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Lunch Break, 10/7: Good Time To Play Detroit?

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

Nearly every team gets hit by the injury bug at some point throughout the NFL season and it's no different with both the Vikings and Lions. Each team has sustained significant injuries to significant players heading into their Week Six contest.

Michael Rand of the Star Tribune writes about the Lions injuries and whether or not the Vikings are catching the Lions at the perfect time, despite their own injury concerns:

Per this report, it sounds like Calvin Johnson might not play at all after re-injuring his ankle in a loss to the Bills.

Reggie Bush is hobbling after leaving the Buffalo game, while their other primary running back, Joique Bell, is still recovering from a concussion. He might return to play vs. the Vikings, but there are obviously no guarantees.

Add that to the fact that Detroit is coming off a crushing defeat against Buffalo in which its kicker (now cut) missed all three of his field goal attempts, and the Vikings could be facing a team on the downswing despite the Lions' 3-2 record.

Detroit has done most of its damage on defense this season (second in points allowed, first in yards allowed), but without its offensive stars the Lions don't figure to run away from anyone — giving the Vikings and rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater, who will presumably play Sunday, ample opportunity to win at TCF Bank Stadium and square the team's record at 3-3

Evening up the record the record at 3-3 would no doubt give the Vikings and their fans a shot in the arm, but as we all know, despite injuries, division games are always a battle.

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