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Predictions & Projections
By David M. Dorey
 
The Huddle
WEEK 12
November 19, 2003
Season Ticket
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM
CAR at DAL NE at HOU SF at GB CHI at DEN WAS at MIA
DET at MIN NO at PHI Sun 4 PM OAK at KC Mon 9 PM
IND at BUF PIT at CLE CIN at SD TEN at ATL NYG at TB
JAX at NYJ SEA at BAL STL at ARZ *updated Times EST
   
Detroit vs Minnesota Sun, Nov 23; 1 PM on FOX at Metrodome
  Detroit Rush Catch Pass
QB Joey Harrington 0 0 200,1
RB Shawn Bryson 50,1 30 0
TE Mikhael Ricks 0 30 0
WR Bill Schroeder 0 40 0
WR Az-Zahir Hakim 0 70,1 0
  Minnesota Rush Catch Pass
QB Daunte Culpepper 30,1 0 270,2
RB Michael Bennett 50 20 0
RB Moe Williams 70,1 30 0
TE J. Kleinsasser 0 50,1 0
WR Randy Moss 0 100,1 0
WR Kelly Campbell 0 40 0
WR D'Wayne Bates 0 20 0

Game Prediction: DET 14, MIN 31

The Vikings are reeling but the Lions have accepted losing as a standard operating procedure. Detroit just lost their latest best receiver and have likely already accepted that they will hit the big "21" this week.

Detroit Notes

The Lions fall to 3-7 after being clubbed to death in Seattle. They are heading towards their 21st losing road game.

Quarterbacks:: Joey Harrington comes off his best game of the year when he threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns against the Seahawks. He had two costly interceptions, but it was not like they were going to win anyway.

Running Backs: Last week Mariucci solved the "who will be primary" question for the running backs by basically splitting the 14 carries in half though Shawn Bryson did have five catches for 30 yards. He ended with 65 total yards to Olandis Gary's 47 yards.

Back in week three when these two teams last met, Bryson had the lead with a big 49 yards on 17 carries. The Vikings can certainly give up rushing yards but the Lions have yet to figure out who can take advantage.

Receivers: This crew had a big game last week, with Az-Zahir Hakim (6-60, 1 TD) leading in receptions and Scotty Anderson (2-87, 1 TD) leading for yardage. However, this being the Lions 2003 meant that Scotty Anderson would get a high ankle sprain and has been placed on injured reserve. Anderson tempted fate too much with 164 yards and a score in only two weeks.

Now the rookie David Kircus may be brought up from the practice squad to join the ever-changing roster. Pending that move, I am assuming Hakim and Schroeder remain as the last men standing.

Match against the Defense: When these two teams last played, the lead receiver was Charles Rogers and the Vikings were looking like the creme of the NFC. Now that Minnesota has soured, the Lions come to town with largely the same group of mildly talented receivers less Rogers.

Harrington seems like he should be a great play this week since the Vikings have been so roundly bad lately, but there is an almost complete lack of players to do it. Sad really, like getting dropped off at the arcade without any quarters.

Minnesota Notes

The Vikings pile on the incredible losses, this time losing in Oakland to a team with no quarterback or starting running back. They fall to 6-4 and are on a four game losing streak.

Quarterbacks:: Daunte Culpepper comes off a career high 396 yards passing last week which was only one week after his previous career best 370 yards in San Diego - both losses. The problem is that last week he had three interceptions and lost two fumbles. He opened the game with one interception that was returned for a touchdown.

Culpepper has been on fire all season but now with his reverting to a turnover problem has meant that all the ghosts from last season are coming out to haunt him. Culpepper is again taking the appearance of a great player trying to do it all himself. Since no one else is stepping up, he gets the role by default.

Running Backs: The rushing game disappeared last week in Oakland and the best rusher was, of course, Culpepper who scored the only rushing touchdown as well. Moe Williams had 10 carries for 30 yards and injured his left knee but is expected to be fine this week. Williams did add 80 yards on six catches last week.

