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Early Look: Vikings Closing Homestand with 120th All-Time Game Against Lions

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings (1-3) are set to conclude their three-game homestand at U.S. Bank Stadium by hosting the Lions (0-4) at noon (CT) Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Minnesota has won the previous three home contests against Detroit and seven consecutive games against the NFC North rival, a run that began on Thanksgiving in 2017. The seven wins in a row are tied for the third-longest win streak by the Vikings against the Lions.

The Vikings and Lions, the NFL and the American Cancer Society are united in their fight against cancer through the Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer initiative that is in its 13th season.

Crucial Catch encourages people to catch cancer early, when it may be easier to treat, through annual screenings. For more than a year, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically reduced screenings. At the height of the pandemic, some cancer screenings declined by 90 percent.

Players will wear gear and equipment that will be auctioned (nfl.com/auction) with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.

Here's an Early Look at the Vikings Week 5 matchup against the Lions, presented by Minnesota Eye Consultants, the Official LASIK partner of the Minnesota Vikings.

Click below to download the game preview release by the Vikings public relations department.

STAT OF THE WEEK

DE Danielle Hunter has become the third Viking in the past 11 seasons to record at least 5.0 sacks in the first four games of a season. He joined Jared Allen (6.5 in 2011) and Everson Griffen (5.0 in 2017) as the only Vikings to do so. Hunter's sack in Week 4 gave him 59.5 in his career. He needs one more to pass Brian Robison and 2021 Vikings Ring of Honor inductee Kevin Williams (60 apiece) for ninth in team history.

NORSEMAN NOTES

QB Kirk Cousins set the franchise record for consecutive attempts without an interception at 224 before a deep toss was picked off by the Browns in Week 4. The streak began on Christmas 2020 and topped Cousins' previous franchise-best 201 attempts in a row in 2019.

WR Justin Jefferson ranks in the top 10 in the NFL in receptions (26), receiving yards (338) and touchdowns (3). Jefferson is one of eight players in the league with at least five catches in every game.

WR Adam Thielen is tied for second in the NFL in receiving touchdowns (4). He has 18 in his past 19 games, including 16 in the red zone.

TE Tyler Conklin ranks fourth among NFC tight ends with 17 receptions. He trails Detroit's T.J. Hockenson (22), Dallas' Dalton Schultz (20) and San Francisco's George Kittle (19).

DE Everson Griffen has recorded a sack in each of his past two games, pushing his career total to 82.5, including 76.5 with Minnesota, which rank seventh in team history. Griffen will play in his 151st game Sunday, which will tie him with Mark Mullaney for fifth among Vikings defensive ends all-time.

LB Eric Kendricks ranks third in the NFL with 47 tackles on the season, the most he's recorded through the first four games of a season.

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

KNOW THE FOE

Head Coach: Dan Campbell, 1st season with Detroit (0-4)

Campbell played tight end for 11 seasons in the NFL for the Giants (1999-2002), Cowboys (2003-05) and Lions (2006-08). He launched his coaching career as an intern with the Dolphins in 2010 and followed by coaching Miami's tight ends from 2011-15 before closing that final season as interim head coach.

He joined the Saints in 2016 as Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends and held that role for the past five seasons.

QB Jared Goff was acquired by Detroit this offseason in a blockbuster trade that sent Matthew Stafford to the Rams. Goff faced the Vikings twice while with Los Angeles, losing at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2017 and winning on the West Coast the following season.

RB D'Andre Swift leads Detroit with 23 receptions. He's totaled 199 yards through the air, highlighted by a 43-yard touchdown catch. Swift has added 139 yards and a score on 41 carries.

Former Packers RB Jamaal Williams has rushed 42 times for 187 yards and two scores.

OLB Charles Harris leads the Lions with 3.0 sacks, and CB Amani Oruwariye has nabbed both of Detroit's interceptions this season.

