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Vikings vs Lions

Vikings vs Lions

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By: Preet Shah

The Minnesota Vikings (8-4) take on the Detroit Lions (3-8-1) at US Bank Stadium at noon this Sunday. With the loss to the Seahawks on Monday night, the Vikings find themselves with just a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Rams for the second wild-card spot, making this a must-win game. Here are some things the Vikings need to do to get the win.

Avoid Falling Behind Early

The Vikings can't have a repeat of the last home game where they got behind early and needed an unprecedented second-half comeback. The Vikings need to play sharp on both sides of the ball in the early stages of the game and make Blough play from behind in his second ever game as a starter. They can't let this Detroit team get into a rhythm early and let them drive down the field for 5 to 6 minutes at a time.

Pressure Blough

One of the reasons why Blough was so successful in his first-ever start was because he was kept clean through most of the game. If the Vikings can get to him early, they can force him into errors due to his inexperience. With Hunter and Griffen coming off the edge, I see the potential for sacks and the secondary to reap the rewards of some hastily made throws. 

Establish the Run early and often

With Cook being a little knicked up, I see some more opportunities for Alexander Mattison to get the rock. It doesn't matter who is in the backfield as the Vikings need to start the game with some long drives and make their presence on the ground felt. Establishing the run can allow the Vikings to open the play-action for Kirk. I believe the ground game will continue to be a staple in the Vikings offensive plans as it has been all season.

My final prediction is 31-13 Vikings with touchdowns coming from Dalvin, Rudolph, Bisi Johnson, and Mattison.

Tune in to watch the Vikings play the Lions at noon on Fox.