5 Key Matchups for Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings

1. WR Marvin Jones vs CB Xavier Rhodes

Jones is having a sensational season, he is on pace for over 1000 yards and 10 touchdowns. This will be his hardest test the remainder of the season. The good news for the Lions is that even if Rhodes can cover Jones, the Vikings defense will struggle covering Tate, Ebron, Golladay, Abdullah, and Redick.

2. DE Anthony Zettel vs LT Reilly Reiff

Zettel is the Lions best pass-rusher( it may be too soon for Freeney to suit up) on the Lions we need a big game from him, when he goes up against the Lions former starting left tackle and former first-round pick Riley Reiff.

3. QB Matthew Stafford vs Vikings DB

Stafford fell one yard shy of his fifth consecutive 300-yard game. Over the last four games Stafford has thrown for over a 1,100 yards with a 7-1 touchdown to interception ratio

The Vikings have a very good defensive line, as well as defensive backs. Xavier Rhodes is going to start as well as the elite safety Harrison Smith.

4.  Lions O-Line vs Vikings D-Line

Abdullah only averaged 2.2 yards per carry last game vs the Bears, the line has to open more holes for the run game in this one. Hopefully what the entire Lions offense of line starting their third game together they will be able to communicate better on blocks.

5. CB Darius Slay vs WR Adam Thielen

Slay has been shutting down the best receivers all year long, today with be no different.  Thielen has been a menace for defenses this year, although he was held to only 59 yards in the first game this year.

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