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Vikings Look To Feast On The Lions Thanksgiving Day

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Vikings Look To Feast On Lions Thanksgiving Day

The Minnesota Vikings will be looking to feast on the Lions Thanksgiving Day in the second consecutive “Turkey Day” matchup. Last season Detroit topped the Vikings 16-13 in a hard-fought battle.

This will be the 113th matchup in a series that the Vikings lead 71-39-2. However, the Lions have found recent success. Most recently in Week 4 when Detroit squeaked out a 14-7 victory. Detroit has won five of the last seven games versus Minnesota; including three of their previous four home games. Among the Lions Thanksgiving Day matchups, they have an even 2-2 record versus Minnesota.

The Lions enter Thursday’s matchup with a 6-4 record, riding a three-game win streak in which two games came against division rivals. Minnesota boasts an 8-2 record with a six-game winning streak. The Vikings last loss came in that Week 4 matchup against Detroit.

What It Will Take To Win

At the first meeting this season, Keenum completed 16 passes on 30 with 219 yards but added zero touchdowns. Getting the passing attack early will be critical for Keenum as he comes in this week red-hot.

Taking care of the ball with also be a significant factor in this game. During that first meeting, two fumbles proved to be costly for the Vikings. One was an unforced fumble by Jerick McKinnon deep in Vikings territory, and the other came on Dalvin Cook’s ACL tearing play. Eliminating mistakes and letting the dominant Vikings defense take over will be a significant key for Minnesota to win Thursday.

Match-Up Of The Week 

Nevin Lawson/Darius Slay 


Adam Thielen/Stefon Diggs

Currently, the Detroit Lions are giving up 240.3 yards per game through the air this season. That ranks Detroit’s defense at 20th so far this season. In the last matchup, they held Minnesota to 219 yards passing; well below their team average. Much of that is a testament to the way Lawson and Slay played.

Going into this Week 12 battle, Thielen and Diggs are one of the hottest receiving combos in the game. Combined, Thielen and Diggs have 1,448 yards on 97 catches with eight touchdowns. They will be looking to continue their hot streak going against a very beatable Lions secondary.

In the first matchup, Slay and Lawson did enough to contain the Vikings dual-headed receiving combo. Diggs and Thielen had a combined ten catches for 157 yards. This is not a bad day, however, neither had a touchdown.

This week watch to see the types of coverages they use, and how much help they bring towards Diggs and Thielen. Expect the Lions to implement that same “bend, do not break” defense that they used in Week 4 against the Vikings on “Turkey Day.” The basis of the Lions pass defense has been to prevent the big play. Thielen and Diggs could thrive off the short pass relying heavily on yards after the catch. YAC will be the key for the Vikings to win this position matchup.


I expect the Vikings to come out revved up and ready to go. In a blow out 24-7 win over the Rams, they are coming off their biggest victory this season. Coach Zimmer will have this team pumped up and ready to shut the door and take a stranglehold on the NFC North. Ultimately, this game will be a low scoring dogfight, but this Vikings team will be looking to feast on Lions, slowly wearing them down just like Los Angeles last week.


Vikings: 20

Lions: 10