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Opponent: Home, Detroit Lions
Predicted Final Score: 27-24, Minnesota
The Minnesota Vikings have had a more than disappointing opening two weeks of the season.
In Week 1, the Vikings went on the road to face the San Diego Chargers. Despite a terrible debut from quarterback Donovan McNabb, the Vikings still led most of the game due to a combination of good defense and lousy play from opposing QB Philip Rivers.
Leading 17-14 going into the fourth quarter, the Vikings gave up the lead and eventually the game, losing 24-17.
This loss was expected, though. The Chargers were supposed to be the better team, so the fact that the Vikings were able to almost pull off a road victory despite a lack of offense was a great sign.
That brings us to Week 2, where the Vikings looked to be in control yet again. McNabb was playing well, Adrian Peterson was being his normal, scary self, and the Vikings held a 17-10 lead going into the fourth quarter.
For the second week in a row, the Vikings gave up a fourth quarter lead, this time on a 4-yard touchdown run by Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount with 30 seconds remaining in the game.
So after two major fourth quarter let downs, the Vikings have to feel drained and embarrassed. This week, they face their toughest challenge yet in the Detroit Lions.
The Lions have looked tremendous so far this season behind the strong play of QB Matthew Stafford and their young, relentless defense. They look in line to post their first winning season since 2000.
Even though the Lions are a 3.5-point favorite on the road, I feel like this game has a great chance to be a toss-up. The Vikings have looked good, they just need to finish games.
Maybe this is the week that the Lions slip up and fall victim to old mistakes.