We are just an hour away from kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium, as the Minnesota Vikings look to put together their first winning streak of the 2020 season as they host the Detroit Lions. Here is everything you need to know about this one.
Date and Time: Sunday, 8 November, 2020, noon Central time
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Television Coverage: WCCO-4 in the Twin Cities, CBS affiliates around the country, DirecTV Channel 708
Radio Coverage: Vikings Radio Network, Sirius Channel 81, XM Channel 226, SiriusXM App Ch 820
Line: Vikings -3.5, Over/Under 52
Chris’ Prediction: Vikings 30, Lions 27
1) Do that whole “don’t turn the ball over” thing again - The Vikings didn’t have any turnovers against Green Bay last week, and you know, things went pretty well! If the Vikings can do that again, they should be able to have a lot of success this week.
2) Try to balance the offense a little bit - I know that Dalvin Cook is spectacular and everything, but I don’t think the Lions’ defense is quite as atrocious as Green Bay’s is, and they will probably be loading up to stop him. That means that Kirk Cousins, Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson and company will have to make some plays in this one.
3) Get after whoever the Lions’ quarterback is - It’s probably going to be Matthew Stafford for Detroit, but whoever it is, the Vikings need to put some pressure on them. The last time Stafford played a game at U.S. Bank Stadium. . .remember, he missed last year’s game. . .he was sacked 10 times. The Vikings’ defense looks a lot different now than it did then, but the same principles apply. They need to get after the quarterback to help a secondary that’s being held together by scotch tape and bailing wire.
Know the Foe: Pride of Detroit
As usual, new Open Threads will be appearing at the start of each quarter, so keep an eye out for those and move along accordingly.
With that, let’s get ready for another Sunday of Vikings football and, with any luck the start of a winning streak for our favorite team.