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The Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings appear to be headed in opposite directions. Though they’re both coming off of disappointing Week 8 losses Da'Shawn Hand Jersey , the Lions just sold one of their key offensive pieces, while the Vikings are continuing to play better and are getting healthier. That being said, Minnesota came into the season with much higher expectations, and have yet to come close to those lofty goals. So what’s going on in Minnesota, and will they be able to turn it around in time to grab their second-consecutive NFC North crown? Let’s take a look in our Week 9 scouting report.Minnesota VikingsLast season13-3 record (1st in the NFC North)10th in points scored, 1st in points allowedOverall DVOA: 4th (5th on offense, 2nd on defense)2018 offseasonKey free agent additions: QB Kirk Cousins, DT Sheldon Richardson, OL Tom ComptonKey losses: QB Case Keenum, QB Teddy Bridgewater, QB Sam Bradford, RB Jerick McKinnon, G Joe Berger, DT Tom Johnson, CB Tramaine Brock, CB Marcus Sherels Sylvester Williams Jersey White , 2018 NFL draft picks:Round 1, 30 overall - CB Mike HughesRound 2, Pick 62 - T Brian O’NeillRound 4, Pick 102 - DE Jalyn HolmesRound 5, Pick 157 - TE Tyler Conklin Round 5, Pick 167 - K Daniel CarlsonRound 6, Pick 213 - G Colby GossettRound 6, Pick 218 - DE Ade ArunaRound 7, Pick 225 - LB Devante Downs Last year, the Vikings were truly one of the best teams in the NFL. Defensively, they were the same terror that they’ve been over the past few years, and offensively, everything clicked. Despite the early loss of rookie running back Dalvin Cook and quarterback Sam Bradford, the Vikings offense managed to be incredibly productive on the arm of Case Keenum, the legs of Latavius Murray and a mediocre-at-best offensive line. It was truly puzzling to see, and it’s likely why offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur got a head coaching job with the New York Giants in 2018. The over-performance eventually caught up with them Ricky Jean Francois Jersey , as they got throttled in the NFC Championship Game by the eventual Super Bowl winning Philadelphia Eagles.However, the Vikings came into the 2018 season with even more optimism. Their defense returned just about everyone, and added former Pro Bowl defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson in free agency. Their offense appeared to upgrade with a healthy Dalvin Cook and one Kirk Cousins. It was odd to see Minnesota blow up their quarterback room after such a successful season, but almost everyone agreed that Case Keenum to Kirk Cousins was an upgrade. Minnesota was not only considered a contender going into the 2018 season, but some believed only they would be able to contend with the Rams for the NFC. 2018 season thus far (4-3-1)Week 1: Win over 49ers, 24-16Week 2: Tie with Packers, 29-29Week 3: Loss to Bills, 6-27Week 4: Loss to Rams, 31-38Week 5: Win over Eagles, 23-21Week 6: Win over Cardinals, 27-17Week 7: Win over Jets, 37-17Week 8: Loss to Saints, 20-30Stats:14th in points scored, 15th in points allowed18th in DVOA (20th on offense, 13th on defense, 26th on special teams)It has obviously not worked out that way thus far. Statistically speaking http://www.lionslockerroom.com/authentic-jalen-reeves-maybin-jersey , the 2018 Vikings look almost unrecognizable from last year’s team. Offensive line issues have crippled their efficiency, while their defense, too, has struggled much more than expected.Offensively, the Vikings are really struggling to run the ball, averaging just 4.0 yards per carry (25th) and 87.1 yards per game (29th). Last year, they ran for over 30 yards per game more (122.3). As for Cousins, he’s far from the offense’s biggest problem. Though he’s 21st in the league in yards per attempt (7.4), he’s ninth in passer rating (102.5), fourth in completion percentage, and his 16:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio is more than adequate. However, due to the aforementioned offensive line issues, Cousins has seven fumbles on the year (five lost)—both NFL highs. Defensively, it’s hard to exactly put your finger on what’s going wrong. Part of the problem is injuries. Key players like Andrew Sendejo, Everson Griffen, Anthony Barr Womens Danny Amendola Jersey , and Xavier Rhodes have all missed some time. As a result, the Vikings are allowing a passer rating 18 points higher than last year (73.0 vs. 91.2) and nearly nine points more per game (15.8 vs. 24.4). All that being said, the Vikings are far from entering panic mode. They’ve won three out of their last four games, and of those three losses, two came against arguably the best teams in the NFC (Saints, Rams). They seem to be improving every week, and now they’re getting healthier too. After missing a few games due to mental health, defensive terror Everson Griffen is back. Xavier Rhodes could play this week after missing the Saints game, and it appears Dalvin Cook could make his first appearance since Week 4.The Vikings aren’t the team they were last year, but they appear to be hitting their stride now, and that could spell trouble for a Lions team still flailing in mediocrity. Vegas line for Sunday: Vikings by 5NFL cuts 2018: Detroit Lions roster updates, practice squad tracker, waiver claims and rumors “You know this isn’t the Detroit Lions’ final 53-man roster, right?”Yes, annoying friend, we all know that by now Golden Tate III Jersey , but thanks for pointing it out. That’s right, the Lions may have established their initial 53-man roster on Saturday afternoon, but Sunday will feature a slew of transactions, too. First, all of the players waived over the past two days will become available at noon ET on Sunday. As we speak, teams are scouring the transaction list and putting in claims for players they think may improve their current 53. The Detroit Lions currently are 20th on the waiver priority list, meaning 19 teams are going to have to pass on any of the waived players before Detroit gets their shot. We should hear about any of these sort of additions—or if any of the Lions’ waived player get claimed—right after that noon deadline. After that’s done, teams will get to building their practice squads. Starting at 1 p.m. ET, all 32 franchises are permitted to add any practice squad eligible players that didn’t get claimed to their 10-man squad for 2018. We’ll be tracking those additions for the Lions here, too. Detroit Lions roster claimsOT Andrew Donnal (Ravens)DB Dee Virgin (Texans)Lions waived players claimed by other teamsNone (per Justin Rogers)Former Lions joining other practice squads:RB Dwayne Washington (Saints)DT Jeremiah Ledbetter (Buccaneers)TE Marcus Lucas (Seahawks)WR Jace Billingsley (Patriots)Detroit Lions 2018 practice squad membersQB Jake Rudock (story)WR Chris Lacy (per Dave Birkett)CB Mike Ford (per Justin Rogers)DE Alex Barrett (per Justin Rogers)S Rolan Milligan (per team)LB Darnell Sankey (per team)OL Dan Skipper (per team)DE Eric Lee (from Patriots, per Kevin Duffy)CB Cre’Von LeBlanc (story)DT John AtkinsRB Donnel Pumphrey (reported, unofficial)You can also follow along with all the news with our Twitter tracker below.(If you can’t see the Twitter scroll, click here)Tweets from https://twitter.com/PrideOfDetroit/lists/lions-coverage
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