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What knee surgery?
Detroit is coming off a convincing 31-14 win—but it was against the Jaguars.
Mikel Leshoure seems to have finally hit his stride as an NFL back, scoring three touchdowns against the lowly Jags.
The Lions don’t need Leshoure to do this every game, since they have the No. 2 ranked passing offense in the league and the best wide receiver in the game, but having a capable back is something the Lions will need to fully turn this season around.
While the Lions look to be turning things around, the Vikings look like they are going in the opposite direction.
The Vikings have dropped three of their last four games and after a 4-1 start are now only one loss away from being at .500. On top of that, the multi-talented Percy Harvin may be unavailable (via Yahoo! Sports).
The Vikings are firmly on the shoulders of Adrian Peterson, especially if Harvin is out. Fresh off of knee surgery, Peterson looks better than ever. He leads the league in rushing and has made a habit of trucking anyone in his way.
Calvin Johnson has been unable to find the end zone on a consistent basis this year, but has still been an effective weapon gaining yards. I see him and Matt Stafford hooking up early and often against the Vikings.
If Harvin is out, the Vikings will be very limited on offense. If they get down early, the effectiveness of Peterson, the team’s only offensive weapon, will be greatly devalued.
Lions 21, Vikings 13