Key Vikings might miss Detroit Lions game

Diggs, nursing an ailing knee, did not participate in Tuesday's or Wednesday's practice. Diggs has an NFL-leading 33 receptions over the last three weeks.

ESPN's Football Power Index now gives the Vikings a 65 percent chance of winning the division, and puts the Lions at just 27 percent.

Munnerlyn, who also has an ankle injury, has 38 tackles this season.

TE Eric Ebron and RB Theo Riddick continue to pick up the receiving slack for Detroit's slumping wideouts, while Ezekiel Ansah looked fresh coming off the bye with four QB hits in his best 2016 performance.

All five practiced on a limited basis this week. Thanksgiving just wouldn't be the same without some time spent around the television rooting on your favorite National Football League teams in a series of holiday games spaced out across the day.

LIONS QB Matthew Stafford (24-33-278-0-0 in Week 11 win) has 11-1 TD-INT ratio in last 6 games.

Lions-Vikings breakdown: It's not a complicated formula for the Lions, and it's especially true when they play the Vikings. Without a proven run game, Detroit's offense could be in for another hard afternoon against this Vikings defense. "We all understand that".

Among them: Thanksgiving Day for tradition; only game played in its time slot on national TV for exposure; division game for a rivalry; first-place at stake for an advantage in the playoff race. The team that makes fewer mistakes will obviously be in better position to win, but the first game of Thanksgiving Day should be close throughout. With middling receivers and no running game to speak of, Diggs has been the focal point of the team's offense all season, particularly since Pat Shumur took over as OC earlier this month. The Vikings rely heavily on their defense as they are giving up 17.6 points and 327.1 yards per game. But the timing of playing a familiar opponent for the second time in 18 days adds a wrinkle to both teams' game prep.

Things got a little easier for the Steelers after Colts coach Chuck Pagano announced that his starting quarterback, Andrew Luck, is in the NFL's concussion protocol. The Vikings had been scuffling, losing four straight until they overcame the Arizona Cardinals last week. "We'll have our hands full, but as far as a preparation standpoint it doesn't seem like too long ago I was looking at film of these guys".

But don't expect Lions coach Jim Caldwell to go against conventional coaching wisdom.



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