QB Matt Stafford wasn’t even around to see what was nearly the most dramatic comeback in the history of the Detroit Lions. With the trainers working on his leg, Stafford wasn’t on the field for the last two touchdowns of the game against the Tennessee Titans. QB Shaun Hill, to his credit, came in and did a yeoman’s job to bring the game to overtime after inheriting a two TD deficit late in the fourth quarter, but it is clear that the Lions are going to be a lot better served for those making NFL picks on them if Stafford is in the lineup this week against the Minnesota Vikings than if Hill is.
However, all that we know right now about Stafford is that he has some sort of a leg or a glute injury. Detroit is keeping this close to the vest, as it is going to reevaluate the situation by the end of the work week, but until then, Lions fan will be on pins and needles waiting to see if their franchise quarterback will play.
We have to remember that these might be desperate times for Detroit as well. The Lions don’t have a cover this year, and they are just one play away from being an 0-3 club. They’re already a game back of the Vikings and the Chicago Bears, and a loss on Sunday would see the deficit grow to two games.
Stafford against the Vikings in his career, has an 88.6 quarterback rating. Hill has averaged just 217.8 passing yards per game against them and has five TDs and four picks.
Either way, the Detroit passing game should be smiling. Minnesota has faced three of the worst dozen quarterbacks in the league this year in all likelihood, which is the only reason why the unit doesn’t rank significantly worse than its No. 9 ranking suggests.
Minnesota covered both games last year, but Detroit won both meetings from an SU standpoint.