Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions: What to watch for in Week 4 matchup
The Minnesota Vikings head into Week 4 after an impressive win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They face a Detroit Lions team that is licking their wounds after the last second touchdown ruling was wiped out. Case Keenum will once again get the start after looking unstoppable against the Buccaneers. Matthew Stafford seemed to get very little help up front while the defense of the Lions turned over the Falcons offense three times and kept the Lions in the game.
Detroit’s offensive line was giving Stafford very little time in the pocket against the Falcons. Everson Griffen was quoted as calling Greg Robinson Lazy several times in this weeks media scrums. On the other side of the line, Rick Wagner was beaten several times and flagged for holding on a couple occasions. The Vikings pose a large test with the defensive line rotation they possess. Expect Stafford to have the same type of troubles as he did last week.
Minnesota’s defense has been stellar all year. Xavier Rhodes has taken opposing number 1 receivers and shut them down, leaving the other wideouts and tight ends to account for in the passing game. Golden Tate is far and away Stafford’s best and prime target with Theo Riddick posing a threat out of the backfield. Rhodes will be following Tate around the field leaving Kendricks to matchup with Riddick when he is in the game.
There is not much to say about the Lions run game because it has been anemic. They will mix in a run or two but don’t be mistaken the offense and air only attack. The Lions will look to exploit Trae Waynes in the deep game with rookie Kenny Galloway, much like Pittsburgh did with Martavis Bryant.
Case Keenum has had one really bad game and one really good game this year. In Week 2 Keenum ran away from his protection not allowing himself time in the pocket and getting himself hurried, hit and sacked. Week 3 comes around and right away Keenum shows his poise hitting Adam Thielen with great protection and the next play sliding over in the pocket and hitting his check down to Cook. He did this routinely throughout the entire game.
If Keenum shows this type of poise the Vikings will be in business all day. The Lions pose a threat as they are very good at sniffing out interceptions. They single-handedly kept Detroit in the game with the Falcons. Darius Slay seems to like playing against the Vikings and may get an interception.
Vikings have had a consistent ground game with rookie Dalvin Cook. Cook seems to be on a mission to make the nation of Skol forget about another guy that was with them for many years. He is on pace to have 1556 yards on the ground.
Cook has been rushing the ball at a 4.7 yard per carry clip so far this season and will l continue to do good things this week. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have been a dynamic duo to start the year.
Theilen has had no less than five catches per game this year and has two catches for over 40 yards this year. Diggs is the cog that makes this offense go.
If Diggs get involved early there is no telling how good the offense will be. Look for a big game from Digg 6 catches and 125 yards, one touchdown to be the line.
Prediction for the game: Minnesota Vikings win 24-20