Despite the crushing manner in which the Lions lost in Week 1, they actually came much closer to a win than the Vikings on Monday night.
Minnesota lost 20-3 in San Francisco, and high-priced defensive end Everson Griffen vowed to do better Sunday when the Lions visit TCF Bank Stadium.
"We're going to beat Detroit," he said, via ESPN.com. "I'm very angry right now, as you can see, because we prepared way too hard (to lose on Monday). But we're going to go out there and get 'em."
After a 33-28 loss in San Diego in which the Lions led 21-3 in the second quarter, they hope to avoid an 0-2 start, too. Lions receiver Golden Tate said after Sunday's game that he wanted the team to come out "angry" and with a "fire" in Week 2. The Lions swept the Vikings last year.
Like the Lions, who have followed coach Jim Caldwell's diplomatic approach this week, the Vikings are following coach Mike Zimmer's lead.
"I don't even know who is out there today," Zimmer said Wednesday when asked of his halftime message, according to ESPN. "I don't even know who this team is. I've never seen this side of us before, never."
Griffen said something similar Wednesday, via the Star Tribune.
"I don't know what that showing was," he said. "We got Detroit coming up this week Sunday. That's our focus now. San Fran, it was a blow to us. … They're more of a team than we were."
Zimmer also told reporters Sunday, "Maybe we're just not ready for prime time yet."
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater agreed with him.
"We didn't execute well," Bridgewater said in a teleconference Wednesday. "It was totally uncharacteristic of us out there Monday night. That's not the team that we've been seeing throughout training camp and throughout the preseason. It was an eye-opener for us, it woke us up and we know now that it's time to go."
Lions running back Joique Bell saw Griffen's prediction, tweeting a photo of an ESPN mobile update and saying he's charged up — a reference to a Drake song earlier this summer during his feud with fellow rapper Meek Mill.