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10 Vikings-Lions Numbers of Note: Teams Have 48 Passing TDs

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EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings are quickly turning the page after a tough Monday night loss and preparing to host the Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

The NFC North matchup will mark the 117th all-time meeting between Minnesota and Detroit; the series does not include any postseason contests.

The Vikings have won six of the past nine, including four straight dating back to Thanksgiving Day 2017. Minnesota has scored at least 24 points in each of those four games.

The division rivals met for the first time this season on Oct. 20, when the Vikings defeated the Lions 42-30 on the road. Kirk Cousins racked up 337 passing yards and four touchdowns with a passer rating of 141.4 that afternoon.

Here are 10 numbers of note ahead of Sunday's game:

3 – The Lions have used three starting quarterbacks already this season. Longtime starter Matthew Stafford is sidelined with a back injury and hasn't played since Nov. 3. Backup QB Jeff Driskel started Weeks 10-12 but has been added to Injured Reserve with a hamstring injury. David Blough played against the Bears in Week 13 and likely will be the starter again Sunday, but it's worth noting that Detroit signed former Vikings quarterback Kyle Sloter on Nov. 30.

68.3 – The Vikings offense has a 68.3-percent success rate in the red zone, which ranks third in the NFL. That number has drastically improved from 2018 when Minnesota ranked 21st in the league (54.0 percent).

2 – Minnesota's 8.03 yards per passing play is good enough for second in the NFL behind Dallas (8.17). Detroit also is in the top 10; the Lions enter Sunday's game averaging 7.51 yards per pass, which is seventh-best.

25 – Despite the Lions interesting situation at quarterback, Detroit has the third-most passing touchdowns this season with 25. Minnesota has 23 passing TDs.


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5 – After leading the league in rushing for the majority of the season, Dalvin Cook has dropped to No. 5 in the NFL with 1,046 yards on the ground. He had a quiet game against Denver in Week 11. In Seattle, he suffered an injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the game. Cook told reporters postgame that he'll be “good to go” for Sunday's contest against Detroit, though.

13 – Lions cornerback Justin Coleman, who spent time with the Vikings, leads the Lions with 13 passes defensed through 12 games (nine starts). He also has two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception that he returned 55 yards at Green Bay in Week 6.

249 – Minnesota through 12 games has 249 defensive sack yards, which is tied with Jacksonville for ninth-best in the NFL. The Vikings have 33 sacks on the season, with Danielle Hunter (9.5) and Everson Griffen (7.0) leading the way.

49.5 – Speaking of sacks, Hunter is just one-half sack short of being the youngest player in NFL history to reach 50 career takedowns. Worth noting is that sacks did not become an official stat until 1982.

950 – Lions receiver Kenny Golladay is just 50 yards from hitting the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season. The second-year player was limited by Minnesota's defense to just one catch for 21 yards on Oct. 20.

7 & 8 – The Lions and Vikings rank seventh and eighth, respectively, in total yards so far. Detroit's offense has racked up 4,527 yards compared to Minnesota's 4,519.