Here are a few storylines to watch this week as the Vikings prepare for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field…
– With a start on Sunday, QB Brett Favre will break the all-time record for the most consecutive starts in NFL history, which he currently shares with another Viking – Jim Marshall at 270.
– Sunday’s game at Detroit will mark the Vikings 2nd consecutive road game to begin the season. The last time the Vikings opened a season with 2 straight road games was in 1997, when they went 2-0 against the Bills in Buffalo and against the Bears in Chicago.
– After going 0-16 in 2008 and then losing on opening weekend this season to New Orleans 45-27, the Lions might seem like an easy opponent for the Vikings on Sunday. But you can be sure the Vikings won’t take that attitude with them to Detroit this weekend. Twice last year, the Lions came thisclose to defeating Minnesota. So even though the Vikings currently hold a 63-30-2 record in the overall series with Detroit and even though Minnesota has won 13 of the last 14 games since 2002 in this matchup, the Vikings will need to be about their business to defeat a division opponent on the road.
– DE Jared Allen will return to the field where he suffered a knee injury last year on a low block from Lions OT Gosder Cherilus. Allen will surely have that play in the back of his mind as he lines up on Sunday, but the 2-time Pro Bowler is smart and composed player, so I’m sure he’ll channel his feelings of “revenge” in the appropriate manner.
– The passing game – Minnesota’s offensive attack and the Lions defense – will be a focus all week. Detroit yielded 6 TD passes to Drew Brees and the Saints last week, while the Vikings tallied just 110 passing yards against the Browns in Week 1. Both units will look to improve this week.
– During Adrian Peterson’s rookie season (2007), the Lions were the 1st team to keep him under 100 yards rushing and the only team in the Vikings 1st 5 games to do so. Since then, Peterson has gone on to average 4.9 yards per carry against Detroit. #28 already ranks tied for 2nd in Vikings annals for career 100-yard rushing performances with 17 in just 31 career games. He can
move into sole possession of 2nd place with a 100-yard performance against the Lions on Sunday.
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