The Minnesota Vikings were never expected to do as well as they did over the first five weeks of the season, especially with Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson suffering major injuries. Then they went 5-0 to start the year and were considered one of the NFL's best teams, until the ensuing four-game losing streak put them right back near the bottom.
A win in Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals didn't catapult them back to the top, but it ended their skid and was a good start going into an important NFC North game against the Detroit Lions. It's also the first of three featured Thanksgiving Day games. The game will be broadcast on CBS with kickoff set for 12:30 p.m. ET.
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The Lions are atop the NFC North with the same record as the Vikings, but they also beat the Vikings just a couple weeks ago. This will be their second meeting this season, and it's safe to say the Vikings will be hoping this one goes better for them. Detroit is riding a two-game winning streak, including the win over the Vikings.
Golden Tate caught 11 receptions for 79 yards, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime of a thrilling game. Matthew Stafford threw for a pair of touchdowns and the Lions put up 97 yards on the ground. Neither team was particularly great on offense, with the Vikings only managing 78 yards rushing while Sam Bradford completed 31 of 40 passes for 273 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.
The Vikings have struggled the most on the road this season, with a 2-3 record away from Minnesota. Detroit is 4-1 at home this season. The Lions are coming off a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, 26-19, and before that, they had a three-game winning streak and their current two-game winning streak split by a loss to the Houston Texans.
Bradford has somewhat regressed in recent weeks, but he's still played good, consistent football this season. He's completed 217 of 311 passes (69.8 percent) for 2,191 yards with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. He's been sacked 26 times this season. The running backs, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata, are both under 300 yards. Asiata has fared better with a 3.1 yards-per-carry average with four touchdowns.
Those are pretty mediocre numbers. The Vikings have rushed for just 700 yards as a team through 11 weeks of the season, while on defense they have allowed opponents to rush for 1,008 yards. The Lions are also struggling in that vein, with 795 rushing yards this season against 1,046 yards that were allowed by the Lions defense.
Below is all you need to watch Thursday's game.
How to Watch Vikings vs. Lions on Thursday
Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson