And not as one of the 30 teams whose staffs and players will be watching Super Bowl LII on television.
The duel which promises to be the most noted will be held at 12: 30 a.m. between the Vikings and the Lions, in Detroit.
They attempted just three passes of 20 yards or more in two games against Detroit a year ago, and didn’t complete any of them, according to Pro Football Focus.
Minnesota is coming off a solid victory against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 11, as they beat the NFC West leaders soundly inside U.S. Bank Stadium.
Aside from Xavier Rhodes’ calf, which coach Mike Zimmer said is not an issue, the Vikings are healthy too. He returned to practice and was limited, leaving the door open for his return Thursday against the Lions.
“That’s all for the fans and the media and all that stuff”.
“We’d love to be the first”. And we’re not just talking about the Pumpkin Pie!
Detroit’s high-scoring efforts have produced steady results in totals betting, with the point total reaching 51 or higher in four of five home dates, and the over prevailing in five of the Lions’ past six overall outings. However, the Mauves have lost their last three games against the Lions and have all kinds of trouble in Detroit for a while with two wins in their last seven trips. Since then they’ve outscored their six opponents by a 162-96 margin.
Even with the easiest remaining schedule of NFC playoff contenders, the Lions, who don’t play a team with a winning record in December, have little room for error if they’re going to reach the postseason for a second straight year. “They’re on a roll”, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. I think it will be a quieter game for Diggs, who may still play well, but Thielen will get the majority of the targets. “They’ve always played great defense, and their special teams are very good”. They also have a trip to Green Bay remaining on the schedule. Keenum has been slightly more than a game manager.
Phillip Rivers comes off his best performance of the season in last week’s trouncing of the Bills.
Dallas play their second home game inside five days and after getting blown out by the Eagles, will now host the Chargers, who come to town hoping to pile on more misery on America’s team. A Detroit win would not only pull it within a game of the lead but also clinch the tiebreaker with the Vikings.
The Chargers rank third in the league in sacks, fourth in interceptions and with perimeter CBs Casey Hayward and Trevor Williams’ stingy coverage, they have allowed the NFL’s eighth-fewest yards to wide receivers. The Minnesota Vikings’ run to 8-2 has been incredibly impressive, especially considering the losses of Dalvin Cook and Sam Bradford to season-ending injuries.
For the Vikings, Latavius Murray has gained 315 yards on 69 carries over the last four weeks.
Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, and that means the Detroit Lions will be playing football in front of a national audience.
The Lions let his contract expire, and the Vikings, so desperate to upgrade their most problematic position in 2016, gave him a five-year deal in free agency worth as much as $58.75 million.