The Lions are on the road to play the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10 of the 2012 NFL season, and there are critical keys that will dictate the outcome of this game. After a nightmarish 1-3 start to the season, the Lions have rebounded well and have clawed their way back into NFC playoff contention.
At 4-4, the Lions are still playing for their playoff lives each and every week, and this NFC North matchup is enormous for each team. The Lions are trending in a positive direction behind exceptionally strong play from young quarterback Matthew Stafford. The Vikings are struggling right now as quarterback Christian Ponder is playing through a sophomore slump.
The Lions have won three of their last four and have found their stride at a critical time of the season. The Vikings started the season strongly, but they have lost three of their last four and are sliding in the wrong direction. Both teams are banged up, but the loss of wide receiver Percy Harvin seriously limits what the Vikings' passing game will be able to do, and it helps the Lions chances of winning on the road.
Let’s look at the 10 keys to the game for the Detroit Lions.