1:00 PM ET, October 8, 2006
1:00 PM ET, October 8, 2006
Detroit (0-4) at Minnesota (2-2) Sunday 1:00 pm EDT
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.
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.
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Both teams are coming off frustrating road losses. Ironically, Brad Childress, a former offensive coordinator with the Eagles, has his team playing very good defense, while Rod Marinelli, a former defensive line coach in Tampa, has seen his defense struggle.
The Minnesota offense has only scored three touchdowns in four games and Detroit's defense has given over 30 points in the last three games. The good news for the Lions is the Vikings have not scored more than 19 points in a game. The Minnesota defense has only allowed only five touchdowns in four games.
|Avg Points Allowed||28.2||16.4|
|TEAM OFFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|TEAM DEFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|Pass Yds Allowed||DET|
|Rush Yds Allowed||DET|
|Minnesota leads 11-1|
|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|