The inactives lists are out for both teams
|Griffen, Everson||DE||Low Back||LP||LP||FP||Probable||Active|
There are no big surprises here, but it should be mentioned once more that the Vikings are suffering injuries for a number of their starting players, with guard Charlie Johnson missing in a game he would be lined up against Ndamukong Suh, while on the defensive side of the ball, the Vikings are missing three starters in Robert Blanton, Anthony Barr and Sharrif Floyd. Floyd’s absence will be a worry against the Lions’ running game, but it might be the passing game that could cause more problems.
With the Vikings reportedly leaning on a right/left designation for their safeties, they won’t be able to rely on Xavier Rhodes to follow Calvin Johnson all game, instead getting two potential mismatches with Rhodes on Golden Tate and Josh Robinson on Calvin Johnson, if that’s how the Lions offense wants to dictate the game. The safeties will be particularly important given the fact that the primary issue in the last height/weight mismatch for Josh Robinson wasn’t just Robinson’s limitations but a lack of a good safety rolling over on top of Marshall or Jeffrey in order to provide insurance for Robinson.
Gerald Hodges performed well last week in Barr’s place, and the Vikings are looking forward to more of that. If Hodges can continue to fill in at a high level, the Vikings may have an internal solution to their linebacker problems in the next offseason.
There’s no surprise that Nick Fairley is out (he was declared out earlier this week), but it’s still a relief given the current state of the offensive line. Other than that, the Lions are running at near full health despite the extensive injury report, with Reggie Bush having been made active for the Lions. This year, the story has been the Detroit defense and so far there’s no reason to think they’ve slowed down.