Lions vs. Vikings NFL Week 4 Preview

By Brian Cote

The Detroit Lions have a great deal on the line in their week four match-up with the Minnesota Vikings.

For one thing the Lions are 1-2 on the season and for another they are trying to prevent going into their bye week with a 1-3 record. That would be absolutely disastrous for the Lions, so now is as good a time as ever to turn things around.

Many of the Lions key players have not performed up to par so far in 2012. Matthew Stafford seemed to come to life last week against the Tennessee Titans before leaving the game late with an injury. There is much speculation this week as to how well he will play on Sunday.

The defense has failed across the board to say the least and there is not enough time to single out just one player, but the secondary would be a great start.

The Vikings are coming off of a huge home win against the heavily favored San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers were a team that many people in the media thought was the best in the NFL, but as the saying in the NFL goes anybody can be beat on “Any given Sunday”.

Detroit will have to get pressure on Vikings QB Christian Ponder and will have to limit RB Adrian Peterson from breaking big plays. WR Percy Harvin will also be a threat as well, especially if the Vikings get a ground game going and Detroit starts to focus on stuffing the run.

DT Ndamukong Suh has been missing from opposing team’s backfields so much that you would think the Lions put him on a milk box.

On a positive note Detroit is playing home at Ford Field. RB Mikel Leshoure showed a great deal of promise by rushing for a 100 yards in his first NFL game. If the Lions can protect Stafford, play solid defense and run the ball effectively they should win going away.

That may sound good, but that is why they play the games though.

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