Lions At Vikings: Minnesota Falls Apart Again, Loses To Detroit In OT

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Lions At Vikings: Minnesota Blows Huge Lead Again In Loss To Detroit

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it happened.


The Vikings raced out to a huge halftime lead, this time by 20 points. The offense was, once again, humming along, and things were looking good for Minnesota.

And then, for the third time in three weeks, the team completely fell apart after halftime, winding up in an overtime situation with the Detroit Lions. The Lions wasted no time in the extra frame, taking only five plays to go 59 yards in less than two minutes, ending up with a 26-23 victory over the Vikings.

The Vikings have outscored their opponents 54-7 in the first half of three games this season. They have been outscored in the second half by a total of 67-6.

You really had to see this one with your own eyes to believe it, ladies and gentlemen. We'll have more on this one over the next couple of days, but for now. . .well, I don't think Viking fans want to talk too much about it at the moment.


Lions At Vikings: Longwell Ties It Up For Minnesota

Ryan Longwell is one of the NFL's most accurate and reliable kickers, and he showed it again when the Vikings needed him late in this one.

The Vikings drove down to the Lions' 31-yard line, and the team attempted to take a shot deep into the end zone to Bernard Berrian, but Donovan McNabb missed his receiver by a couple of yards, allowing the pass to fall incomplete. The Vikings brought Longwell onto the field, and he was solid from 49 yards to tie the game at 23.

The Vikings have kicked it off for a touchback, and it's now on the Vikings' defense to either get a stop or to take this game into overtime.

With 1:11 left on the clock at the Metrodome, the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions are tied at 23. The Lions have just committed a false start to push them five yards farther back. We'll see if the Vikings can take advantage.


Lions At Vikings: Detroit Takes The Lead

The Minnesota Vikings have been outscored 64-3 in the second halves of ball games this year, and the latest three points have allowed the Detroit Lions to come all the way back, as they now lead the Vikings by a score of 23-20 with two and a half minutes left to go at the Metrodome.

The Vikings scored the first 20 points of this game, but the Lions have come back with a vengeance after the break. The Minnesota offense has, literally, done nothing, while the Lions have met little resistance going up and down the field, with Matthew Stafford picking apart the zone defense the Vikings are playing enroute to another 300-yard passing performance.

With a little more than two minutes left from the Metrodome, the Minnesota Vikings now trail the Detroit Lions by a score of 23-20.

Can the Vikings pull off the improbable comeback? Keep it right here, and we'll keep you updated.


Lions At Vikings: And We Are Tied At 20

The Minnesota Vikings got off to a fast start against the Detroit Lions by scoring the first 20 points of the game.

Unfortunately, in a script that is becoming all too familiar, the Lions have scored the last 20.

So, the game at the Metrodome is tied at 20 points each.

It could have been worse, but a great defensive play on third down by Chris Cook against Calvin Johnson kept the ball out of Megatron's hands and forced the Lions to settle for a 50-yard Jason Hanson field goal.

The Vikings have now been outscored 61-3 in the second half of their three games this season after outscoring their opponents 54-7 in the first half.

The Vikings have the ball near their own 20 with approximately five minutes left in the football game, and the score is tied at 20.

Keep it tuned right here to keep up with all of the action!


Lions At Vikings: Detroit Now Within A Field Goal

If you're a member of the Minnesota Vikings, you have to think that this is getting relatively ridiculous.

After building a 20-0 halftime lead, the Vikings have seen the lead evaporate to three points. Even after the Vikings held the Lions deep in their own territory, the Lions only needed five plays to travel 89 yards and score another touchdown. The big play of the drive for Detroit was the last play of the third quarter, as Matthew Stafford found running back Jahvid Best for a 60-yard gain on a third down to put the Lions all the way down to the 5-yard line. A couple of plays later, Stafford found Calvin Johnson in the end zone for his second touchdown catch of the day.

Jason Hanson's extra point gave the Vikings a 20-17 lead.

The Lions have just stopped the Vikings on a fourth and short deep in Detroit territory, so the Vikings will give the ball back to the Lions with a little more than eleven minutes remaining in the game, clinging to a three-point lead.


Lions At Vikings: Detroit Adds Three More, Score Now 20-10

This is starting to look all too familiar for the Minnesota Vikings.

After their second straight three-and-out, the Lions once again started near midfield, and once again moved down the field with little resistance from Minnesota. A pass from Matthew Stafford to Brandon Pettigrew put the Lions all the way down at the Vikings' 4-yard line, but the defense stiffened up from there. Jared Allen stopped running back Maurice Morris for a 3-yard loss, and Brian Robison sacked Stafford for a ten-yard loss on second down. After a short pass to Calvin Johnson, the Lions had to settle for a field goal attempt from Jason Hanson. Hanson was good from 28 yards out, and the Vikings lead is now half of what it was at 20-10.

