If the Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions at 1 p.m. Sunday in Detroit, the Vikings will not only end the team's three-game losing streak to Detroit, they'll also hand the Lions their third consecutive loss and keep them in last place in the NFC North.
Minnesota comes into the game at 2-1 and led by second-year quarterback Christian Ponder, who is off to a promising start this season. Ponder is completing 70 percent of his passes and has thrown four touchdown passes with no interceptions. He has a passer rating of 104.9.
Ponder's emergence along with both running back Adrian Peterson (58 carries for 230 yards) and wide receiver Percy Harvin (league-leading 27 receptions) returning to health, the Vikings have a balanced offense.
The Lions come into the game with several injury concerns, notably to quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford injured his leg in last week's loss to Tennessee and has been limited in practice this week. The Lions also lost defensive tackle Corey Williams this week after he had knee surgery.
Detroit has lost two straight games, including a game against the San Francisco 49ers, who the Vikings beat last week.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, September 30; 1 p.m. ET
Location: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
Lions: AM 1270 WXYT / 97.1 WXYT FM
Vikings: AM 1130 KTCN / 100.3 KFAN FM