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    Preview for Minn/Detroit & Bears/Pack

    This was a preview for this weekend from Realfootball365.

    When the (6-5) step on the field of battle against the (4-7) this Sunday at 1 PM, it will be a match up of two
    teams heading in opposite directions. The Vikings are on an upward swing winning 4 straight games, a streak
    that started with a win over the Lions in week 9, and has vaulted them back into playoff contention. Meanwhile,
    the Lions are on a downward spiral as they have lost 4 of 5 games including an embarrassing 27-7 loss on
    Thanksgiving. After the loss Steve Mariucci was relieved of his duties as head coach. Defensive coordinator and
    former head coach Dick Jauron is the interim coach for the Lions.

    Amidst the losing the have endured all season there seems to be some turmoil in the locker room. After
    Mariucci was fired, veteran cornerback Dre Bly called out quarterback Joey Harrington and blamed Harrington
    for Mariucci being fired. Bly has since apologized to his teammates for his comments.

    In his first head coaching move since taking over, Jauron has named Jeff Garcia the starting quarterback this
    Sunday against the Vikings. Garcia has played in 3 games this season, completing 63.4% of his passes for 561
    yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions for a 74.7 quarterback rating. In the 3 games Garcia has played in, he
    has started 2 of them leading the Lions to a 1-1 record. The loss was in an overtime game against the dominant
    division leading .

    Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice is 7-0 against the Lions in his career. While Tice tries to stay perfect
    against the Lions, Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson hopes to keep his record as the starting quarterback this
    season perfect as well. Johnson has been instrumental in the Vikings turnaround, as has the defense and special
    teams play. Since Johnson took over the Vikings have done all the little things right. The Vikings have won 11
    of the last 12 meetings against the Lions.

    A big key for the Lions if they want to defeat the Vikings will be the running game. It will be imperative for the
    Lions to get Kevin Jones or Shawn Bryson going, if they are unable it will be another atrocious game from their
    perspective. The running game would allow Garcia to do what he does best, run play action passes. This is no
    easy task as the Vikings run defense has been stout in their winning streak. In the previous meeting this season,
    a Vikings 27-14 win, the Lions were held to 58 yards rushing on 20 carries, and quarterback Joey Harrington
    was the Lions leading rusher. Another thing the Lions must do in order to win is hold onto the football and catch
    the football. In last week's pummeling at the hands of the Falcons, Lions wide receivers dropped numerous balls
    that should have been caught.

    The key for the will be to keep the good momentum rolling. They have to keep doing the little things right, win
    the time of possession battle, stop the run, and value the football. If the Vikings can win the time of possession
    battle and the turnover battle they should win. In the previous meeting between the two teams the time of
    possession was nearly dead even with the Lions holding a 30:21 second advantage to the Vikings 29:39.
    However, the Vikings won the turnover battle 3-1, and scored 14 points off of turnovers. Throughout their
    winning streak the Vikings have protected the football on offense, added aggressive tough defense, and
    tremendous special teams to beat teams. The defense has really stepped it up. If they can continue to stop the run
    and make teams one dimensional the turnovers should keep coming. Look for the Vikings to be aggressive on
    defense and bring tons of pressure early to Garcia. If they can jump out to an early lead, it's very possible the
    Lions crowd will turn on the home team as the fans are fed up with the poor performances year in and year out,
    thus taking away the Lions home-field advantage.

    Key Match Ups:

    Vikings DT Pat Williams vs. Lions C Dominic Raiola
    Vikings LB Sam Cowart vs. Lions RB Kevin Jones
    Lions DL James Hall vs. Vikings LT Bryant McKinnie
    Lions WR Scottie Vines vs. Vikings FS Darren Sharper

    Injury Report:

    Minnesota Vikings

    CB Fred Smoot (Collarbone) Out
    DT Kevin Williams (Knee) Out
    G Toniu Fonoti (Groin) Out
    DT Spencer Johnson (Knee) Probable

    Detroit Lions

    SS Terrance Holt (Elbow) Out
    LB Donte' Curry (Thigh) Questionable
    RB Paul Smith (Hamstring) Questionable
    QB Jeff Garcia (Leg) Probable
    RB Kevin Jones (Thigh) Probable

    Bold Prediction: Vikings 24 Lions 13

    The first place (8-3) will host the (2-9) this Sunday. Game time is 1:00 PM Eastern Time from Chicago’s
    Soldier Field.

    The Bears have not beaten the Packers since 1993, but they hope to change that on Sunday. Chicago has given
    up a league least 120 points, which is a paltry 10.9 point per game average. The Packers are tied with San
    Francisco for the worst record in the NFC.

    The Packers’ Brett Favre, a three time MVP, is weathering his first losing season in Green Bay. He is, however,
    21-5 lifetime against Chicago. He has also completed 63% of his passes, thrown for 6,136 yards, and tossed 51
    touchdowns to just 25 interceptions against the Bears. His only loss at Soldier Field, in December of 1993, was
    a career day for him when he threw for 402 yards.

    Chicago took a split with Green Bay last season. It was the first of 5 wins last year for head coach Lovie Smith.
    It snapped a 7 game losing streak against the Packers. This year, it looks like Green Bay will have to resign their
    reign as the champions of the NFC North. The Bears look to win their first division title since 2001. They lead
    second place Minnesota by two games.

    The Bears’ current 7 game winning streak is the longest for the franchise since 1986, the year after the legendary
    ’85 Bears won the championship. The 2005 Bears have quite the defense in their own right, last week they gave
    up a touchdown for the first time in 38 opponents’ possessions. Chicago will continue to ride their defense this
    week as they look to go for 8 in a row.
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    Re: Preview for Minn/Detroit & Bears/Pack

    Good read. Kevin Jones hasnt done anything for the lions this year, that really surpirzes me. The key is gettin pressure on Garcia and stoping the run, and the pieces will fall into place. Lets go Vikes!

    Theres NOTHING greater then a Florida Gator!
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    "I am not surprised"."-PurplePackerEater

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    Re: Preview for Minn/Detroit & Bears/Pack

    ha, jauron's first name was edited out. "slick willy jauron".

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    Re: Preview for Minn/Detroit & Bears/Pack

    "Vikings LB Sam Cowart vs. Lions RB Kevin Jones"
    I really don't think with the play we've seen from the LB's that the t deserve any "match-ups".  159

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