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    Lions vs Vikings scouting report

    I dont think this guy knows much about football:

    http://www.thelionsfanatics.com/insider_news_175.html
    ...Rodgers had to hold on the ball longer, giving players like Jared "I am completely insane and will literally eat your children" Allen time to sack Rodgers again.And again. And again. Actually I think Rodgers may have nightmares about Jared Allen the rest of the year.

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    Re: Lions vs Vikings scouting report

    Here's a take from KFFL (from a fantasy football perspective, obviously)

    Minnesota Vikings Week 13 Analysis

    December 1, 2005

    By Joel Grimes
    Edited by John Gruninger


    MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DETROIT LIONS

    After their fourth straight victory, the Minnesota Vikings (6-5) may actually be on to something. The defense has begun to show glimpses of a defense that the Vikings haven't seen in years and the offense is now doing enough to win most games. The best thing the Vikings have going for them is playing a Detroit Lions (4-7) team in complete turmoil. After the release of their HC Steve Mariucci and tough comments from players, they could either step up or slide further. Let's see how they match up.

    PASSING MATCH-UP: QUARTERBACKSAfter winning his fourth consecutive start, QB Brad Johnson has his first solid fantasy performance in Week 12. He is averaging 1.3 TDs, 0.5 INTs and 171 passing yards per game since Week 9. While those are not stellar numbers, they have been good enough for the Vikings to win. With the emergence of WR Koren Robinson and the success of RB Mewelde Moore, Johnson may add a bit more fantasy value. Johnson played the Lions earlier this season and threw for 136 yards and two touchdowns. He is viewed as an average No. 1 quarterback or solid Injury replacement.

    Surprisingly, the Detroit Lions have done well against opposing quarterbacks. In their last four games, the Lions are allowing an average of 1.3 TDs, 0.3 INTs, 188 passing yards and 16 rushing yards per game to opposing quarterbacks. While Johnson has had some success in recent weeks, he faces a decent Lions secondary with the inclusion of CB Dre' Bly.

    RUSHING MATCH-UP: RUNNING BACKSRB Mewelde Moore continues to be hampered by ankle injuries but continues to show up on game day. Since Week 9, Moore is averaging 60 rushing yards and 13 receiving yards per game but has not found the end zone outside of a 71-yard punt return in Week 10. While his yards are not significant, he is averaging 4.4 yards per carry over that span. Moore has been utilized an average of 15 plays per game (24 percent) and 1.8 plays per game in the red zone (17 percent). It is safe to assume that Moore's carries will increase as the team focuses on a slow-paced, clock management game plan. Moore had 49 rushing and 26 receiving yards without scoring against the Lions earlier this season. He is viewed as a strong play and a solid No. 3 running this week.

    RB Michael Bennett has dropped almost completely out of the Vikings offensive attack. Last week Bennett was utilized on just three offensive plays. Since Week 9 he is averaging 14 offensive plays (21 percent) and 1.8 plays per game in the red zone (17 percent). Over that period, Bennett has averaged just 0.3 touchdowns, 32 rushing yards and 7 receiving yards per game. With numbers like these, Bennett's fantasy success may be hard to come by. Bennett rushed for 106 yards and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass versus the Lions earlier this season. He is a weak play and a bench running back this week.

    Rookie RB Ciatrick Fason is also seeing a few carries per game in relief of Moore. Fason is averaging 3.5 plays per game (5 percent) and 1.5 plays per game in the red zone (15 percent). He has turned those numbers into a paltry 0.5 TDs and 8 rushing yards per game. While he may steal an occasion goal-line carry, he is not a significant fantasy player at this point. Fason had 10 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Lions this season. He is a weak play and a bench running back this week.

    Detroit has been horrendous against opposing running backs. They are the worst in the league in defending the run. Since Week 9, opposing running backs are averaging 1.5 touchdowns, 136 rushing yards and 41 receiving yards per game. If they continue to struggle in stopping the run, Moore could have a solid game ahead of him.

    RECEIVING MATCH-UP PART I: WIDE RECEIVERS A popular saying for former Minnesota Vikings WR Cris Carter was "All he does is catch touchdowns." While WR Marcus Robinson isn't the same caliber wide receiver as Carter was, Robinson's recent performances may cause some to repeat the popular phrase. Since Week 9, Robinson has averaged just 1.3 receptions per game. Fortunately he is also averaging a solid 0.8 touchdowns per game and 14 receiving yards. Over that span he is averaging just two targets per game (3 percent) and one target per game in the red zone (10 percent). While Robinson's targets are a bit concerning, his performance is not. Robinson had one catch for 12 yards against the Lions earlier this year. He is viewed as a decent No. 3 wide receiver or injury replacement this week.

    WR Travis Taylor is the most targeted Vikings wide receiver in recent weeks. He has been targeted an average of 5.5 times per game (9 percent) and 0.7 times per game in the red zone (7 percent) in his last four games. He has converted those plays into an average of three receptions for 35 yards per game. While these are not stellar, his targets warrant consideration. Taylor had four catches for 27 yards against the Lions earlier in the year. He is an average injury replacement or bench wide receiver this week.

    WR Koren Robinson is the second most targeted Vikings wide receiver since Week 9. In that time span, he has been targeted an average of four time per game (6 percent) and once per game in the red zone (10 percent). While he has one touchdown in that time span in the return game, he does not have an offensive touchdown this season. In his last four games he is averaging 2.3 receptions for 32 yards per game. Robinson managed just one 5-yard reception earlier in the year versus the Lions. He is an average injury replacement or just a bench wide receiver this week.

