The Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions are two teams that play football as members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC). The Lions have lost key defenders in recent years and their Won-Loss record reflects those losses. This squad currently has lost five of six games played, its lone win coming just last weekend.
While the Lions reside in the basement of the North Division, the upstart Minnesota Vikings, led by second year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and superstar running back Adrian Peterson have surprised the football world by winning three of the five games this squad has played. It has a Won-Loss record of 3-2 and is in in second place, trailing only the undefeated Green Bay Packers.
The Vikings are clearly a team that is getting better. This squad has eleven games remaining on its regular season schedule and can still dream of playing in the postseason. Obviously, it will have to win more then it loses as the season progresses, but it has the tools to do so.
This weekend’s home team, the Detroit Lions, has many skilled players, especially on offense. Calvin Johnson “Megatron,” the NFL’s premier wide receiver, makes incredible catches for the Lions. That said, the team’s offense doesn’t always produce. And its defense has been mostly porous through the squad’s first six games, a primary reason for Detroit’s mediocre Won-Loss record of 1-5.
But, the Lions got into the win column last week for the first time this season while the Vikings suffered their second loss of the year. In the National Football League those recent results constitute a trend. Put another way, as this Sunday approaches, the Lions are “trending upward” while the visiting Vikings are “trending downward.”
That certainly doesn’t mean that the 1-5 Lions will emerge victorious this weekend. And it also doesn’t mean that the team from Minnesota will lose. What it does mean is that this match-up is as close to a toss-up as any NFL game ever is, a contest in which the outcome is definitely difficult to predict.
There is, of course, one thing that can be predicted. It is that the players on both squads will perform to the best of their abilities. In the National Football League where job security belongs only to star players, performance in every game is not just something that players hope for, it is a necessity.
Productive players get on the field while marginal players sit on the bench and worry about job security. That is a fact of life in the NFL. But it can’t foretell which team will prevail.
Solid play at the quarterback position, turnovers and penalties are the factors that turn one team into a winner and the other into a disappointed loser.
The Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions are evenly matched despite the difference in their Won-Loss records. Each team is desperate for a win and a chance to move up in the division in which they play.
For those reasons, Sunday’s contest figures to go “down to the wire.”
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