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Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions: Key information and first quarter discussion

It’s Sunday, and you know what that means

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It’s the end of a pretty disappointing regular season for our Minnesota Vikings, ladies and gentlemen, but the purple are going to try to end things on a high note at Ford Field when they take on the Detroit Lions to finish things off. Some people are probably going to be pulling for a Vikings’ loss today because of “draft picks,” but that’s just ridiculous. Here’s hoping that the Vikings crush Detroit and try to go into the offseason on a high note.

Here’s everything you need to know about today’s game.

Date and Time: Sunday, 3 January 2021, noon Central time

Location: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Television Coverage: KSTP-9 in the Twin Cities, FOX affiliates around the country, DirecTV Channel 709

Radio Coverage: Vikings Radio Network, Sirius Channel 132, XM Channel 384, SiriusXM App Channel 820

Line: Vikings -6.5, Over/Under 54.5

Chris’ Prediction: Vikings 31, Lions 20

Three Keys

1) Let’s not get anyone important hurt - Since this is basically a preseason game, it’s important that the Vikings not get anyone important hurt. Of course, since a lot of the most important Vikings are already hurt, that should be a relatively simple task to complete.

2) Let’s learn a few things about some younger guys - Since this is basically a preseason game, the coaching staff can get an opportunity to learn which guys they can potentially try to build around in 2021. Hopefully some younger players will get an opportunity to impress and take advantage of those opportunities.

3) Let’s get Justin Jefferson into the record books - Jefferson needs 111 yards in this one to set the record for most receiving yards by a rookie in the Super Bowl era. He currently has 1,267 yards on the season, and the record is held by Anquan Boldin who had 1,377 yards back in 2003. The last time these two teams got together, Jefferson had just three receptions for 64 yards, so he’s going to have to basically double what he did in that one if he wants to set the record.

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We’ll have a brand new discussion thread for you at the start of each quarter, so keep your eyes open for those and move the conversation accordingly.

With that, it’s nearly time for the season finale. Hopefully we’ll all be back here in about three hours to put this season to bed and start looking forward to 2021.

SKOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL VIKINGS!!!!