Lions 17

(0-5, 0-3 away)

Vikings 26

(3-2, 2-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 8, 2006


1 2 3 4 T
DET 0 10 7 017
MIN 3 0 0 2326

Top Performers

Passing: J. Kitna (DET) - 225 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: C. Taylor (MIN) - 26 CAR, 123 YDS

Receiving: A. Hakim (DET) - 8 REC, 92 YDS

Detroit (0-4) at Minnesota (2-2)

Detroit (0-4) at Minnesota (2-2) Sunday 1:00 pm EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) - Rod Marinelli still is looking for his first win as coach of the Detroit Lions. He may have a tough time getting it against the NFC North rival Minnesota Vikings.

The Lions have lost their last eight visits to the Metrodome heading into Sunday's matchup against the Vikings.

Detroit has not won here since a 14-13 victory in 1997. The Lions also have lost eight in a row and 12 of the last 13 meetings between the teams.

Brad Johnson helped the Vikings sweep the series from the Lions for the fourth straight year last season. The 15-year veteran completed 32-of-45 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover.

Johnson went 15-of-22 for 136 yards and two scores in a 27-14 victory here on November 6.

Marinelli, a former defensive line coach who knows Johnson from their days in Tampa Bay, will be hoping his unit shows some improvement.

After limiting NFC champion Seattle to nine points in the opener, the Lions have allowed 34, 31 and 41 points in their last three contests. Detroit surrendered 427 total yards in last Sunday's 41-34 loss at St. Louis.

While the Lions' defense is struggling, the offense is showing signs of life under new coordinator Mike Martz. Detroit has erupted for 58 points the last two games after managing just 13 in its first two contests.

Jon Kitna threw for two touchdowns and Kevin Jones ran for a pair of scores in last week's loss to the Rams.

Also featuring a first-year coach in Brad Childress, the Vikings got off to a 2-0 start but have dropped their last two contests.

Johnson threw two interceptions and Chester Taylor managed just 23 yards rushing on 10 attempts as Minnesota dropped a 17-12 decision at Buffalo last Sunday.


Passing Leaders

M. Stafford60.342572212
S. Martin100.02700
T. Bridgewater64.429191412
M. Cassel57.742534

Rushing Leaders

J. Bell2238603.97
R. Bush762973.92
M. Asiata1645703.59
J. McKinnon1135384.80

Receiving Leaders

G. Tate99133113.44
C. Johnson71107715.28
G. Jennings5974212.66
J. Wright4258814.02

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsDET
Yards PassingDET
Yards RushingDET
Yards AllowedDET
Pass Yds AllowedDET
Rush Yds AllowedDET

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Minnesota leads 11-1
Dec 4, 2005DET 16, MIN 21
Nov 6, 2005DET 14, @MIN 27
Dec 19, 2004DET 27, MIN 28
Nov 21, 2004DET 19, @MIN 22
Nov 23, 2003DET 14, @MIN 24
Sep 21, 2003DET 13, MIN 23
Dec 29, 2002DET 36, MIN 38
Oct 13, 2002DET 24, @MIN 31
Dec 16, 2001DET 27, MIN 24
Oct 14, 2001DET 26, @MIN 31