Watch Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings Live Online Streaming [9/20/2015]
On September 20th, 2015 the Minnesota Vikings will host the Detroit Lions at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN for the 108th match-up between these two rivals of the NFC North. The Vikings have gotten the better of their division rival over the years, posting a 69-36-2 record, but this has been mainly because of some very poor outings by Detroit, including an 0-16 season in 2008. The Vikings won 18 games against the Lions between 2000-2010, losing only two games in that 10-year time span. However, the tides have begun to turn in this decade with Detroit winning 6 of the past 10 games and sweeping this opponent in the 2011 and 2014 seasons. What does this mean for the week 2 Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings game? With the Vikings getting swept last year, are they now on a downward trend?
Both teams hired new head coaches to lead their teams last year. Mike Zimmer was tapped to lead Minnesota while Jim Caldwell took over as Detroit's new head coach. Caldwell kept the team about the same as his predecessor while Zimmer did a complete overhaul. Zimmer fielded a rookie quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, played without perennial star Adrian Peterson, altered the scheme on both sides of the ball, and jettisoned play makers such as Jared Allen. The Lions, on the other hand, made it to the playoffs in 2014 led by franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford and an excellent supporting cast of Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. The Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings games always had fierce battles in the trenches and Detroit has won in the past few years due mainly to superstar defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. In the week 2 match-up with these two teams, Suh will no longer be a problem for the Vikings as he was lost to Miami during free agency. This is undoubtedly going to hurt the Lions on their defensive front while giving Minnesota somewhat of an advantage simply because they no longer have to face Suh.
The Vikings seem to be on the up-rise while a case could be made that the Lions are trending downward from a peak. In the week 2 match-up with these two teams, Detroit will be without their superstar Suh while Minnesota will have their superstar running back once again. Adrian Peterson missed all of the 2014 season due to issues off of the field so the Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings games last year heavily favored the former. This year, in 2015, the opposite could be said. In week 2, we will see if the absence of Suh and the return of Peterson shifts the balance of power between these two teams once again. Minnesota's addition of wide receiver Mike Wallace could also give the team the edge. The Lions will still be formidable opponents, to be sure, with Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, and Matthew Stafford leading the charge. But we should expect to see a much-improved team in the Vikings with Teddy Bridgewater having another year under his belt, the team as a whole meshing better under Zimmer's schemes, and the return of Adrian Peterson. There is all indication that this week 2 game is going to be a barometer for each teams' future success for the year.