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NFL Week 9 FOX Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings Preview

By PFF Preview Team
Nov 1, 2018

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Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings – FOX, 1:00 PM

 

New city, no problem for Cousins’ deep passing

When given time, Kirk Cousins has had success throwing vertically. Through eight games, he’s racked up 542 yards from his 18 completions on throws of 20 plus yards.

The Slot Machine With Favorable Odds

Much has been made of Adam Thielen‘s start, and his ability to take advantage of mismatches in the slot has played a significant role. Thielen leads all wideouts in both receptions (47) and yards (515) from the slot.

Big game Hunter

Danielle Hunter is currently second in the league in sacks with eight, but his ability to apply pressure consistently hasn’t gone unnoticed. Hunter’s 35 total quarterback pressures are tied for fifth among all edge defenders.

Barr hopping

Anthony Barr ranks third at the position in quarterback pressures (13) and coverage snaps per reception allowed (22.7).

Johnson’s big play potential

Kerryon Johnson has recorded eight breakaway runs on 77 rushing attempts this season. He’ll look to add to his total on Sunday.

Stafford’s sideline success

Over the last two seasons, Matthew Stafford has excelled on throws aimed to within seven yards of the sideline.

Hand a dominant rookie

Da’Shawn Hand has got off to a remarkable start to his rookie season. He’ll be eyeing the Vikings’ underperforming offensive line.

Tabor’s coverage struggle

Teez Tabor has allowed a perfect passer rating on throws into his coverage, the worst mark among cornerbacks.

Key matchup

PFF Greenline has projections for the spread, moneyline and over/under of the Lions’ matchup with the Vikings. Get its picks here.

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