Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings: 5 Lions You Must Watch on Sunday

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Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings:  5 Lions You Must Watch on Sunday
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There are five Detroit Lions you must watch this Sunday as they host the reeling Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings bring a four-game losing streak to Ford Field this weekend and an overall record of 2-10. The East Dakota Barneys have fewer victories this season than Albert Pujols had $200-plus million contract offers this week.

The Lions are also struggling as of late. After pacing the field through the first part of the season with a perfect 5-0 record, the Lions have hit the three-quarter pole losing five of the last seven and now are on the outside looking in for one of the two wild-card spots.

Let’s not write this team off just yet though, the Lions are playing meaningful games in December, and back in August, that’s pretty much what all Lions fans were hoping for, right?

As the Lions begin the last quarter of the season, the final four games Schwartz used last year to simulate a playoff run, the training wheels are off and the bullets are live.

The final pair of home and away games could propel the Lions into the playoffs thanks to the great state of Texas.

Yes, the Lions can thank the Lone Star State for still having a shot at the 2011 playoffs.

With the Texans knocking off the Falcons and Jason Garrett icing his own Cowboy kicker to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, the Lions remain a singular winning yellow rose out of the playoffs.

But the Texas influence goes further. It was former Texas Longhorn Roy Williams that dropped a first-and-goal pass that ultimately was intercepted and helped the Chiefs upset the Bears. Plus, the only touchdown of the game was an alley-oop reception in the end zone by Dexter McCluster.

Wait, McCluster went to Mississippi you say? Correct, but he has increased reps because Longhorn Jamaal Charles was lost for the year when he stepped on the first-down marker earlier this year in Detroit. Who says the Lions don’t control their own destiny?

If Detroit can beat Minnesota this week, it will mark the first time since 1992 that the Lions will have a three-game winning streak against the Vikings.

Yes, it took Brett Farve sitting on the bench to begin the potential trifecta, but I’m sure the Houston Texans will not forfeit any of this year’s victories against the Colts without Peyton Manning.

Once again, we will forgo discussing Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. I will, however, replace Ndamukong Suh, who is finishing his two-week staycation by pouring over repair costs for his 1970 Chevelle, with Jeff Backus.

As Jared Allen comes to town with his infantile comments this week, the matchup between the Texan-born redneck and Lions' consecutive start leader Backus is a no-brainer.

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