Can Vikings get past Detroit?

The Vikings, atop the NFC North at 8-2, return to Ford Field on Thanksgiving with a chance to grab a stranglehold on the division against the Lions (6-4). Minnesota is losers of three straight to Detroit, including last year's two last-minute collapses. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has his left tackle, Taylor Decker, back in the fold after he missed the first half of the season recovering from shoulder surgery. And the Lions defense is as lethal as any, scoring five defensive touchdowns that ties the Jaguars for most in the NFL.

By ANDREW KRAMMER and RAHUL MUKHERJEE • Star Tribune

Can Vikings get past Detroit?

The Vikings, atop the NFC North at 8-2, return to Ford Field on Thanksgiving with a chance to grab a stranglehold on the division against the Lions (6-4). Minnesota is losers of three straight to Detroit, including last year's two last-minute collapses. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has his left tackle, Taylor Decker, back in the fold after he missed the first half of the season recovering from shoulder surgery. And the Lions defense is as lethal as any, scoring five defensive touchdowns that ties the Jaguars for most in the NFL.

By ANDREW KRAMMER and RAHUL MUKHERJEE • Star Tribune

Minnesota Vikings

Vikings Key Matchup:

Offense

Defense

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