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Winless Lions acquire 7-sport skid vs. Vikings to Minnesota

DETROIT (0-4) at MINNESOTA (1-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox

OPENING LINE: Vikings by 8 1/2, in step with FanDuel SportsBook.

AGAINST THE SPREAD: Lions 2-2; Vikings 2-2.

SERIES RECORD: Vikings lead 78-39-2.

LAST MEETING: Vikings beat Lions 37-35 on Jan. 1 in Detroit.

LAST WEEK: Lions misplaced to Bears 24-14; Vikings misplaced to Browns 14-7.

LIONS OFFENSE: OVERALL (18), RUSH (20), PASS (15), SCORING (24).

LIONS DEFENSE: OVERALL (21), RUSH (24), PASS (16), SCORING (29).

VIKINGS OFFENSE: OVERALL (15), RUSH (13T), PASS (10), SCORING (18).

VIKINGS DEFENSE: OVERALL (25), RUSH (25), PASS (18), SCORING (11).

TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Lions minus-1; Vikings 0.

LIONS PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Kalif Raymond is taking profit of a probability he didn’t comprise with four more than a few NFL groups after first incomes a roster region in Denver as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Raymond has 14 of his 33 profession catches and two of his three profession touchdowns in four games with the Lions. Final year with Tennessee, Raymond had a profession-high 118 yards on three receptions in a Week 3 sport at Minnesota.

VIKINGS PLAYER TO WATCH: RB Dalvin Prepare dinner, who performed on a sprained ankle final week that saved him out of the earlier sport, had a profession-high 206 yards rushing in opposition to Detroit final year. Prepare dinner had 34 yards on nine carries final week in opposition to Cleveland.

KEY MATCHUP: D’Andre Swift had 167 yards from scrimmage with a rushing TD as a rookie for the Lions final year in opposition to Minnesota. He’s second among NFL RBs with 23 receptions, the shape of versatile runner/receiver who has given the Vikings’ protection wretchedness over time. Backup Jamaal Williams is additionally averaging a profession-high 4.5 yards per raise. The Vikings comprise allowed 100-plus rushing yards in 11 straight games.

KEY INJURIES: LB Romeo Okwara (Achilles) and C Frank Ragnow (toe) went on injured reserve this week, joining CBs Jeff Okudah and Ifeatu Melifonwu, LT Taylor Decker and WR Tyrell Williams. … Lions LT Penei Sewell, their first-round draft pick, has an ankle hurt and is unsure to play. LB Trey Vegetation would possibly well return after a two-sport absence due to shoulder wretchedness. … Vikings LB Anthony Barr, facing a knee hurt, is heading within the correct route for his season debut. The build of DT Michael Pierce (elbow) is unsure. He didn’t discover Wednesday.

SERIES NOTES: The Vikings comprise received seven straight games over the Lions after going 2-5 in opposition to the franchise’s most-defeated opponent to commence coach Mike Zimmer’s tenure. … The Lions comprise misplaced 21 of their final 27 games at Minnesota. … First-year Lions coach Dan Campbell performed for Dallas from 2003-05 while Zimmer used to be the defensive coordinator there.

STATS AND STUFF: The Lions comprise dropped eight straight games since winning in Week 13 final year. … The Lions had been within the pink zone on offense four times final week and didn’t ranking on any of these drives within the 20. … Campbell has long past on fourth down an NFL-high 10 times and used to be 0 of two final week at Chicago. … Lions newcomer Jared Goff is averaging merely 6.8 yards per are trying, ranking 22nd within the league among QBs with a qualifying amount of attempts. … LB Charles Harris has a sack in three straight games and forced a fumble final week for the Lions. … Detroit CB Amani Oruwariye has an interception in every of the final two games after totaling three over his first two seasons. … The Vikings’ offense has no longer scored a TD within the second half in three straight games. … Kirk Cousins, who grew to develop into the first QB in Vikings ancient past to trudge 5 straight games with out an interception, used to be picked off final week to forestall his team-file hotfoot at 224 consecutive attempts. … Vikings DE Danielle Hunter has 11 sacks in nine profession games in opposition to Detroit. With one more sack, the 26-year-passe Hunter will switch into ninth build of living on the team’s all-time list. … The Vikings’ protection has allowed 23 second-half elements this season, the second fewest within the league. … Finest Randy Moss (2,726) had more receiving yards for the Vikings earlier to turning 23 than WR Justin Jefferson (1,738), who has 13 more games to play at age 22.

FANTASY TIP: Detroit’s T.J. Hockenson leads all TEs within the NFC avid gamers with 22 receptions and has been centered a team-leading 30 times. He caught a TD pass at Minnesota final season.

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