Sunday, December 07, 2008

On Tap: The Vikings

Another blacked out game in Detroit as the Lions take on the Minnesota Vikings. Earlier in the season, Minnesota managed to best Detroit by two points thanks in part to a Dan Orlovsky safety and a pair of bad calls by the referees (mind you, the calls didn't mean the Lions would have won, only it guaranteed they couldn't win).

Sports columnists near and around Detroit have all singled out this game against Minnesota being the last chance the Lions have at avoiding infamy. If you look at the rest of the schedule, they have two more games at Indianapolis, home against New Orleans, and at Green Bay in that order. All four teams are in the hunt for a playoff spot, but Indianapolis is the only bonafide contender for a Superbowl.

I have a problem with the sportswriters and the analysts on this one. Why is it only this game appears to be the last shot Detroit has at infamy. Adrian Peterson has blown it up against Detroit in the three games he's played against them. The star running back for Minnesota has never rushed less than 100 yards against Detroit, and even the last game where he ran for 111, he was still a major reason why they came out on top.

And what about Green Bay? The rub on Detroit is that they haven't won at Lambeau Field since 1991. I'd remind people however, the in the last four years, the Lions have been very close to beating Green Bay, in so much as leading in the 2nd half in 2004, and 2005, and they were only down 8 points when they lost in 2006. Brett Favre isn't there anymore. Green Bay isn't what it used to be. Not that Aaron Rodgers won't bring the Packers back to contention, it just isn't this year.

Bottom line: the real best shot at avoiding the ugly 0-16 is against the Packers, not the Vikings. As for tomorrow, I'm taking Minnesota. The Viking don't have Daunte Culpepper on their team.

Minnesota 28
Detroit 13

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