January 18, 2022

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Vikings at Lions Early Look

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Vikings at Lions Early Look

Head Coach: Dan Campbell, 1st season with Lions (0-10-1 in regular season)

Jared Goff has completed 241 of 358 passes for 2,280 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. His passer rating of 87.0 ranks 24th, and he’s tied for 30th in the NFL with an average of 6.4 yards per completion.

Tight end T.J. Hockenson leads Detroit with 57 catches, 534 yards and three scores through the air.

D’Andre Swift has added 56 catches for 429 yards and two scores, in addition to leading the Lions with 555 rushing yards and four scores on 140 carries.

Former Packer Jamaal Williams has 388 yards and two touchdowns on 93 carries.

Detroit has scored 19 touchdowns (nine rushing, 10 receiving) and allowed 31 (11 rushing, 18 receiving, 2 returns).

The Lions have recorded 16 sacks, including 4.0 by Charles Harris, and allowed 27.

Amani Oruwariye has recorded five of Detroit’s eight interceptions this season.

Kalif Raymond ranks third in the NFL among qualifiers with an average of 12.3 yards per punt return.

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman is brothers with Lions Special Assistant to Chairman and President & CEO Chris Spielman. The Spielman brothers spent the 1988 training camp as Lions linebackers. While Chris went on to play with Detroit, Rick got his start as a college scout for the Lions from 1990-96.

Detroit TE Shane Zylstra spent the 2021 training camp with the Vikings.

Lions Senior Defensive Assistant Dom Capers served in the same role with Minnesota in 2020.

Lions offensive line coach Hank Fraley was the assistant offensive line coach for the Vikings from 2014-16.

Lions TE Shane Zylstra is from Spicer, Minnesota.

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins played high school football in Holland, Michigan.

Minnesota WR K.J. Osborn (Ypsilanti), WR Triston Jackson (West Bloomfield), DE Kenny Willekes (Rockford) and TE Tyler Conklin (Chesterfield) are from Michigan. Conklin attended Central Michigan.

Lions Head Coach Dan Campbell and Lions Defensive Coordinator Aaron Glenn played for the Cowboys while Mike Zimmer was the defensive coordinator. Lions Offensive Coordinator Anthony Lynn also coached in Dallas with Zimmer.

Lions quarterbacks coach Mark Brunell and Vikings wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell were teammates in Jacksonville from 1996-2001.

Vikings CB Bashaud Breeland and Lions WR Geronimo Allison in Green Bay during the 2017 season

Vikings LB Ryan Connelly and Lions C Evan Brown with the Giants in 2019

Minnesota DT Sheldon Richardson and Brown with the Browns in 2020

Breeland and Lions P Jack Fox in Kansas City in 2019

Richardson, Vikings G Dakota Dozier and Lions WR Kalif Raymond with the Jets in 2017 before Raymond went to the Giants and became teammates with Vikings DT Dalvin Tomlinson

Vikings CB Tye Smith and Raymond at Tennessee from 2018-20. Minnesota K Greg Joseph overlapped with Smith and Raymond in Tennessee in 2019.

Breeland and Detroit RB Jamaal Williams with the Packers in 2018

Minnesota CB Parry Nickerson and Williams with the Packers in 2020

Vikings CB Patrick Peterson with Lions DL Michael Brockers at LSU in 2010

Minnesota WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette with Detroit TE T.J. Hockenson at Iowa from 2017-19

Vikings LB Troy Dye with Lions T Penei Sewell at Oregon from 2018-19


Kirk Cousins: 8 games (1 with Washington, 7 with Minnesota), 7-1 as a starter and 7-0 with Minnesota; 183-of-247 passing, 74.1 completion percentage, 2,198 passing yards, 17 TDs, 2 INT, 120.5 passer rating

Dalvin Cook: 6 games; 104 rushes for 638 yards and 6 TDs; 13 receptions for 129 yards

Alexander Mattison: 5 games; 79 rushes for 341 yards and 1 TD; 12 receptions for 108 yards and 2 TDs

Adam Thielen: 14 games; 44 receptions for 561 yards and 2 TDs

Eric Kendricks: 10 games; 65 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 2 INT

Harrison Smith: 19 games; 125 tackles, 1.0 sack, 3 INT, 1 FR, 1 FF, 10 passes defended

(tackles are league stats)


Cousins: 24-of-34 passing for 338 yards and 4 TDs (passer rating of 141.5) at Detroit on Oct. 20, 2019

Mattison: career-high 113 yards on 25 rushes and 7 catches for 40 yards and a TD in Minnesota on Oct. 10, 2021

Justin Jefferson: 124 yards on 7 catches (17.7 per reception) in Minnesota on Oct. 10, 2021

Kendricks: 6 tackles, 3 TFL, 2.0 sacks at Detroit on Oct. 25, 2015

Smith: 9 tackles, 1 INT at Detroit on Jan. 3, 2021


1. The Vikings have a 78-39-2 record against the Lions, a series that began in Minnesota’s inaugural 1961 season.

2. Minnesota set a franchise record with 10 sacks in one game on Nov. 4, 2018.

3. WR Cris Carter recorded his 1,000th career reception against Detroit on Nov. 30, 2000, becoming the second player in NFL history with that many catches on a 4-yard pass by Daunte Culpepper.

Longest Vikings winning streak in series: 13 games (Oct. 6, 1968 — Sept. 22, 1974)

Longest Vikings losing streak in series: Five games (Nov. 19, 1961 — Oct. 27, 1963)