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    Vikings/Lions Series

    VIKINGS VS. LIONS SERIES STANDINGS – The Vikings hold a 56-29-2 (.651) series advantage, including a 30-12-1 (.709) record away, over the Lions. Minnesota has more wins vs. Detroit than any other NFL team. Mike Tice is 6-0 vs. Detroit and won his 1st career game vs. the Lions (10/13/02, at home).

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    Vikings Back In Their Element: Detroit At Home

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    (WCCO) Eden Prairie, Minn. The Vikings are back in their element: playing at the Metrodome against an opponent they actually match up with.

    The Detroit Lions have their usual assortment of mid-season issues.

    Detroit head coach Steve Mariucci brought in Jeff Garcia to become his starting quarterback, replacing Joey Harrington the last couple of weeks. But Garcia was beat up pretty bad by the Bears last Sunday.

    Most painful of all was the game-ending interception Garcia threw in overtime when Charles Tillman picked him clean.

    Garcia has been slow to recover this week so it's back to Harrington in Sunday's game against the Vikings. Harrington's become just another mediocre Lion quarterback in a long list of bad Detroit QBs. And that bodes well for the Vikings.

    Mike Tice is unbeaten against the Lions with a record of 6-0. And the Vikings have won 10 of 11 since 1999.

    In a season where the Vikings have lost face with scandal, games (five of seven) and now their starting quarterback, the feeling around the locker room is that all is not lost, especially with Detroit in on Sunday.

    "I did hear some buzz about that in the training room," Tice said. "I think the players are aware of the record against Detroit, so that helps."

    The Vikings are so used to beating the Lions Bryant McKinnie couldn't believe his team was actually a point-and-a-half underdog.

    "Since I've been here we haven't lost to them," McKinnie said. "It's a big shocker."

    The Vikings have pretty much owned the Lions over the years. In fact, they haven't lost to Detroit at home since 1997.

    Historically, they've beaten the "Motor City Kitties" more than any other team. Even Les Steckel's '84 squad that won just three games beat the Lions at home. And former Vikings Bob Lurtsema was part of the "Purple people eaters" that beat the Lions' 13 times in a row.

    "We made a living off them," Lurtsema said. "It's a funny thing. Look what happens when you know you can beat a club. You're so positive when you take the field there's just no way you're going to lose."

    Despite what's so far been a dismal season, this week the Vikings couldn't be more confident knowing history is on their side.

    "We have the confidence, knowing we can beat them," Vikings safety Darren Sharper said. "We have the history up here. We have played well against that team."

    Only two of this year's Vikings were on the roster the last time they lost to the Lions at home, back in 1997: Brad Johnson and Moe Williams.

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    Re: Vikings/Lions Series

    With those stats were golden. even with Johnson at the wheel.

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    "TheKnuck" wrote:
    With those stats were golden. even with Johnson at the wheel.
    Nothing is golden, but the boys are going into the game upbeat & with confidence! :grin:

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