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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 9/8/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




MINNESOTA (10 - 7) at DETROIT (4 - 12)
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Week 1 Sunday, 9/8/2013 1:00 PM
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games10-7+59-77-1022.912.7335.8(5.5)1.521.910.6348.6(5.4)1.3
Road Games3-6-1.53-63-619.912.0318.9(5.3)1.723.013.6337.9(5.2)1.0
Last 3 Games2-1+2.82-11-223.312.0371.0(5.7)1.321.310.0306.0(5.4)1.0
Dome Games9-2+7.88-25-626.014.3337.7(5.7)
Division Games4-3+24-32-520.911.4323.3(5.4)1.322.911.1372.7(5.6)1.3
MINNESOTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)22.912.719.028:3830-164(5.4)18-3060.6%171(5.7)61-336(5.5)(14.7)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.711.419.630:0027-117(4.4)21-3560.0%229(6.5)62-345(5.6)(15.2)
Offense Road Games19.912.018.327:5629-163(5.7)19-3258.2%156(4.9)60-319(5.3)(16)
Defense (All Games)21.910.621.531:3927-104(3.9)24-3864.2%245(6.4)65-349(5.4)(15.9)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.311.419.931:4527-117(4.3)21-3560.8%232(6.7)62-349(5.6)(15)
Defense Road Games23.013.621.432:0430-109(3.7)23-3566.5%229(6.5)65-338(5.2)(14.7)
MINNESOTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.10.61.7213-537.8%1-045.6%3-65(24)19-2(8.8)6-53
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-640.2%1-157.1%2-48(23.5)3-21(8)7-56
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.61.5 13-537.4%1-048.4%3-60(22.4)22-2(9.2)6-55
Stats Against (Road Games) 14-638.8%1-166.7%2-35(19.5)2-15(6.7)6-54

DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-12-12.35-1011-523.210.4408.7(5.8)2.127.313.4341.2(5.7)1.1
Home Games2-6-6.42-55-324.212.5421.5(5.9)
Last 3 Games0-3-4.21-22-117.37.7387.0(5.5)3.731.720.7309.7(5.5)0.3
Dome Games2-8-10.12-77-322.811.0405.2(5.8)2.428.915.3345.3(5.7)0.8
Division Games0-6-7.12-42-418.07.2354.0(5.4)2.824.012.2319.5(5.4)0.3
DETROIT - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)23.210.423.932:0524-101(4.1)28-4660.1%308(6.7)71-409(5.8)(17.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.2211.119.830:1827-118(4.3)21-3560.2%226(6.5)62-344(5.5)(15.7)
Offense Home Games24.212.523.932:0522-91(4.1)29-4959.2%331(6.7)71-421(5.9)(17.4)
Defense (All Games)27.313.419.129:2926-118(4.5)22-3463.6%223(6.6)60-341(5.7)(12.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.611.419.430:2027-121(4.4)21-3461.1%218(6.5)61-339(5.5)(15)
Defense Home Games27.114.919.129:3026-118(4.6)22-3562.2%239(6.9)60-357(5.9)(13.2)
DETROIT - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.61.6213-538.0%1-044.8%3-62(24.1)20-2(9)6-53
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-536.5%0-083.3%3-76(22.9)2-20(9.6)6-49
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.61.5 13-537.1%1-048.9%3-64(23.1)21-2(9.2)6-52
Stats Against (Home Games) 13-435.3%1-080.0%3-66(22.9)2-18(10.2)5-50
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 20.8,  DETROIT 21.1
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013@ DETROIT            
9/15/2013@ CHICAGO            

DETROIT - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/15/2013@ ARIZONA            
9/22/2013@ WASHINGTON            
10/6/2013@ GREEN BAY            
MINNESOTA: The Vikings have adopted more of a versatile running scheme, mixing in a lot of man blocking with their usual zone stuff. Obviously, Adrian Peterson is the centerpiece of this offense, and after bringing him along somewhat slowly early last season, he'll be all-systems-go as a three-down workhorse this year. Toby Gerhart will occasionally spell him and would take a full workload if Peterson were to get hurt again. This is a West Coast passing game that has Christian Ponder moving around a lot. In the past, their favorite play had been to roll Ponder out with Percy Harvin for some long hand-offs. They'd like rookie Cordarrelle Patterson to take that role of the departed Harvin. TE Kyle Rudolph will also inherit those looks, and they'll involve Peterson in the screen game frequently. Greg Jennings will move around a lot and should be their leading receiver. Jerome Simpson is a pure deep threat, while third receiver Jarius Wright will line up inside and out, but is better working downfield. Not surprisingly, the Vikings continued to ride Peterson in the red zone (59 carries inside 20-yd line last season), and they'll do the same this year. When they throw, it's usually off play-action with Rudolph. The strength of this defense comes up front with 4-time All-Pro DE Jared Allen (117 career sacks) and 5-time All-Pro DT Kevin Williams (56.5 career sacks), plus first-round pick DT Sharrif Floyd and new DE Lawrence Jackson. The Vikings still have star SLB Chad Greenway (148 tackles, T-2nd in NFL) all over the field, but despite the defense's utter lack of playmakers, it added no significant free agents in the back seven. The subpar pass defense (244 YPG, 24th in NFL) got even weaker when it allowed top CB Antoine Winfield to sign elsewhere. CB Chris Cook and rookie CB Xavier Rhodes are a shaky starting duo.
DETROIT: The running game figures to be an afterthought again for the NFL's most pass-happy team. Reggie Bush is the new No. 1 back, but he was brought in more for his receiving skills and ability in space. His carries will come working off the passing game and likely be a lot of delays and draws, and often out of the shotgun. Mikel Leshoure, a tentative plodder who was a disaster last season, will hopefully perform better in his second season back from a torn Achilles. Joique Bell has a chance to push Leshoure for playing time, but his strength is more in the passing game, making him the likely odd man out. Expect a lot more of Matthew Stafford sitting back in shotgun with three and four receivers. Calvin Johnson is obviously the focal point, often working up the seam and breaking off when safeties sit deep. With no reliable No. 2 receiver, Brandon Pettigrew is Stafford's second option, working the middle of the field while Nate Burleson acts as a third receiver. Bush will have a big role in the screen game and figures to flex out to the slot at times. Ryan Broyles remains a question mark coming off a torn ACL, and Mike Thomas must prove he can make plays downfield. Leshoure figures to take the reps when they get down near the goal line, though Stafford runs the occasional sneak. The Lions took a gamble on fifth overall pick DE Ezekiel Ansah and added newcomer DL Jason Jones from Seattle to bolster a weak pass rush (34 sacks, T-20th in NFL). Former Texans SS Glover Quin adds toughness to the secondary that is still searching for a serviceable No. 2 corner behind top CB Chris Houston. They did little else to improve their sagging defense that allowed 24+ points in each of their final eight games and had multiple takeaways just five times in 2012. Detroit has the 2nd-hardest NFL schedule in 2013.
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*Vikings-Lions Preview* =======================


