Vikings' Riley Reiff ready for return to Detroit

Annette Crawford
November 21, 2017

"Detroit is a big game, so it's going to be more of a mental game than anything", Griffen said. The Lions held the Vikings scoreless in the second half, taking advantage of three lost fumbles by Minnesota.

Last Thanksgiving, the Lions and Vikings also met, and Detroits 16-13 victory improved the Lions to 7-4 and gave them the NFC North lead by one game over the Vikings.

Pressure such as that on the quarterback last season was the primary reason why the Vikings collapsed following a 5-0 start. The Lions have turned the ball over two more times than the Vikings, though, so Minnesota will have, albeit probably limited, chances to get the ball. In both instances, there was an emotional, as well as physical obstacle to overcome.

It's the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States of America on Thursday, and that means the National Football League three-game slate kicks off at lunchtime from Detroit, which has hosted the Turkey Day opener nearly every year since 1935.

He has six carries for 12 yards this season, including a 1-yard touchdown run. But the Lions followed that win up with three straight losses to the Panthers, Saints and Steelers (three teams with winning records) and then three straight wins over the Packers, Browns and Bears (three teams that struggling to stay afloat, or just really struggling). Minnesota is the second hottest team in the NFC with as winners of six straight games. The Vikings are hoping to keep things rolling with Case Keenum at quarterback and essentially lock of the NFC North with a win.

"We're winning games right now, so I'm ready to play", he said. After a 50-yard scamper and another four-yard run by Jordan Howard, Mitchell Trubisky threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Adam Shaheen. However, the Lions have found recent success.

But after beating Leslie Frazier's teams in four of seven meetings, the Lions have taken five of seven against Zimmer's teams, including the past three games. They also have become the sixth-ranked passing team behind Stafford, amassing 257.6 passing yards per game (Stafford is the sixth-ranked passer in the league with 276 yards per game and he is third in touchdown passes with 19). It was the first time all season they scored on their first drive. "I think that means you're a pretty good team, if they put you in a Thanksgiving game". Minnesota's defense got their hands on several Matthew Stafford passes, but failed to bring any in. This game is another example of that - as they are the underdog, but our pick to win the game. Griffen said he isn't back to 100 percent, but he's not bothered by the quick turnaround for the Thanksgiving kickoff at 11:30 a.m. CST.

And that is the plan-beat the Lions on Turkey Day. The Lions' three-game winning streak includes victories over the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers, the winless Cleveland Browns and the last-place Chicago Bears.

"When you're 8-2, it changes the whole vibe of the locker room". "Everybody's spirits are up, you're ready to play another game, even if it's a short week or not". "We're anxious about how we play and that's what our goal is to get focused in on our preparation and get ready to get a tough, hard-fought game".

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