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Vikings will see a much-improved Lions team on Sunday

After a 0-10-1 start a year ago, the Lions closed the season with three wins in their final six games, and now they look to be even better.

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Detroit Lions linebacker Josh Woods (51) during the first half against Washington at Ford Field on Sept. 18, 2022.
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Lions (1-1) at Vikings (1-1)

Kickoff: Noon Sunday
Where: U.S Bank Stadium
TV: KMSP-Channel 9; Brandon Gaudin, Brady Quinn and Megan Olivi.
Radio: KFXN-FM 100.3; Paul Allen, Pete Bercich, Ben Leber
Referee: John Hussey
Series: Vikings lead 79-40-2
Line: Vikings by 5 1/2

The Vikings had won eight in a row over Detroit until the Lions stunned them 29-27 last December at Ford Field for their first win of 2021. After a 0-10-1 start a year ago, the Lions closed the season with three wins in their final six games, and now they look to be even better.

The Lions added edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson with the second pick in the NFL draft in April, and he had three sacks in their 36-27 win over Washington last Sunday. On offense, the Lions are averaging 35.5 points per game, with Jared Goff having throwing six touchdown passes and De’Andre Swift rushing for 200 yards on just 20 carries.

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The Vikings are coming off an ugly 24-7 loss at Philadelphia on Monday night. The defense struggled in the first half but did manage to hold the Eagles scoreless in the second half. On Sunday, the defense will be weakened due to six-time Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith being out with a concussion suffered in the second half Monday.

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