Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

What Channel Is the Vikings vs. Lions Game On?

What Channel Is the Vikings vs. Lions Game On?

Detroit goes for the season sweep of Minnesota.

If the Lions - who handed the Vikings their most recent loss with a 14-7 decision at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 1 - win at home Thursday, they would pull within a game of the Vikings, and claim an advantage in any division tiebreaker by virtue of their third sweep of the season series in four years. Defense was clearly the story of the day as neither team had more than 284 yards. The Lions defense allowed three rushing touchdowns and a stingy 3.3 rushing yards per attempt and 74.6 rushing yards per game in the season's first five weeks. Detroit turned two fumbles in the third quarter into 11 points. Then Ngata was lost for the season to injury. The Vikings defense, which shut down Todd Gurley last game, will look to do the same to Abdullah so they can then get after Stafford, who has been sacked 33 times this season-second most in the National Football League (the Vikings defense got to Stafford five times in the first game). In 2016, Detroit beat Minnesota 16-13 in another defensive battle. The betting is favoring the Vikings to cover that spread as well with 57% of the bettors backing them and 43% against. Bradford simply made a bad throw.

Set for 12:30PM ET in Detroit, the Vikings-Lions divisional matchup will be the first of the three Thanksgiving Day games.

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This year's three-game Turkey day slate features Minnesota at Detroit, Los Angeles (Chargers) at Dallas, and New York (Giants) at Washington.

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The Lions have a decent secondary, led by cornerback Nevin Lawson and safety Glover Quin (who had five and four tackles, respectively, last game versus Minnesota), but Keenum is aided by his ability to extend plays with his legs (and sixth sense, seemingly) in a Pat Shurmur offense that looks to throw to a host of different receivers (Keenum hit nine different ones against the Rams). This year's Vikings are on a six-game winning streak, owners of an 8-2 record that has them two games clear of the Lions in the NFC North and tied for the second-best record in the conference. The Lions also won their last game 27-24 against the Bears and improved to 6-4. Prater kicked the winning 52-yard field goal with 1:35 left. In that game, Matthew Stafford completed 21 of 31 throws for 299 yards and 2 touchdowns while Theo Riddick made 9 carries for35 yards and Marvin Jones Jr. made 4 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown.

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