Flashback Friday: Vikings Comeback against Lions in 2022 + Prediction

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The 7-7 Minnesota Vikings and the 10-4 Detroit Lions will face off at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

This will be the first time both teams will face each other this season.

Flashback Friday: Vikings Comeback against Lions in 2022 + Prediction

Minnesota still has an outside chance of winning the NFC North, but their chances definitely took a big hit last week when they lost yet another winnable game. All seven of their losses were very winnable. If Minnesota goes 3-0 and Detroit goes 0-3, Minnesota will be NFC North Champions for the second year in a row.

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The last time these two teams faced each other in Minnesota came last season in week three. It was the beginning of many crazy wins in the regular season for them.

Kirk Cousins went 24/41 for 260 yards and two touchdowns. Dalvin Cook rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. K.J. Osborn caught five passes for 73 yards and the game-winning touchdown. Adam Thielen caught six passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.

On defense. Josh Metellus sealed the win with an interception and recorded 11 tackles. Jordan Hicks recorded a game-high 14 tackles.

“We’re a resilient team. We got it going, and when it counted we got it done,” Osborn said.

For Detroit, Jared Goff went 25/41 for 277 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Jamaal Williams rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Josh Reynolds caught six passes for 96 yards. Current Minnesota tight end T.J. Hockenson caught a touchdown pass.

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On defense, Alex Anzalone recorded a sack and a team-high 11 tackles.

Minnesota won 28-24. after trailing 24-14 entering the fourth quarter.

They improved to 2-1 with the win and finished the regular season at 13-4. It was their first NFC North division title since 2017.

It is impressive that Minnesota is still in the playoff race despite starting 1-4 and being without Cousins the past six games, but how they keep losing games has been very costly. Turnovers and some poor coaching decisions have played a significant role in them.

This should be a very good game. It would have been even better if Minnesota had one more win since it would have given them a better shot at the division. Bigger stakes usually make games more fun.

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Minnesota leads the all-time series 80-41-2 and has beaten Detroit the past five times at home. This year, Detroit’s team is much different than in years past. They are no longer a laughing stock in this league, which they have been for most years since Barry Sanders retired after the 1998 season.

Winning the division still looks very tough, but not impossible to do. Minnesota can win this game, and after that, they can still keep their heads up high and make the next two weeks even more interesting.

Division title or not, the playoffs are still a very good possibility for this team. If the season ended today, they would have the seventh seed.

It is getting close to playoff time. Fans are getting more and more excited every week all around the league.

Prediction: Vikings win 31-23


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