Week 16: 5 Key Matchups for the Detroit Lions vs the Minnesota Vikings

1. RT Rick Wagner vs DE Danielle Hunter

The last time these two met, Hunter embarrassed Wagner with a 3 and 1/2 sack game. Wagner is not only coming off of injury, but he also didn’t play last week. Meanwhile, the Vikings had another productive game in the sack department last week. All signs point to Hunter having another big game.

2. WR Kenny Golladay vs CB Xavier Rhodes

Golladay took a big step up last week versus Buffalo in the first half and then he disappeared in the second. Golladay will face another tough challenge in Rhodes. Rhodes normally follows the team’s best receiver and since the Lions only have one real receiver, it’s going to be Golladay. I don’t know about you, but I know I’m looking forward to this matchup to see what the sophomore receiver has.

3. LB Jarrad Davis vs RB Dalvin Cook

Davis had highs and lows last week. This week, he needs to eliminate some of the mistakes — especially the mental ones if he plans to keep Cook in check.

Cook went off last week against the Dolphins for 136-yards on 19 carries and added two touchdowns.

4. CB Nevin Lawson vs WR WR Adam Thielen

The last time these two met, Lawson won the battle and held Thielen to two catches for 5-yards and a TD. Slay will likely follow Diggs. Lawson was up to the task earlier in the season. Hopefully, he is today as well.

5. DT Damon Harrison vs C Pat Elfein

For as good of a year Harrison is having, Elfein won this battle in week 9 when these two faced off. For example, when Minnesota was on the goal line and ran a play up the middle straight at Harrison for a touchdown. Elfein pushed him two yards into the end zone.

This could be a game where Harrison tries to get his revenge, or maybe Elfein comes out on top once again. Important to note, Harrison has missed time this week in practice with an injury but is slated to play.

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