EAGAN, Minn. – One of the interesting aspects of the 2020 Vikings matchups with the Lions was seeing Everson Griffen in Honolulu Blue.
This week, people can tune in to see Griffen, back in Purple with his first team, playing his previous team at noon (CT) Sunday.
He has been looking like the Everson of old, but the Vikings are trying to keep in mind that he's an older Everson.
Vikings Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator Andre Patterson was asked this week whether Griffen's playing time would continue to increase beyond what it already has.
Griffen played 28 snaps in Week 1 before missing Week 2 with a concussion. He played 34 in Week 3 and 43 last Sunday against Cleveland.
Patterson said he's trying to govern the amount Griffen plays over the course of the NFL's first 17-game season.
"I've told you guys from day one what I was going to do with Ev, right? I've got to do what I told you I was going to do," Patterson said. "His role has to remain the same, OK? I've got to get him through 17 games, right? I said it a long time ago. When I said that, I was talking to myself, right?
"I mean, he's playing very well, and he looks like the old Everson to me, but I've still got to keep in my mind that he's 33 years old, right? I've got to make sure that we still have Ev' with us in Week 17, looking like Ev'. That's the key, so his role is going to remain the same."
Griffen and the Vikings will face a Lions squad that underwent numerous personnel changes and is managing multiple injuries under first-year Head Coach Dan Campbell.
Here are all the ways to catch the action, a synopsis of the series history and a key topic addressed this week by Vikings Offensive Coordinator Klint Kubiak, Patterson, Co-Defensive Coordinator Adam Zimmer and Special Teams Coordinator Ryan Ficken.
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Kickoff: Noon (CT)
Play-by-Play: Chris Myers
Analyst: Daryl Johnston
Field Reporter: Jen Hale
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Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Lions.
The Vikings are 78-39-2 all time and 42-16-1 in home games against the Lions. Minnesota is 3-2 against Detroit at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Vikings have won seven in a row, a streak that began on Thanksgiving in 2017. It is tied for the third-longest winning streak by Minnesota against Detroit. The Vikings won 13 in a row from Oct. 6, 1968 through Sept. 22, 1974. Minnesota won 10 consecutive games from Oct. 13, 2002 through Dec. 10, 2006. The previous seven-game streak lasted from Nov. 9, 1986 through Oct. 22, 1989.
Kubiak on managing Dalvin Cook's workload as he recovers from an ankle injury:
"I think Dalvin was feeling a little sore, and we were just kind of monitoring him. We didn't want to put him out there injured. To his credit, he came back in the game and really wanted to come play and help us win, and did a great job. It just speaks to his toughness.
"[We] rely heavily on [Vice President of Sports Medicine Eric Sugarman and Dalvin]. Obviously, we don't want to put him in a bad situation. We want to be smart with him. We never want to put himself out there where we can injure himself more. I'll just say that Dalvin is always ready to go and always ready to help the team, regardless of his health status. We just have to rely heavily on the trainers."
Patterson on the Vikings approach to overcoming their 1-3 start:
"I said this to the defense [the other day], there's a difference between panicking and having a sense of urgency. Those are two different things. The big thing right now is we just need to have a sense of urgency if we want things correct. And that's what it comes down to. The NFL season is a long marathon. Do we like being 1-3? We don't. But we have the ability to change it by going out and focusing and being locked in, playing more consistently as a team."
Zimmer on Anthony Barr's readiness to return:
"Yeah, I think he started to get over that hump in practice. He's taken a lot of reps now, and I think he's comfortable getting his sea legs back, as I like to say. He'll be nervous the first game, just like I'm nervous for every game. I think he'll be fine. He's a pro, he's done this a lot in a lot of games, so I think he'll know exactly where he's at."
Ficken on improvements being made in special teams:
"I'm really pleased with the core that we have right now. I think they're doing a lot of great things. It's a testament to Coach Zim' and [General Manager] Rick [Spielman] and the scouting and personnel department for putting together a really good roster. They're playing at a high level right now, but we've got to continue to build on that. The Blake Lynches, the Troy Dyes, the C.J. Hams, the Josh Metelluses, all of them are playing at a high level, and I know I'm missing a couple guys. But I'm really excited about these guys and continuing to build from where we are right now. I know what we've done in the past, but we've got to continue — our ceiling's high for these guys, and we've got to continue to make sure we're getting to that point."