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Vikings vs Lions: 10 Keys to the Game for Detroit

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Vikings vs Lions: 10 Keys to the Game for Detroit
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A month ago, this looked like an easy win. A throwaway game. No special implications in the NFC North divisional race.

Now, this is a critical game for the Lions to go into their bye week at 2-2 and (depending on how the Bears do against the Cowboys on Monday night) possibly hold a share of the NFC North lead.

More importantly, it is a game for the Lions to not fall to 1-3, only to spend two weeks surrounded by doomsayers.

Granted, that probably has a lot to do with my personally not wanting to hear calls for the heads of Jim Schwartz, Martin Mayhew, Scott Linehan, Gunther Cunningham, Matthew Stafford and anyone else perceived to be in a position of influence with the Lions. The team itself probably doesn't care all that much about what the media says, but it would still rather get a win than a loss.

Especially when the team you're facing just dominated the team that dominated you.

So here are the keys to the game, in which the Lions attempt to re-establish some credibility and wipe out a disappointing start to the season.

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