Minnesota Vikings Versus Detroit Lions Week 3 Pregame Preview

JP FrederickCorrespondent ISeptember 26, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings watches a replay on the scoreboard during the game against the Miami Dolphins on September 19, 2010 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jamie Squire/Getty Images

I'm sitting in the Vikings press box, surrounded by guys with headphones, staring at a kid wearing a Toby Gerhart Vikings jersey with the tag still on it, wondering how I haven't seen any Barry Sanders jerseys yet. Having to sit forward to allow someone to get through Again, and all the time thinking: Oh, couch. I miss you.

But I did just see Asher Allen catch a ball, which is something I'd probably never get to see in a game from my couch.

This is a big day for the Vikings with 0-3 potentially in their future.  The Detroit Lions are - yeah, I can't believe I'm about to say this, too - very capable of coming in here today and being the final nail in the Vikings 2010 season.

With Calvin Johnson able to look like a man among boys in the secondary, Ndamukong Suh able to make John Sullivan and Anthony Herrera look like rag dolls, and Jahvid Best able to run away from the Vikings seemingly eroding run defense, Detroit has the infrastructure to beat the Vikings and create a lot of boo birds in the Metrodome.

Having said that, they are the Lions.  Detroit hasn't beat the Vikings in the Metrodome since 1997.  The Lions are 30th in total defense, they have given up the 27th most points per game, and their pass defense is 30th in the league.  That's not a good back seven.  

This could just be the game, the elixir, the Vikings and Brett Favre need.  

Minnesota are the favorites in this game and they should be.  But this isn't like past years.  The Lions have a chance.