After completing a split of their season series with the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings face another NFC North rival in Week 9 as the Detroit Lions make their annual trip to U.S. Bank Stadium.
This game represents an opportunity for the Vikings to get out of the NFC North basement for the first time this season, as the Lions come into this one with a record of 3-4, one game ahead of the Vikings’ 2-5 mark through their first seven games.
Both teams are dealing with some significant injuries, with the Vikings’ entire cornerback depth chart (almost) being on the injury report or injured reserve. The Lions will likely be without receiver Kenny Golladay and defensive end Trey Flowers, and could even be without quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week.
This is the second of three consecutive games for the Vikings against NFC North opponents, as they will travel to Chicago to face the Bears in their lone Monday Night Football appearance of the year next week. Getting a win here could give the Vikings some solid momentum heading into Soldier Field.
Kickoff for this one is scheduled for noon Central time, and the game will be broadcast on CBS.