With 3:14 left in the third quarter of play, the Vikings are having a rough go of it in the second half, but they still lead the Detroit Lions by ten points. We will have to see whether or not they can hold on to this lead.


Lions At Vikings: Detroit Finally Dents The Scoreboard

Here we go again?

After the Lions and Vikings exchanged punts to start the third quarter of play, the Lions started out with good field position near the midfield stripe, and they took full advantage of it. Taking just four plays to move 52 yards, quarterback Matthew Stafford found the man they call "Megatron," wide receiver Calvin Johnson, deep down the right sideline for a 39-yard touchdown pass. With the extra point, the score went from 20-0 to 20-7 in favor of Minnesota.

The 52 yards that the Lions gained on their touchdown drive more than doubled their total yardage for the game. Detroit only had a total of 50 yards of offense in the first half of play.

The Vikings have now been outscored 48-3 in the second half of play thus far. They really, really need to get something done to get the lead back to what it was.

With 9:16 left in the third quarter and the Vikings in possession of the ball, Minnesota holds a 20-7 lead over the Detroit Lions.


Lions At Vikings: Minnesota's Special Teams Come Through

Special teams are an often underrated part of the game, but they gave the Vikings a big boost at the end of the first half against the Detroit Lions.

After getting stopped deep in their own territory, Vikings' punter Chris Kluwe blasted a punt that put Detroit back to their own 33-yard line, thanks to a great tackle by Marcus Sherels. After the Vikings held the Lions to another three-and-out, Sherels got in on the act again, returning the Detroit punt 53 yards. A face mask penalty on the Lions moved the ball all the way to the Detroit 13-yard line. Three plays later, Donovan McNabb picked up a bad John Sullivan snap, ran to the right, and came back to the left to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe for an 8-yard touchdown pass.

The Ryan Longwell extra point put the Vikings ahead by a score of 20-0, meaning that they have outscored their opponents 54-7 in three first halves this season. Now, it remains to be seen if they can do the job in the second half.

At halftime, McNabb is 12/18 for 103 yards and a touchdown. Adrian Peterson has carried the ball 12 times for 73 yards and a score, and Percy Harvin has 67 total yards. . .two rushes for 41 yards and two receptions for 26 yards.

Going into the locker room at halftime, the Minnesota Vikings lead the Detroit Lions by a score of 20-0. Detroit will get possession to begin the second half of play.


Lions At Vikings: Peterson Finds The End Zone To Put Minnesota Up, 13-0

Stop me if you've heard this one, but things are going well in the first half for the Minnesota Vikings.

After stopping the high-powered Detroit offense one more time, the Vikings took over at their own 33-yard line. However, they didn't stay there for long, as Percy Harvin took an end around handoff from Donovan McNabb and blasted around the left side for a 41-yard sprint, putting the Vikings at the Detroit 26. After a couple of passes to Kyle Rudolph, the Vikings lined up in a Power-I formation, handed the ball to Adrian Peterson, and the best running back in the National Football league flew around the left side for a 6-yard touchdown run.

Ryan Longwell buried the extra point to give the Vikings a 13-0 lead, meaning that they have now outscored their opponents by a score of 47-7 in the first half of games this season.

With six minutes remaining in the first half at the Metrodome, the Vikings lead the Detroit Lions by a score of 13-0.


Lions At Vikings: Another Field Goal Extends Minnesota Lead To 6-0

Once again, the Vikings had a promising drive going, and it wound up stalling when they got down into the Detroit Lions' red zone.

Minnesota forced a three-and-out from the Lions, including Jared Allen sacking Matthew Stafford, the first time Stafford has been sacked this season. After taking over near midfield, the Vikings moved downfield, aided by a roughing the passer penalty Lions' defensive tackle Sammie Hill on an incomplete pass on third down that kept the Vikings' drive alive. However, once Minnesota got inside the 20, the drive stalled, and the Vikings had to settle for Ryan Longwell's second field goal of the day, a 41-yarder that made the score 6-0 in favor of Minnesota.

Longwell is now 92 for his last 96 on field goals from 45 yards and in. He is also five out of five on this season.

With 3:55 left in the first quarter of play, the Minnesota Vikings lead the Detroit Lions at the Metrodome by a score of 6-0.


Lions At Vikings: Minnesota Scores First, Leads 3-0

The Vikings got off to a decent start against the Detroit Lions on their first drive of the afternoon, driving the ball down the field and converting a Ryan Longwell field goal attempt for a 3-0 lead.

The Vikings started out at their own 23-yard line on the drive, and the highlight of the drive was a big 43-yard run by Adrian Peterson to get the Vikings down to Detroit's 20-yard line. Unfortunately, a sack of Donovan McNabb on first and goal put the Vikings behind the eight ball, and they were unable to get any closer to the end zone.

Longwell then came in and hit a field goal from 33 yards out for a 3-0 Minnesota lead. The Vikings' scoring drive went 63 yards in 12 plays, taking 5:22 off of the clock in the process.

