Since I really haven't provided enough content leading up to the season opener here, and I apologize for that, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the all-time series between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions. I'll probably end up doing something like this for every opponent we play over the course of the season, so that folks can have some historical perspective on opponents from past years.
Pretty much all of these numbers come from the folks at Pro Football Reference. If you need to know anything about the history of the NFL or need to find a particular game that's been bugging you, they're the place to visit. With that, here we go.
Total Games Between The Vikings and The Lions: 103
All-Time Record: Vikings, 68-33-2
Total Vikings Points Scored Head-to-Head: 2,257 (21.9/game)
Total Lions Points Scored Head-to-Head: 1,907 (18.5/game)
Longest Vikings Winning Streak: 13 (6 October 1968 - 22 September 1974)
Longest Vikings Losing Streak: 5 (19 November 1961 - 27 October 1963)
Most Recent Vikings Victory in Detroit: 30 September 2012 (20-13)
Most Recent Lions Victory in Detroit: 11 December 2011 (34-28)
Biggest Vikings Victory in Detroit: 27 points, 27 November 1969 (Final score 27-0)
Biggest Vikings Loss in Detroit: 38 points, 12 December 1981 (Final score 45-7)
And some miscellaneous stuff. . .
-The 68 wins the Vikings have over Detroit are the most they have over any other team. Next highest are Chicago (53) and Green Bay (48).
-In 11 career games against the Lions, Adrian Peterson has rushed for 1,165 yards, and has gone over the century mark in seven of those games.
-Sunday is Peterson's 90th career game. If he can rush for 151 yards, he will join Jim Brown and Eric Dickerson as the only three players to rush for 9,000 career yards in 90 games or less.
-In three career games against the Detroit Lions, Christian Ponder has thrown for 447 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions while completing 64.6% of his passes. The Vikings have a record of 2-1 in games he's started against Detroit.
That's what I've got for this one, folks. If there are things you'd like to see added to this, let me know and I will effort to make it happen.