Vikings make a statement
The Minnesota Vikings will head to Ford Field in Detroit on Thursday for what could be a crucial Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions.
The Vikings lead the NFC North Division by two games over the Lions, but one of Minnesota's losses earlier in the season was at home to Detroit.
A season sweep would give the Lions the tiebreaker advantage at the end of the season if they can catch the Vikings. Conversely, a Minnesota win would give the Vikings a three-game advantage with five games to play along with a fairly benign schedule.
Minnesota are 1.001 to win NFC North, with the Lions 67.00.
Sunday Minnesota saw off the challenge of the Los Angeles Rams with a 24-7 triumph at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The hosts spotted the Rams a Todd Gurley 6-yard run for a touchdown in the first quarter, before shutting out LA the rest of the way.
Latavius Murray rushed for 95 yards and a couple of touchdowns on 15 carries and Case Keenum was an efficient 27-of-38 for 280 yards and a score.
Keenum's play is making the starting decision easy in Minnesota with Teddy Bridgewater back from injury, but currently the back-up.
With the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears remaining after the game with the Lions, it would not be a shock to see Keenum under center the rest of the way.
While the Vikings were winning their sixth in a row the Lions were picking up their third straight.
A Matt Prater 52-yard field goal with 1:35 to go in the fourth quarter was the difference as Detroit got the better of the Bears 27-24 in Chicago.
Despite the loss the Bears are playing most teams close and it would not be a shock to see Chicago impact the play-off race down the stretch.
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