With 9:38 left in the first quarter at the Metrodome, the Minnesota Vikings lead the Detroit Lions by a score of 3-0.


Lions At Vikings: Inactives For Both Teams Announced

Both the Lions and Vikings have announced their inactive players for this afternoon's contest.


LB Xavier Adibi
CB Brandon Burton
WR Greg Camarillo
C Brandon Fusco
T DeMarcus Love
S Mistral Raymond
DE D’Aundre Reed


WR Rashied Davis
DT Nick Fairley
OL Jason Fox
LB Doug Hogue
OL Jacques McClendon
CB Alphonso Smith
QB Drew Stanton

No huge surprises for either team. Vikings' cornerback Chris Cook, who was the only player the Vikings listed as "questionable" on the injury report this week, is active, though it's not known what role he will play in today's game. The Vikings will also welcome back defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who missed the first two games of the 2011 season while sitting out his suspension for the whole StarCaps mess.

For the Lions, rookie Nick Fairley hurt his foot in the pre-season and is not ready to go yet, which is good for Minnesota. Alphonso Smith is also one of Detroit's better defensive backs, but it remains to be seen whether the Minnesota offense will be able to take advantage of his absence.


Lions At Vikings: Minnesota To Wear Throwback Uniforms Today

In 2010 and, thus far, the 2011 seasons, the Minnesota Vikings have given the appearance of attempting to set football back about thirty years. Today, against the Detroit Lions, the Vikings will turn their uniforms back that far in the hopes of giving themselves some kind of spark.

Yes, according to Mike Wobschall of the official Vikings' blog, the Vikings will be wearing throwback uniforms this afternoon when they host the Lions at the Metrodome.

Always a big hit with fan base...#Vikings will wear throwback uniforms today.
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He's right. . .a lot of the fans do enjoy the old-school Vikings' uniforms.

Now. . .will they do anything for the team this afternoon?


Lions At Vikings: Television Coverage, Announcers, And More

The Minnesota Vikings will host the Detroit Lions in Week Three of NFL action, with kickoff scheduled for 12:00 PM Central time at the Metrodome. If you're wondering how you can find the game, we're here to help you.

Fox is responsible for the broadcast of this week's game, as it is being contested between two NFC teams. According to the good folks at The 506, the game will be broadcast in all of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and both Dakotas. It will also be shown in northern Illinois, most of Montana, most of Montana, and portions of northern Ohio and Indiana, as well as in Tulsa, Oklahoma (presumably due to the Adrian Peterson factor), Fairbanks, Alaska and, inexplicably, a small portion of southwestern Florida. If you are outside of that area and are using DirecTV's Sunday Ticket service, you will be able to find the game on DirecTV Channel 710.

The television announcers that Fox is providing for this one will be Dick Stockton and John Lynch, the same gentlemen that did the announcing for last week's game between the Vikings and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

If you're not near a television, you can listen to the game on the radio. If you need to find your local Vikings Radio Network affiliate, you can check out the list right here. If you have the Sirius side of SiriusXM Satellite Radio, you have two options. . .you can listen to the Vikings' broadcast on Channel 85, or you can listen to the Lions' broadcast on Channel 135. (Not sure why you would want to do the latter, but it's your choice.) Your announcers for the radio broadcast will be Paul Allen, Pete Bercich, and Greg Coleman.

Be sure to find a way to listen to or support the Vikings as they attempt to avoid an 0-3 start against the Lions on Sunday afternoon!


Lions At Vikings: Week 3 NFL Odds Will Look Strange To Minnesota Fans

It has been thirteen seasons since the Detroit Lions have beaten the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis.

It has been even longer since the Detroit Lions were favored to beat the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis.

Going into Sunday's game at the Metrodome, the Lions are a four-point favorite to beat the Vikings in Minnesota's house. How long has it been since that was the case? Well, according to Kevin Seifert of, to find the last time the Lions were favored to win a game in Minnesota, you have to go all the way back to September 20, 1981.

To put that into perspective, 1981 was the last year that the Vikings played their home games at the old Metropolitan Stadium. That means that the Detroit Lions have never been favored to beat the Vikings at the Metrodome. . .until this week.

Incidentally, that game back in 1981 that the Lions were favored in? The Vikings won that afternoon, 26-24, on the strength of 333 passing yards and two touchdowns from Tommy Kramer, including a 59-yard connection with running back Ted Brown.

The Lions are the favorite in this one. Will they be able to meet the burden of the expectations that have been placed upon them. . .something that, with all due respect, the Lions really haven't had to deal with in a while. . .or can the Vikings conjure up some of the ghosts of the past and keep their recent dominance of this series going?

If I were a betting man. . .based on the way these two teams are currently going, I would be more tempted to bet on the former than the latter.

To keep up with the latest odds on this match-up and the rest of the NFL for Week 3, be sure to check out our friends at OddsShark.


Lions At Vikings: The Times Could Be A-Changin'

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