Following a disappointing performance on all phases against the Eagles, the Minnesota Vikings hope to bounce back against the division rival Lions. However, with the Lions’ impressive shows against both the Eagles and Washington, the Vikings’ struggles will continue.
In Philadelphia, Jalen Hurts was able to absolutely cook against a Minnesota defense that looked bland and confused. Week 3 comes with additional difficulties as well, with safety Harrison Smith out with a concussion. On the opposite side of the ball, Kirk Cousins and the offense were also atrocious, tallying many three and outs and turnovers. While the offense will likely bounce back with incredibly talented players like Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook, the defense has shown flashes of last year’s misery.
Having scored 71 points through two games, the Lions offense is on fire and looks to take advantage of this Vikings defense. Amon-Ra St. Brown has only improved on his play from last year, and even with guard Jonah Jackson out, the Lions offensive line is among the best in the league. The defense has been inconsistent and will have trouble locking down the Vikings wide receivers, but a shootout is a challenge that the Lions have accepted.
While both young coaches are hoping to build something special this year, this battle will be a test for both sides. The dominance of the Lions in week 2, while the Vikings failed on almost all levels, gives Detroit far more momentum heading to Minnesota. They will make a statement in a high scoring affair, defeating the Vikings 40-33.