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and Lions divisional rivalry that has spanned 57 seasons Linval Joseph Jersey , Detroit has started to claw back in recent years. The Lions have actually had a winning record in the rivalry over the past five years. They’re 5-3 against Mike Zimmer; they’re the only NFC North team that can boast a winning record over the Vikings Head Coach.Let’s take our weekly look at some of the history between the Vikings and their upcoming opponents. As always, all of the numbers used in this post come from the good folks at Pro Football Reference.Total regular season games between the Lions and the Vikings: 113All-time record: Vikings, 72-39-2Total Vikings points scored, head-to-head: 2432 (21.5 points/game)Total Lions points scored, head-to-head: 2099 (18.6 points/game)Longest Vikings winning streak vs Lions: 13 (6 October 1968 - 22 September 1974)Longest Lions winning streak vs Vikings: 5 (19 November 1961 - 27 October 1963, first five games between these two teams)Most recent Vikings home win in series: 20 September 2015 (final score 26-16)Most recent Lions road win in series: 1 October 2017 (final score 14-7)Biggest Vikings home win in series: 34 points, 9 November 1980 (final score 34-0)Biggest Lions road win in series: 27 points, 19 November 1961 (final score 37-10 Authentic Laquon Treadwell Jersey , first game between the two teams)Current streak: Vikings, 1 winThe Lions are actually undefeated at U.S. Bank Stadium, winning both of their games there so far. After winning in 2016 thanks to an overtime touchdown from the recently departed Golden Tate, they came back last year and won a 14-7 battle that seemingly put the Vikings’ season on the brink after just four games. Dalvin Cook tore his ACL in that game, the Vikings dropped to 2-2, and seemed to be going nowhere with Case Keenum at quarterback. Of course, the Vikings lost just one other time the rest of the regular season.Fortunately, the Vikings were able to exact revenge at Ford Field last Thanksgiving. They jumped out to a 20-3 lead in the second quarter and held on down the stretch to win by a score of 30-23. Keenum had 282 yards and three total touchdowns while Latavius Murray had 84 yards and a score on the ground. Danielle Hunter recovered a fumble and Xavier Rhodes had the game-clinching interception on fourth down late in the game.That’s a quick look back at the history between the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings. Hopefully the purple can get their first home win against the Lions in three seasons this weekend at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Saints will be in Minnesota to face the Vikings on Sunday night and that means we’ll be hearing about the Minneapolis Miracle this week.That was the final play of the divisional playoff game between the two teams last year Youth Andrew Sendejo Jersey , of course, and it saw Saints safety Marcus Williams whiff on an attempt to tackle Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs after Diggs caught a pass from Case Keenum. Diggs would then sprint for a game-winning touchdown.While that game is still fresh in minds, Saints head coach Sean Payton dismissed the notion of a “revenge factor” motivating his team as they head back to U.S. Bank Stadium.“It wasn’t like there was bad blood when the game was over or anything like that,” Payton said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “Two teams fought hard and made a play at the end that ended up costing us the game, but there were a lot of things that cost us the game, and so I think the focus will be on this year’s Vikings and this year’s Saints team rather than the fact that we just finished playing them last year.”Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was asked if he thought the Saints would be coming to town with a chip on their shoulder because of the way the last game ended. He said yes to the chip, but didn’t sound convinced Diggs’ touchdown would be the cause of it.“The Saints will come in with a chip on their shoulder because that鈥檚 who they are ,” Zimmer said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “They’re very aggressive on defense. They’re aggressive offensively. They got a good football team, so you know, I don’t know. That was a long time ago.”While the past makes for good talking points before the game, the present and future offer compelling reasons for both teams to bring their best this Sunday night. Both teams are in first place in their respective divisions and would like to do anything possible to ensure that a potential third round takes place on their home field.
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