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Vikings vs. Lions: Minnesota hoping to end NFC North losing streak

The Minnesota Vikings have an 11-game losing streak against NFC North opponents, so Adrian Peterson knows it's time to end that dubious string of failure.

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Would it surprise you to know that the Minnesota Vikings have lost 11 straight games NFC North opponents? It certainly surprised star running back Adrian Peterson -- who is preparing for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions -- when he heard the news from Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune on Thursday:

"Wow," Peterson said when asked if the streak is stuck in his head. "To be honest with you, that hasn't been stuck in my head because I didn't know it was 11. But, wow, it's a good thing I didn't know. It's time to end that. It's time to get back on track and start playing Vikings football."

The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears have enjoyed more success than the Vikings over the past few years, so perhaps a win against the Lions would be a great place to terminate that unsightly streak of failure. The Lions and Vikings are set to play on Sunday, Oct. 1 (12 p.m. CT) at Ford Field. Minnesota is currently tied with the Bears for first place in the NFC North with a 2-1 record overall.

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