Michael Bennett only had five carries and gained only 13 yards and added 59 on just two passes.

Receivers: Randy Moss had his worst game of the season with only 4 catches for 25 yards. Kelly Campbell stepped up with 115 yards and one score but D'Wayne Bates still is doing nothing.

Nate Burleson turned eight throws into only three catches for 32 yards but Jim Kleinsasser had 67 yards on seven catches as the most common target along with Moss and Moe Williams. In the past three weeks since Kleinsasser has been upgraded in the passing scheme, he has turned in a total of 138 yards and one touchdown on 14 catches - pretty nice for a tight end.

Match against the Defense: The Vikings have less problems offensively than defensively, though Culpepper's recent return to losing the ball has been no help for the scoreboard.

When these teams played in week three, Culpepper had a very low 103 yards passing though he scored once on a run. The Lions have now lost LB Boss Bailey, so the running game should pick back up and Moe Williams had 95 yards rushing in Detroit already this season.

Look for good yardage and scores for the home crowd to cheer, this team needs a big win and the Lions as a visitor is as close to an E-ticket as the NFL has to give.

Team Comparisons - Current team rankings (1-32) for FF points scored or allowed by position
Rank (1-32)
QB
RB
WR
TE
PK
DEF
DET Scores
28
25
27
15
21
19
MIN Allows
29
31
22
24
21
13
DET AP
1
6
-5
9
0
-6
Rank (1-32)
QB
RB
WR
TE
PK
DEF
MIN Scores
1
7
4
24
20
9
DET Allows
30
6
16
25
14
18
MIN AP
29
-1
12
1
-6
9
Offensive ranks = #1 gains most points, Defensive ranks = #1 allows least points
AP = Advantage Points, the net difference between a positional rank gained or allowed by the teams.
DET
MIN
2003 Game Averages
MIN
DET
Gains
Allows
QB's
Gains
Allows
186
260
Pass yards
285
213
0.9
1.4
Pass TDs
2.4
1.5
1.6
1.6
Interceptions
0.9
0.6
7
7
Rush yards
21
17
0.0
0.3
Rush TDs
0.5
0.5
---
---
RB's
---
---
76
134
Rush yards
93
93
0.4
1.1
Rush TDs
0.5
0.5
46
54
Receive yards
69
31
0.1
0.3
Receive TD's
0.4
0.0
---
---
WR's
---
---
108
155
Receive yards
190
145
0.5
1.0
Receive TD's
1.8
1.0
---
---
TE's
---
---
32
51
Receive yards
26
36
0.3
0.1
Receive TD's
0.1
0.4
---
---
PK's
---
---
1.4
1.5
Field Goals
0.9
1.1
1.5
2.9
Extra Points
3.4
3.1
---
---
DEF/ST
---
---
0.4
0.5
Fumbles
0.4
0.3
0.8
1.0
Interceptions
1.8
1.6
0.3
0.1
Touchdowns
0.1
0.4
1.9
2.5
Sacks
2.0
0.9
0.0
0.0
Safeties
0.3
0.0
Lions(3-7)
Score Opp.
42-24 ARZ
6-31 @GB
13-23 MIN
16-20 @DEN
17-24 @SF
Week 6 BYE
7-38 DAL
16-24 @CHI
23-13 OAK
12-10 CHI
14-35 @SEA
Week 12 @MIN
Week 13 GB
Week 14 SD
Week 15 @KC
Week 16 @CAR
Week 17 STL
Vikings (6-4)
Score Opp.
30-25 @GB
24-13 CHI
23-13 @DET
35-7 SF
39-26 @ATL
Week 6 BYE
28-20 DEN
17-29 NYG
27-30 GB
28-42 @SD
18-28 @OAK
Week 12 DET
Week 13 @STL
Week 14 SEA
Week 15 @CHI
Week 16 KC
Week 17 @ARZ

* Fantasy point rankings calculated using standard Huddle fantasy points