Lions vs. Vikings: Impeding Peterson will level field

The Detroit News

The Detroit News breaks down Sunday's Vikings-Lions game at Ford Field (1 p.m., FOX/97.1).

Vikings to watch

Adrian Peterson, RB:  He’s back with a vengeance. Peterson had 134 yards and 29 carries, both season highs, last month at home against Lions. He is averaging 86.4 yards, fourth in NFL.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB: In his second season, he is still a work in progress. The Vikings passing attack ranks last in the NFL. Against the Lions in Week 2, however, Bridgewater completed 14 of a season-low 18 attempts, threw for a TD, ran for another and had second-highest career rating.

Stefon Diggs, WR: Want a fantasy sleeper? The fifth-round pick from Maryland has 13 receptions and 216 yards receiving the last two games.


Fantasy numbers: Matthew Stafford, coming off eighth game with four-plus TDs, might have his groove back after getting benched. He has 16 TDs, five INTs and is averaging 257 yards in 11 starts against the Vikings. The one-dimensional Lions need Stafford to throw a lot..

The old Calvin: Lions WR Calvin Johnson had 166 yards receiving, doubling his previous season high, and has an NFL-record 87.1-yard average among players with at least 100 games.

The old Tulloch: Lions LB Stephen Tulloch  made team-high 13 tackles last week, nearly 11 months after tearing left ACL celebrating on field.

Top defense: Mike Zimmer  was considered one of the top defensive coordinators before becoming the Vikings coach. He loves to blitz.

Opposites: The Vikings have one of the league’s best rushing attacks, ranking sixth; the Lions have by far the league’s worst. The Lions have the fifth-ranked passing attack. The Vikings defense ranks 13th, while the struggling Lions rank 27th.

Facts and figures

*The Vikings have dominated this series, winning 24 of 32 since 2000.

*Vikings second-year coach Mike Zimmer  is 0-3 on road against the NFC North.

*Vikings S Harrison Smith is the only NFL player since 2012 with at least 11 INTs and four sacks.

*Lions WR Lance Moore has 11 receptions, 161 yards receiving and two TDs in two games.

*Theo Riddick has 33 receptions, most by Lions running back through six games since James Jones had 34 in 1984.

Running back Adrian Peterson had 134 yards on 29 carries in the Vikings' 26-16 win over the Lions in Week 2.