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Early Look: Vikings vs. Lions

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings lost their second straight road game and dropped to 5-2 on the season after a 20-10 defeat in Chicago.

Minnesota still sits atop the NFC North but is coming off its worst game of the season. The Vikings allowed the Bears to rack up more than 400 yards of total offense while Minnesota's offense struggled to move the ball consistently at Soldier Field.

The Vikings now get ready for another divisional showdown against the Detroit Lions.

Detroit sits at an even 4-4 after the Lions suffered a 20-13 road loss in Houston on Sunday.

Here's an early look:

Passing: Vikings quarterback Kyle Rudolph completed 23 of 37 passes for 228 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. He compiled a passer rating of 88.5 but was sacked six times. 

Bradford is 4-2 as Minnesota's starter this season and is completing 66.6 percent of his passes. The former No. 1 overall pick has completed 135 of 203 attempts for 1,442 yards with eight touchdowns and just one interception.

Stafford completed 27 of 41 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss against the Texans. He did not throw an interception and hasn't thrown a pick since a Week 4 loss to the Bears.

The former No. 1 overall draft pick is having a strong season through eight games, completing 191 of 282 passes (67.7 percent) for 2,154 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Stafford has thrown double-digit interceptions in each of the past five seasons but has thrown just four in 2016. He has compiled a quarterback rating of 103.4 through eight games, the highest mark of his career.

Rushing: Minnesota running back Jerick McKinnon missed Monday's game against the Bears with an ankle injury. Nick Easton received most of the Vikings carries and had 14 rushes for 42 yards. Ronnie Hillman had four carries for 15 yards.

McKinnon leads the Vikings with 68 carries for 217 yards and a touchdown, while Asiata has 62 carries for 200 yards and two scores. Both players are averaging 3.2 yards per carry. Minnesota ranks 31st in the NFL with 71.9 rushing yards per game.

Lions running back Theo Riddick had 11 carries for 56 yards against Houston. Fellow running back Zach Zenner, an Eagan native, had three carries for two yards.

With Detroit running back Ameer Abdullah on injured reserve with a foot injury, Riddick and Zenner have taken the bulk of the carries for Detroit. Riddick has 61 carries for 227 yards and a touchdown, and Zenner has 36 carries for 110 yards and a score. The Lions rank 25th in the NFL with 85.5 rushing yards per game.

Receiving: Stefon Diggs led the Vikings with eight catches for 76 yards and a touchdown against Chicago. Adam Thielen had three catches for 40 yards, and Cordarrelle Patterson and Matt Asiata each had 36 receiving yards.

Diggs leads Minnesota with 35 catches for 466 yards and has a pair of touchdowns. Tight end Kyle Rudolph has 31 receptions for 322 yards and three scores. Thielen has 25 catches for 364 yards and a touchdown.

Lions tight end Eric Ebron had seven catches for 79 yards against Houston. Riddick had a team-high eight catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Golden Tate had seven catches for 42 yards. 

Tate leads Detroit with 38 catches and has 434 yards and a score. Fellow wide receiver Marvin Jones leads the team in yards with 656 and has 36 catches and four touchdowns. Riddick and wide receiver Anquan Boldin each also have four touchdown receptions.

Defense: The Vikings defense ranks first in the NFL in points allowed. Minnesota is surrendering just 14.9 points per game. The Vikings also rank second in the NFL in yards allowed per game (297.1).

But Minnesota is coming off of its worst defensive performance of the season as the Bears gained 403 total yards of offense Monday night. Chicago used a balanced attack to gash the Vikings. The Bears tallied 158 rushing yards and 245 yards through the air.

Everson Griffen had a sack against Chicago and leads the Vikings with 5.0 sacks on the season.

Detroit gave up 269 yards of total offense in Sunday's loss to the Texans. The Lions recorded three sacks and picked off Houston quarterback Brock Osweiler once.

The Lions rank 22nd in the league, allowing 23.8 points per game and are 23rd at 370 total yards allowed per game.

The Vikings lead the NFL with a plus-11 turnover differential. Detroit ranks 10th at plus-2.

Special Teams: Minnesota's kickers enjoyed a solid night against the Bears. Kevin McDermott was good from 30 yards out on his only field goal try and also added an extra point. Walsh is 11 of 14 on field goals this season and has made four straight kicks.

Punter Kevin McDermott averaged 44.1 yards per punt with a net average of 37.6 yards on seven punts. Locke landed three punts inside the 20-yard line and had a career-long punt of 71 yards.

Diggs and Thielen shared punt return duties to fill in for Marcus Sherels, who was out with a wrist injury. Patterson totaled 36 yards on a pair of kickoff returns.

Detroit kicker Matt Prater made two of three field goal tries against Houston and is 13 of 16 on the season. Lions punter Sam Martin averages 49.3 yards per punt and has landed 11 kicks inside the 20-yard line.

Detroit returner Andre Roberts averages 13.4 yards per punt return and 22.5 yards per kickoff return.

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

Over The Years

The Vikings are 71-36-2 all-time against the Lions, with every game coming in the regular season. The 71 wins are the most victories the Vikings have against one opponent in franchise history.

Minnesota has fared well against Detroit of late as the Vikings swept the season series in 2015. The Lions did the same during the 2014 season.

The Vikings best stretch against the Lions came from Jan. 2000 to Sept. 2010 when Minnesota won 20 of 22 games against Detroit, a stretch that included a 10-game win streak.

Last Meeting: Vikings 28, Lions 19, Oct. 25, 2015, In Detroit

The Vikings saw Detroit early and often last season. After a Week 2 win, Minnesota moved to 4-2 on the season with its second win over the Lions in five games. And the Vikings did it despite trailing by double digits in the first quarter.

Detroit raced out to a 14-3 lead behind a pair of Stafford touchdown passes in the first quarter. The teams then traded field goals before the Vikings got hot to end the first half.

Quarterback Stefon Diggs found Rudolph for a 1-yard touchdown pass, but the ensuing 2-point conversion was no good. The Vikings cut Detroit's lead to 17-15 at the half with a 51-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter.

Bridgewater connected with Diggs on a spectacular 36-yard scoring play, the first touchdown of Diggs' career. Walsh later added a pair of field goals to put the Vikings ahead 28-17. The Vikings took a safety with less than a minute left as Locke killed the clock and eventually ran out of the end zone.

Bridgewater finished with 316 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns while Diggs had six catches for 108 yards and a score. Running back Adrian Peterson had 19 carries for 98 yards.

Minnesota's defense sacked Stafford seven times, with linebacker Eric Kendricks recording 2.0 sacks. Defensive end Everson Griffen tallied 1.5 sacks.

The victory was Minnesota's second straight win in what would become a five-game winning streak.

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