Week 17: The Call, Detroit at Vikings

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 28, 2013 - 9:23 PM
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After another late-season fade, Lions coach Jim Schwartz might find himself looking for work once the offseason arrives.

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One man’s prediction: For a game that has little meaning, this matchup features compelling story lines. This likely could be the final game for both coaches, Leslie Frazier and Detroit’s Jim Schwartz. And will be the final game played in the Metrodome. The Vikings season has been a major disappointment, but we predict they’ll end it on a positive note in the Dome’s swan song.

Fond farewell

The Vikings pined for a new home for years so they probably won’t be too sad to see the Metrodome demolished. But the old place provided a significant home-field advantage that will be hard to duplicate. The noise factor undeniably played a role in their success because opposing offenses had a difficult time operating in those conditions. The final game has nothing significant at stake, but the building shouldn’t lack emotion.

Last stand together

This game will mark the 97th time Jared Allen and Kevin Williams have started together on the defensive line since becoming teammates in 2008. It likely will be their last game together, too, at least in a Vikings uniform. Both of their contracts expire after the season, and both could move on. They became perennial Pro Bowl players and close friends over the years. No doubt they want to close this chapter of their careers on a high note.

RB shuffle

Adrian Peterson, the Vikings’ lone Pro Bowl pick, was declared out on Saturday because of groin and foot injuries. The Vikings already had ruled out Toby Gerhart because of a hamstring injury. That means Matt Asiata will get his second career start. Asiata filled in for Peterson and Gerhart against Philadelphia two weeks ago and rushed for 51 yards and three touchdowns in 30 carries.

MANO-A-MANO: A MATCHUP TO WATCH

Today: Vikings center John Sullivan vs. Lions DT Ndamukong Suh

About Sullivan

He has started 41 consecutive games at center. He hasn’t played as well as he did in 2012 when he received votes in All-Pro voting, but he remains the leader of that position group.

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Cleveland - LP: Z. McAllister 2
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Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson 6
NY Yankees - WP: S. Greene 3 FINAL
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Arizona - WP: W. Miley 2 FINAL
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Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson 2
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Houston - WP: J. Fields 3
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Colorado - LP: T. Matzek 3
Toronto - LP: D. Hutchison 3 FINAL
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Kansas City - LP: J. Shields 1
Washington - WP: R. Detwiler 5 FINAL
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pm
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pm
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

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