Lions (3-4)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - WEEK 9 MATCHUPS - Kyle Ratke

W...SanFran­cisco ...24-16 T at Green Bay 29-29 (OT) L ........... Buf­falo ........... 27-6 L ..... at L.A. Rams ..... 38-31 W .. at Philadel­phia .. 23-21 W ......... Ari­zona ......... 27-17 W ..... at N.Y. Jets ..... 37-17 L ..... New Or­leans ..... 30-20 Nov.4 ......... Detroit ......... 1 Nov. 11 ............. Bye ............. Nov. 18 ..... at Chicago ..... 1 Nov.25 ..GreenBay ..8:20 Dec. 2 at New Eng­land 4:25 Dec. 10 ... at Seat­tle ... 8:15 Dec. 16 ......... Mi­ami ......... 1 Dec. 23 ...... at Detroit ...... 1 Dec. 30 ...... Chicago ....... 1

Sun­day, 1 p.m. ET, U.S. Bank Sta­dium, Min­neapo­lis

TV: Fox

Danny by 6

Lions’ keys to vic­tory: You hate to call a game in the mid­dle of the sea­son a must win for Detroit, but the Lions need an up­set of the Vik­ings to keep their di­vi­sion ti­tle hopes alive. One key for Detroit will be to slow down Min­nesota’s big­gest weak­ness — the run. Detroit al­lowed 105 rush­ing yards to Sea­hawks RB Chris Car­son in Week 7, and if the Vik­ings have that type of day, it likely means an easy Min­nesota win.

Vik­ings’ keys to vic­tory: Force Lions QB Matthew Stafford into bad de­ci­sions. Stafford is an upand-down quar­ter­back. He makes some throws that make him seem like a Pro Bowl-cal­iber player and oth­ers that make you think his job is in jeop­ardy. If the Vik­ings pass rush, led by DEs Ever­son Griffen (who played in his first 2018 game against New Or­leans) and Danielle Hunter, can force Stafford into bad throws, CB Xavier Rhodes and S Har­ri­son Smith should be able to take ad­van­tage.

Matchup to watch: Lions RB Ker­ryon John­son vs. Vik­ings front seven. The Lions will try to get some sem­blance of a run­ning game go­ing against the Vik­ings, but it’s not some­thing Detroit has done a great job of lately. John­son is the lead back, but the 2018 sec­ond-round pick had just 22 yards on eight car­ries last week. John­son has two 100-yard games this sea­son, and it’s no sur­prise the Lions are 2-0 in those games.

Who wins? The Vik­ings are the more ta­lented team, but it’s been that way in the past, too, and the Lions have up­set Min­nesota. So what changes here? QB Kirk Cousins will have a big game.

Vik­ings, 23-17 Sheri­dan’s line: Vik­ings

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