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Early Look: Vikings Seek 6th Straight Win vs. Lions

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings are coming off their biggest win of the 2020 season and are continuing a three-game stretch against the NFC North.

Minnesota outlasted Green Bay with a 28-22 win at Lambeau Field in Week 8, with Dalvin Cook leading the way for the Vikings.

The Vikings (2-5) are back home Sunday against the Lions (3-4) for the teams' first meeting this season.

Detroit saw its two-game win streak snapped Sunday against Indianapolis, as the Lions fell 41-21 on the road.

Here's an Early Look at the Vikings Week 9 matchup against the Lions, presented by Minnesota Eye Consultants, the Proud Ophthalmology Partner of the Minnesota Vikings.

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Lions.

Passing: Kirk Cousins wasn't asked to do much in windy conditions against the Packers, but he put forth an effective performance.

Cousins completed 11 of 14 passes for 160 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown to Cook on a screen pass.

He didn't commit a turnover, and compiled a season-best passer rating of 138.1 at Lambeau Field.

The quarterback has now completed 124 of 189 passes (65.6 percent) for 1,635 yards with 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Cousins, whose passer rating is 91.9, is a perfect 4-0 in his Vikings career against the Lions.

Detroit will counter with veteran Matthew Stafford, who is 8-11 in his career against the Vikings.

Stafford completed 24 of 42 passes (57.1 percent) for 336 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in Week 8. He had a 96.9 passer rating, which was his third-highest mark of the season.

Stafford has now completed 151 of 246 passes (61.4 percentage) for 1,916 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. He has a passer rating of 94.8.

Rushing: Cook simply had one of the best days in Vikings history for any offensive player, let alone a running back, against the Packers.

He accounted for 163 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries with scoring runs of 21, 1 and 1 yards.

He tallied 226 scrimmage yards, the second-most by a Vikings player in team history against the Packers, trailing only the 256 scrimmage yards by running back Darrin Nelson in 1983.

And according to a stat provided by the NFL, Cook became just the fifth player in the Super Bowl era with 200-plus scrimmage yards, at least three rushing touchdowns and a receiving score in a single game.

Cook leads the NFL with 10 rushing touchdowns, a franchise record for the most through Week 8 of a season. He is second in the league with 652 rushing yards despite playing just six games.

The Vikings rushed for 173 total yards, and now rank sixth in the league with 144.0 rushing yards per game.

The Lions, who ran for just 29 yards on 13 carries against the Colts, rank 29th in the league with 97.1 yards per game.

Adrian Peterson had seven yards on five attempts Sunday, and rookie DeAndre Swift had a single yard on six carries.

Peterson has a team-high 321 yards on 85 attempts, and also has two scores. Swift has a team-best four rushing touchdowns. He's rushed for 186 yards on 41 carries.

Peterson is Minnesota's all-time leader in rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns.

Receiving: Minnesota's pass catchers had a relatively quiet day due to the weather, with Cook providing the highlight on his touchdown catch.

He finished with two catches for 63 yards, while Adam Thielen (three receptions for 27 yards) and Justin Jefferson (three receptions for 26 yards) also chipped in for Minnesota.

Thielen has a team-high 35 catches and seven scores. He has 442 receiving yards. Jefferson has a team-best 563 yards on 31 catches with three touchdowns.

Cook has 14 catches for 127 yards and a score in 2020.

Detroit's Marvin Hall had four catches for 133 yards on Sunday, and tight end T.J. Hockenson added seven receptions for 65 yards.

Marvin Jones, Jr., had a pair of touchdown catches on three receptions for 29 yards. Kerryon Johnson also had a touchdown reception.

Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay left Sunday's game with a hip injury, and is week-to-week according to Lions Head Coach Matt Patricia.

Hockenson leads Detroit in receptions (29) and touchdown catches (four). He is third on the team with 321 receiving yards.

Golladay has a team-high 338 yards and has added two scores. Danny Amendola has 324 receiving yards. Jones has a trio of touchdown catches.

Defense: The Vikings had an up-and-down defensive performance in an outing hampered by injuries, but Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer's squad made enough plays down the stretch to secure the win.

Minnesota had a pair of fourth-down stops in the second half, and also prevented a potential game-winning drive in the final seconds.

Rookie defensive end D.J. Wonnum — one of seven first-year defensive players who saw the field Sunday — ended Green Bay's final gasp with a strip-sack on Aaron Rodgers.

Wonnum's sack was the lone one on Rodgers. He now has 2.0 sacks this season.

The Vikings allowed 400 yards to the Packers and now rank 29th in the league with 411.9 yards allowed per game.

The Lions gave up 366 total yards to the Colts. Detroit has allowed 378.4 yards per game, which is tied for 22nd this season.

Romeo Okwara has a team-high 5.0 sacks, and Duron Harmon has a pair of interceptions.

Detroit has seven takeaways in 2020, while Minnesota has six.

Special Teams: Dan Bailey made all four extra points Sunday and did not attempt a field goal. Bailey is now 6-for-8 on field goals and has made all 15 extra points in 2020.

Britton Colquitt averaged 37.7 yards per punt on just three kicks Sunday, and performed admirably in unfavorable conditions. He is averaging 43.3 yards per punt on 22 kicks in 2020.

Returner K.J. Osborn returned from his hamstring injury to gain 40 yards on a pair of kickoff returns. Minnesota did not have a punt return.

Lions kicker Matt Prater made three extra points Sunday, but missed a 48-yard field goal. He is now 12-for-17 on field goals and 19-for-19 extra point attempts in 2020.

Jack Fox punted five times against the Colts, averaging 52.4 yards with no punts landing inside the 20. He's averaging 53.2 yards per attempt.

Jamal Agnew handles return duties for the Lions. He is averaging 26.7 yards on 11 kickoff returns and has returned five punts for 43 yards.

Agnew has four touchdown returns in his career, including three on punts.

On a streak

The Vikings are currently on a five-game win streak against the Lions, including season sweeps in 2018 and 2019.

Minnesota's defense has shined in the recent run of success, as the Vikings have held the Lions to 10 or fewer points in three of the past four outings.

The Vikings offense, meanwhile, has scored at least 20 points in the past five meetings.

Zimmer is 7-5 all-time against the Lions in his career, his best record against a division foe.