Detroit has been outscored 69 to 27 in first halves this season, and Minnesota has been outscored 66 to 58. The Lions have allowed 48 of the 119 scored against them in second quarters. The Vikings have yielded 49 of the 92 points scored against them in second quarters, including 35 in the final two minutes against Cincinnati (14), Arizona (10) and Cleveland (11).

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Oct. 12, 2021.

CONNECTIONS

VIKINGS-LIONS

Vikings RB Ameer Abdullah (2015-18) and DE Everson Griffen (2020) previously played for the Lions.

Detroit WR Shane Zylstra spent the 2021 offseason with Minnesota.

LOCAL CONNECTIONS

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins (Holland) moved to Michigan when he was in seventh grade. Minnesota WR K.J. Osborn (Ypsilanti) and TE Tyler Conklin (Chesterfield) are from Michigan, as are practice squad WR Trishton Jackson (West Bloomfield) and DE Kenny Willekes (Rockford).

Zylstra (Spicer), Lions C Frank Ragnow (Victoria) and DE Jashon Cornell (St. Paul) are from Minnesota.

FORMER PRO TEAMMATES

Vikings CB Bashaud Breeland with Lion WR Geronimo Allison (2017) and Williams (2018) in Green Bay

Minnesota LB Ryan Connelly and Detroit C Evan Brown with the Giants; Brown teamed with Vikings DT Sheldon Richardson with the Browns; Richardson and Vikings G Dakota Dozier with Lions WR Kalif Raymond with the Jets

Vikings CB Patrick Peterson and Lions TE Darren Fells with the Cardinals

Minnesota DT Dalvin Tomlinson with Detroit OLB Romeo Okwara and Raymond at the Giants

FORMER COLLEGE TEAMMATES

Armon Watts and Ragnow at Arkansas

Peterson and Lions DE Michael Brockers at LSU

Vikings WR Dede Westbrook and Lions K Austin Seibert at Oklahoma

Connelly and Detroit WR Quintez Cephus at Wisconsin

Vikings WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Lions TE T.J. Hockenson at Iowa

Minnesota DE Stephen Weatherly and Detroit T Will Holden at Vanderbilt

Vikings LB Troy Dye and Lions T Penei Sewell at Oregon

VIKINGS TOP PERFORMERS VS. LIONS

CAREER TOTALS

Offense

Kirk Cousins: 7 games (6-0 with Minnesota); 158-of-213 passing, 74.2 completion percentage, 1,923 passing yards, 16 TDs, 124.6 passer rating

Dalvin Cook: 6 games; 104 carries for 638 yards and 6 TDs

Justin Jefferson: 2 games; 12 receptions for 197 yards on 16 targets

Defense

Harrison Smith: 18 games; 116 tackles, 1.0 sack, 3 INT, 1 forced fumble

Danielle Hunter: 9 games; 21 solo tackles, 11 sacks, 1 TD

Everson Griffen: 19 games; 47 tackles; 16 sacks, 1 forced fumble

VIKINGS BIG DAYS VS. LIONS

Kirk Cousins: 28-of-40 passing (70 percent), 405 yards, 3 TDs, passer rating of 127.6 on Jan. 3, 2021 (405 yards is most by a Vikings QB against Lions)

Dalvin Cook: 22 rushes for 206 yards and 2 TDs vs. Detroit on Nov. 8, 2020

Eric Kendricks: 2.0 sacks at Detroit on Oct. 25, 2015

Danielle Hunter: 3.5 sacks on Nov. 4, 2018

VIKINGS-LIONS SERIES NOTES

1. The Vikings have a 78-39-2 record against the Lions, a series that began in Minnesota's inaugural 1961 season.

2. Minnesota set a franchise record with 10 sacks in one game on Nov. 4, 2018.

3. WR Sammy White set the team record for receiving yards in a regular-season game with 210 as a rookie in 1976.

Longest Vikings winning streak in series: 13 games (Oct. 6, 1968 — Sept. 22, 1974)

Longest Vikings losing streak in series: Five games (Nov. 19, 1961 — Oct. 27, 1963)

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