We are officially into the final quarter of the 2019 NFL season, a final quarter that will see the Minnesota Vikings play all three of their NFC North rivals in the cozy confines of U.S. Bank Stadium. The run starts on Sunday afternoon, as the Vikings will host the Detroit Lions, a team they beat back in Week 7.
It was in that game that Vikings’ wide receiver Adam Thielen suffered a hamstring injury catching a touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins in the first quarter. Thielen has only played once since then, but hopefully he’ll be back for Sunday’s game. Speaking of injuries, it appears as though the Lions are going to be without Matthew Stafford, who had four touchdown passes in the first meeting between these two teams. . .all to wide receiver Marvin Jones.
With Stafford out, the Lions will likely go with rookie David Blough at quarterback. Blough had a decent debut on Thanksgiving when the Lions lost to the Chicago Bears, and hopefully the Vikings’ recent history against backup quarterbacks won’t rear its head again.
The Vikings are a significant favorite in this one, with most outlets having them favored by 13 or 14 points. That’s something that hasn’t worked out terribly well for the Vikings recently, either.
Kickoff for this one is scheduled for noon Central time, with the game being shown on FOX.