riley Reiff

Lions Injury Report: (Out) QB Matthew Stafford, DL De'Shawn Hand (Doubtful)  DE Austin Bryant (Questionable) CB Jamal Agnew, CB Rashaan Melvin

The Odds: Vikings favored by 13 , Over/Under is set at 43

Kickoff: 12 PM
TV: Fox
Radio: 1240 AM & 95.3 FM WJON.)

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