    Rookie WR Troy Williamson took himself out of practice last week so head coach Mike Tice took him out of the game. Williamson is in Tice's "doghouse" and it is possible he may be a game-day inactive again this week. Since Week 9, Williamson is averaging just 1.3 receptions for 10 yards per game on an average of 3.3 targets per game. Until Williamson has shown Tice he has matured he will be on the bench, as he should be on your fantasy team this week. Williamson had three receptions for 26 yards versus the Lions in their matchup this season. He is a weak play and bench wide receiver against the Lions.

    Star WR Nate Burleson (hip) continues to be hampered by injury. He did not catch a pass in Week 12. Since Week 9 he has averaged just 3.5 plays per game and converted those into an average of just one reception for 8 yards per game. Even if Burleson is able to play, his time on the field should be limited this week.

    Detroit is one of the better teams in defending opposing wide receivers since Week 9. In that four-game span, opposing wide receivers are averaging just 0.5 touchdowns and 104 receiving yards per game. Burleson had a touchdown with two receptions and 16 yards versus the Lions in Week 9. The Vikings wide receivers have a tough matchup ahead of them.

    RECEIVING MATCH-UP PART II: TIGHT ENDSWhile TE Jermaine Wiggins has not found the end zone in recent weeks, he is consistently seeing his fair share of targets. Since Week 9, Wiggins is averaging 6.3 targets per game (10 percent) and 1.3 targets per game in the red zone (12 percent). Back on week 9 Wiggins had just one reception for 11 yards versus the Lions. He has converted those plays into an average of 4.5 receptions for 47 receiving yards per game. Wiggins is a strong play against the Lions defense and a decent No. 1 tight end or solid injury replacement.

    Since Week 9, Kleinsasser is averaging a paltry 0.5 receptions for 9.5 yards per game. Over that time span he has seen just three balls thrown his way (1 percent). He caught one 8-yard pass earlier versus the Lions. Needless to say, Kleinsasser is not viewed as a fantasy threat right now and is a weak play and bench tight end against the Lions.

    The Detroit Lions are in the middle of the league in defending opposing tight ends. Opposing tight ends are averaging 43 receiving yards and 0.5 touchdowns since Week 9. It is safe to assume that Wiggins will continue to see his targets but he may have limited success this week.

    KICKING MATCH-UPPK Paul Edinger's accuracy may be struggling in recent weeks, but based on the amount of kicks he is averaging, he has become a decent fantasy option. Since Week 9 Edinger is averaging 2.8-for-2.8 on XPAs and 1.5-for-2.5 on FGAs. Edinger is going up against a team that has also providing quite a few kicking opportunities to opposing kickers. He is viewed as a decent No. 1 place kicker this week against the Lions.

    Detroit is giving opposing kickers plenty of kick opportunities and has struggled stop them. In their last four games, Detroit is allowing an average of 2-for-2.3 on FGAs and 2.3-for-2.3 on XPAs for an average of 9.2 maximum kicking points per game. With Detroit's team struggling both on and off the field, Edinger may be in line for a decent showing this week.

    DEFENSIVE MATCH-UPThe Minnesota Vikings defense has proved to be a turnover and fantasy machine in recent weeks. Since Week 9, the Vikings defense is averaging 2.7 INTs, 1 fumble, 0.5 defensive TDs, 0.5 special teams TDs and 3.3 sacks per game. They are giving up just 16 offensive points per game over that span. Led by FS Darren Sharper, the Vikings defense has become a very solid fantasy defense. They are viewed as a very solid No. 1 defense and strong play against the horrible Lions offense.

    If turmoil at the quarterback position weren't enough, Detroit RB Kevin Jones has also struggled in recent weeks. Since Week 9, the Detroit Lions offense is averaging just 14 offensive points per game and has allowed 2.7 sacks, 1 fumble and 1 INT per game. Even with QB Jeff Garcia at the helm, the Lions offense provides a solid opportunity for the Vikings defense to have a big week.

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    Re: Lions vs Vikings scouting report

    picking the lions = you are not an expert
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    Re: Lions vs Vikings scouting report

    I guess Salisbury's not an expert :grin:
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    Re: Lions vs Vikings scouting report

    The only thing flipped about the first post link is, the writer of the storys mind...

    Vikes come home a 27-14 winner.....


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    Re: Lions vs Vikings scouting report

    hes trying to say theyre more talented than us. lmfao

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    Re: Lions vs Vikings scouting report

    Jones is going to wear down the Phat Pat, Neuman & the Vikings "D"? Lions 27, Vikes 14?

    What is this guy smoking?

    Once Jones gets "Neumaned" or is the receipient of a "Phat Pat Splat" it will be lights out for their running game.

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    Re: Lions vs Vikings scouting report

    Whoever wrote that WAS an idiot... last time I checked, two of the people he was saying we had to worry about (K-will and Smoot) - are OUT?!?


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    Re: Lions vs Vikings scouting report

    "ThorSPL" wrote:
    Whoever wrote that WAS an idiot... last time I checked, two of the people he was saying we had to worry about (K-will and Smoot) - are OUT?!?
    Well detroit dosent have a public school system, im amazed that he was even literate.

    Poor randy

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