NFL PREVIEW: DETROIT LIONS (7-8) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (4-10-1)
December 25, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
DETROIT LIONS (7-8) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (4-10-1)
LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 4,433 yards & needs 67 for 3rd consecutive 4,500-yard season. Aims for 4th in row vs. Min. with 300+ yards…In Week 1, RB REGGIE BUSH had 191 scrimmage yards (90 rush, 101 rec) & TD (77-yard rec). RB JOIQUE BELLhad 2 TDs in last meeting. Since 2011, WR CALVIN JOHNSON leads NFL with 5,137 rec. yards & 111.7 rec. yards per game. Only player in NFL history with 5,000 rec. yards in 3-year span. Needs 8 yards to be 1st with 3 1,500-yard seasons in row. In last game at Min., had 12 catches for 207 yards & TD. In past 2 at Min., has 19 catches for 315 yards (157.5 per game) & 3 TDs. TE JOSEPH FAURIA has 7 rec. TDs, 2nd most by rookie. TE BRANDON PETTIGREW had TD in last game at Min…LB DE ANDRE LEVY had INT in last meeting. Has 6 INTs, tied with HOFer JOE SCHMIDT for most by Det. LB in season. In Week 1, LB STEPHEN TULLOCH had INT & sack. Leads team with 123 tackles. DT NICK FAIRLEY has 2.5 sacks in past 2 meetings. Had sack & safety last week. DE ZIGGY ANSAH leads NFL rookies with 8 sacks…
VIKINGS: QB MATT CASSEL has 119.4 rating in 2 wins as starter this year…RB ADRIAN PETERSON has rushed for 769 yards (128.2 per game) & 8 TDs in 6 home meetings (5 100-yard games). Since entering NFL in 2007, leads NFL with 10,115 rush yards & 86 rush TDs…In past 2 at home, WR GREG JENNINGS has 18 catches for 241 yards (120.5 per game) & 2 TDs. Rookie WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has TD in 3 of past 4. Leads NFL with 33.6 KR avg. & 2 KR-TDs. Only player in NFL with rec. (3), rush (2) & KR (2) TD. WR JEROME SIMPSON had 7 catches for 140 yards in Week 1. WR JARIUS WRIGHT had 36-yard TD last week…Since entering NFL in 2004, DE JARED ALLEN has NFL-best 126.5 sacks. Has 13.5 sacks in 12 meetings. DE BRIAN ROBISON has 8 sacks in past 8. LB CHAD GREENWAY leads team with 129 tackles. DT KEVIN WILLIAMS had career-high 4 sacks vs. Det. (10/12/08). LB ERIN HENDERSON had INT in last meeting. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had 1.5 sacks last week.