Adrian Peterson busted through defenses on his way to one of the best seasons in NFL history for a running back while guiding the Minnesota Vikings to a surprising playoff appearance in 2012.

Calvin Johnson's record-setting performance didn't have the same effect on the Detroit Lions, who finished below .500 for the 11th time in 12 years.

Their teams will look for each superstar to take some pressure off their much-maligned quarterbacks as Minnesota visits Detroit in Sunday's season opener.

Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards - nine shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season record - as Minnesota won its last four games to finish 10-6. His only 100-yard performance through the first six was a 102-yard effort in a 20-13 win at Detroit on Sept. 30, and he ran for 171 and a touchdown against the Lions in a 34-24 victory Nov. 11.

Johnson caught 12 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown in the last meeting, then broke Jerry Rice's single-season record by finishing with 1,964 yards on a career-best 122 receptions.

That defeat, though, began an eight-game losing streak to end a 4-12 season for Johnson and the Lions. While Peterson had the most team success last season, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier believes they are two of the most dynamic players in the NFL.

"He's one of those guys, much like with Adrian, you have to have a plan for Calvin Johnson," Frazier. "Even though you may know he's going to get the football, you can't always stop what he does.

"They're two great players, and they make it hard for any defense."

Peterson rushed for 99 yards in a 24-10 wild-card loss to Green Bay, but the story was a contusion to Christian Ponder's throwing arm that kept him from playing in that contest.

It marked another disappointment in an already lackluster career for Ponder, who has only two 300-yard games and has completed just 59.3 percent of his passes in 26 starts.

Minnesota brought in plenty of receiving help, signing Greg Jennings from the Packers and drafting Cordarrelle Patterson in the first round to help make up for the loss of Percy Harvin, who was traded to Seattle.

"I'm just fully confident in what I'm doing," Ponder said. "With the pieces that we brought in around me this year, it's going to make my job easier. ... I just expect to be overall a better quarterback."

Not to mention he still has Peterson behind him as the Vikings center the majority of their offense around their star back. Minnesota matched a franchise record with 2,634 rushing yards last season, while Ponder finished 21st in the league in pass attempts.

"We were vanilla in some respects. But the way we're set up, we're not going to be very exotic in the passing game," Frazier said. "We put a heavy emphasis on what we do in the run game."

That's not the case in Detroit, especially with a weapon like Johnson. However, a disappointing season has led to questions about quarterback Matthew Stafford after dipping from 10-6 and a playoff appearance in 2011.

Stafford threw for 4,967 yards and 20 touchdowns, less than half of his career-best 41 two years ago. He's just 1-22 against teams that end the season .500 or better.

"This is a team sport, but at the same time, in this league especially, if your quarterback plays well, you've got a chance to win the game. I'm no stranger to that," said Stafford, who in July received a $53 million, three-year extension through 2017.

"I've been through a 10-6 season, been through a 4-12 season. I'm determined to be on the winning end of it."

Detroit signed Reggie Bush to add some stability to a running game that finished 23rd in the NFL with 100.8 yards per game. The offense as a whole ranked third, averaging 408.8 yards.

Bush also is expected to be a target for Stafford out of the backfield, but he's certainly aware that Johnson will be the main focus of the offense.

"I didn't understand what a freak of nature he is until I got here and saw some of the stuff that he does," Bush said. "That's why they call him Megatron. It's going to be fun to play with him this year. For a running back like me, it's a dream come true. I love having a guy like that on the outside. I definitely feel like we're going to complement each other."

Peterson has averaged 105.9 yards rushing and scored nine TDs in 11 games against the Lions, with Minnesota winning eight.

Detroit might have an easier time putting pressure on Ponder and slowing Peterson if defensive end Ziggy Ansah can play. The No. 5 overall pick in the draft suffered a concussion in practice late in the preseason, but he practiced Friday and is probable.

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