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Game Preview: Vikings at Lions

The Minnesota Vikings (3-2) travel to take on the Detroit Lions (1-4) in the final contest between the NFC North rivals. The Vikings are coming off their 6th consecutive home win with a 16-10 win over the Chiefs, while the Lions are hosting their 2nd straight NFC North home game after defeating the Bears, 37-34, in OT in Week 6.

RB Adrian Peterson is 2nd in the NFL with 86.4 rushing yards per game and has added 3 TDs on the ground. As a team, the Vikings rank 6th in rushing yards per game with 126.0 per game. WR Stefon Diggs has emerged the past 2 games recording 6 catches for 87 yards at Denver and 7 catches for 129 yards vs. Kansas City. Diggs made his 1st career start in Week 6 vs. Kansas City and was the 1st Viking to surpass the 100-yard receiving mark this season.

The Vikings defense has allowed 20 or less points in 4 games this season and has allowed the 2nd-fewest points per game (16.6). The defense also ranks 3rd in the NFL allowing TDs on only 40% of opponents trips in the red zone. In his 2nd career start in Week 6, rookie LB Eric Kendricks led the Vikings in tackles and tied a Vikings rookie record with a career-high 13 and recorded his 2nd career sack along with 1 TFL and 2 passes defensed.

NATIONAL TELEVISION: FOX (Ch. 9 in the Twin Cities)

Play-by-Play: Chris Myers Analyst: Ronde Barber

Sideline: Jennifer Hale

LOCAL RADIO: KFAN-FM 100.3/KTLK-AM 1130

Play-by-Play: Paul Allen Analyst: Pete Bercich

Sideline Reporter: Greg Coleman

Pre-Game Show: Mike Mussman – 10:00 a.m. CT

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the 72-station, 5-state Vikings Radio Network.

NORSEMAN NOTABLES

• The Vikings offense averages 126.0 rushing yards per game, the 6th most in the NFL.

• RB Adrian Peterson has recorded 2 100+ yard rushing games this season and has 4 games of 100+ rushing yards in his last 10 contests.

• WR Stefon Diggs has 6 catches for 20+ yards, tied for the 2nd-highest total in the NFL since Week 4. Diggs, despite only being active for 2 games, has the 3rd-most receiving yards among all rookies with 216 yards (A. Cooper 386 yards, J. Crowder 244 yards).

• LB Eric Kendricks tied a Vikings rookie record for most tackles in a game registering 13 tackles in Week 6. Kendricks started his 1st career game at Denver in Week 4 and has a sack in consecutive games.

• S Harrison Smith leads the Vikings with 41 tackles and has 1 INT, 1 TFL and 1 FF in 2015. Since entering the league in 2012, Smith is the only player in the NFL with at least 11 INTs and 4 sacks.

• WR Mike Wallace had his best game as a Viking in Week 4 recording season bests in catches (8) and yards (83) and caught his 1st TD as a Viking, the only WR TD allowed by Denver in 2015.

• With a .727 win percentage (8-3), the Vikings have the highest home win percentage all-time among teams playing in a temporary stadium.

• WR Adam Thielen set career highs at Denver (10/4) with 6 catches for 70 yards.

• The Vikings are tied for 3rd in the NFL allowing only 4.0 yards per punt return and have allowed 28 total punt return yards in 2015.

• T T.J. Clemmings is 1-of-2 rookie offensive tackles to start all of their team's games in 2015 (Donovan Smith, TB).

• The Vikings have the fewest penalties in the NFL, only being flagged 32 times. The Vikings offense ranks as the least penalized offensive unit in the league with only 9 penalties and the Vikings special teams unit has the 2nd fewest penalties with 3.

VIKINGS-LIONS CONNECTIONS

• Vikings GM Rick Spielman received his 1st NFL personnel experience with the Lions serving as a college scout from 1990-94 before adding pro scouting duties in his final 2 seasons (95-96) with the Lions. Spielman's brother, Chris, is the Lions all-time leading tackler, playing for Detroit from 1988-95.

• Vikings COO Kevin Warren spent 2001-03 with the Detroit Lions as Senior VP of Business Operations and General Counsel.

• Silas McKinnie, a regional scout for the Lions, spent 5 seasons (1997-2002) at the same position with the Vikings.

• Vikings Personnel Consultant Jerry Reichow was a 4th-round pick in 1956 by Detroit and helped the Lions to their last NFL title in 1957.

• Alan Williams joined the Lions coaching staff in 2014 as the DBs/safeties coach after spending the 2012-13 seasons as the Vikings Defensive Coordinator.

• Vikings QB Shaun Hill played in Detroit from 2010-13, starting 10 games and appearing in 15 for the Lions.

• Lions Special Teams Coordinator Joe Marciano served as a Special Teams Consultant for the Vikings during the early part of the 2014 season.

NFL CONNECTIONS

• Vikings Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer and Lions SeniorVCoaching Assistant Gunther Cunningham coached together in Kansas City from 2006-08, Priefer was the ST Coordinator, while Cunningham was the defensive coordinator. Lions RB Coach Curtis Modkins held the same position with the Chiefs in 2008.

• Vikings LB Coach Adam Zimmer and Lions Offensive Coordinator Joe Lombardi coached together in New Orleans in 2009, winning Super Bowl XLIV. Zimmer was the Assistant DB Coach and Lombardi was the QB Coach.

LOCAL CONNECTIONS

• The Vikings roster featues 3 Michigan natives - C Joe Berger (Newaygo), LB Audie Cole (Monroe) and FB Zach Line (Oxford) - and 3 players who attended college in Michigan - Berger (Michigan Tech), WR Charles Johnson (Grand Valley State) and CB Trae Waynes (Michigan State).

• Lions RB Zach Zenner, who was recently placed on IR, hails from Eagan, Minnesota and attended South Dakota State in Brookings, South Dakota. As a high school senior, Zenner was named to the Minnesota Vikings All State HS Football Team.

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS

• Vikings WR Jarius Wright played at Arkansas with Lions C Travis Swanson from 2010-11.

• Vikings K Blair Walsh played at Georgia with Lions QB Matthew Stafford for the 2008 season.

• Vikings CB Jabari Price played at North Carolina with Lions TE Eric Ebron from 2011-13.

• 7 players from the Vikings and Lions come from Notre Dame: Vikings S Harrison Smith (2007-10), Vikings S Robert Blanton (2008-10), Vikings C John Sullivan (2003-06), Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (2008-09), Lions WR T.J. Jones (2010-13), Lions RB Theo Riddick (2009-12), and Lions WR Golden Tate (2007-08).

• Vikings S Antone Exum, Jr. played with Lions WR Corey Fuller

VIKINGS-LIONS SERIES NOTES

• The Vikings are currently 70-36-2 all time against the Lions, including a mark of 31-22-1 record on the road.

• Minnesota is looking to complete the sweep of Detroit for the 1st time since 2012.

• The Vikings hosted the New York Giants at Ford Field on 12/13/2010 after a blizzard collapsed the roof of the HHH Metrodome. Minnesota fell to New York by a score of 21-3.

• In 1976, Sammy White established a team-record 210 receiving yards against the Lions in a 31-23 Vikings victory at Metropolitan Stadium.

• In 1985, Vikings LB Scott Studwell established a team-record 24 total tackles in a 41-21 Vikings loss in Detroit.

A WIN WOULD

• Give QB Teddy Bridgewater and HC Mike Zimmer their 1st NFC North road victory.

• Improve Minnesota's record to 4-2 and be the 1st time since 2012 the Vikings were 2 games above .500.

• Give the Vikings a 32-22-1 record at Detroit all-time.

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