1:00 PM ET, September 26, 2010
Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN
The Vikings, though, will face a Lions team that's showing signs of improvement two years after its 0-16 finish.
Minnesota will try to post its 13th victory in a row at the Metrodome over Detroit, but it enters this contest seemingly out of sorts on offense after finishing one win away from the Super Bowl last season.
The Vikings have scored one touchdown in each of their first two games and didn't record their first points in last week's 14-10 loss to Miami until Adrian Peterson's 1-yard run late in the third quarter.
Peterson was also stopped on fourth down on the 1-yard line with 2:16 remaining with his team trailing by four, and Brett Favre threw three interceptions for the first time in 18 games with Minnesota, which fell to 8-1 at home with him under center.
"It's a 14-game season now and we're sitting at the bottom of it," Favre said. "What we do with it from here remains to be seen. It won't be any easier."
Injuries to Favre's top two receivers from last season haven't helped. Sidney Rice, who had team bests of 83 receptions and 1,312 yards, is expected to miss the first half of the season while recovering from hip surgery.
Percy Harvin has battled migraines and a strained right hip that he aggravated last week. Before they signed Hank Baskett on Wednesday, the Vikings' only healthy receivers were Bernard Berrian, Greg Lewis and Greg Camarillo, who have combined to catch seven passes for 85 yards.
Last season, Rice and Harvin accounted for 143 of the team's 377 receptions and nearly half of its 4,403 yards. Chester Taylor also caught another 44 passes out of the backfield, but he signed with NFC North rival Chicago in the offseason.
"We can't make excuses," Favre said. "There will be what-ifs or shoulda, coulda, wouldas. That's part of it. You go down swinging and you win swinging. If we don't make it, we don't make it."
Favre is 275 yards shy of 70,000 in his career and two TDs away from 500 as he tries to help Minnesota avoid its worst start since going 0-4 in 2002. The Vikings have won five straight and 19 of the last 21 meetings with the Lions.
Detroit, however, has been competitive in its first two games this season despite losing both. The Lions nearly snapped their lengthy road losing streak in their opener against Chicago, but wide receiver Calvin Johnson's apparent go-ahead touchdown catch was ruled incomplete in a controversial 19-14 loss, their 21st in a row away from home.
Detroit set an NFL record with 24 consecutive road losses from 2001-03.
After falling behind 18 points in the fourth quarter last week at home, the Lions scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 4:13 against Philadelphia before falling 35-32.
"I'm proud to stand among the players," coach Jim Schwartz said. "This is a tough team, a team that's resilient, that fights through a lot of situations."
Jahvid Best showcased the potential that made him one of Detroit's two first-round picks in April, catching nine passes for 154 yards and a TD and rushing for another 78 on 17 carries with two scores.
Hill, who played one game as a rookie in Minnesota in 2005, lost both of his previous matchups with his former team while with San Francisco, including 27-24 in the Metrodome last season.
Favre has won seven consecutive matchups with the Lions and has eight touchdowns and no interceptions in his past four meetings.
Detroit previously beat Minnesota at the Metrodome on Dec. 14, 1997, when Herman Moore caught a 1-yard touchdown pass with three seconds left for a 14-13 victory.
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After breaking down film of both teams, Scouts Inc. offers 10 things to watch in this week's Lions-Vikings matchup.
1. Detroit needs to get the ball in RB Jahvid Best's hands in space.
Best is Detroit's leading rusher and leading receiver. He has five of Detroit's six touchdowns this season. While he lacks the size and power to be a workhorse ball carrier, he can be extremely effective once he gets out into space. Look for offensive coordinator Scott Linehan to be creative in how he gets the ball into Best's hands (knowing Best will be Minny's biggest target).
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|Pass Yds Allowed||DET|
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Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)
|Minnesota leads 17-3|
|Nov 15, 2009||DET 10, @MIN 27|
|Sep 20, 2009||DET 13, MIN 27|
|Dec 7, 2008||DET 16, MIN 20|
|Oct 12, 2008||DET 10, @MIN 12|
|Dec 2, 2007||DET 10, @MIN 42|
|Sep 16, 2007||DET 20, MIN 17|
|Dec 10, 2006||DET 20, MIN 30|
|Oct 8, 2006||DET 17, @MIN 26|
|Dec 4, 2005||DET 16, MIN 21|
|Nov 6, 2005||DET 14, @MIN 27|
|Dec 19, 2004||DET 27, MIN 28|
|Nov 21, 2004||DET 19, @MIN 22|
|Nov 23, 2003||DET 14, @MIN 24|
|Sep 21, 2003||DET 13, MIN 23|
|Dec 29, 2002||DET 36, MIN 38|
|Oct 13, 2002||DET 24, @MIN 31|
|Dec 16, 2001||DET 27, MIN 24|
|Oct 14, 2001||DET 26, @MIN 31|