With a healthier offensive line and the RB combination of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, the running game has been setting the stage for Drew Brees and the passing game. He leads a team huddle before every Wednesday practice to set the tone for the week and was publicly furious after a 38-30 loss to Minnesota on Sunday; he felt the Redskins had a couple of bad practices late last week.
They have lost three straight, including a 14-7 setback at U. The last fumble, by Adam Thielen with left, clinched the 14-7 victory. The defense needs to establish its second-ranked run defense (77.7) and go after Matthew Stafford, whom they sacked six times in the first meeting.In his past five games at home, he has 497 scrimmage yards (99.4 per game) and five rushing TDs.He had 98 scrimmage yards (77 rushing) in the last meeting. DE Cameron Jordan has seven sacks and an interception in the past eight games at home.The Lions still want a balanced offense, but their line has improved in the last two months thanks to the return of Taylor Decker, and they won't have the disadvantage of playing on the road. Plus, Griffen admits he's not 100 percent since injuring his foot Oct. He also had the team's third fumble of the game, which allowed the Lions to run out the final of a 14-7 win. Teams haven't shadowed Thielen yet this season because Stefon Diggs can be equally dangerous on the other side when healthy.The Vikings do play a lot of single-high safety on early downs, so perhaps Stafford can take more shots downfield. When the Vikings last faced the Lions, former first-round draft bust Greg Robinson was a desperate fill-in for the injured Decker. But the opening snap of the game was indicative of the problems the Lions would have. He caught five balls for 98 yards in the first meeting.