As always, I like to see which players on the opposing team is giving Detroit Lions fans the most anxiety in each week’s matchup. Last week, fans were worried about Jordan Howard, and he promptly ran 125 yards and a touchdown against Detroit.
This week is a little bit different, because we’ve already seen the Detroit Lions face off against the Minnesota Vikings. Though Detroit came out victorious, there were definitely a few players who gave the Lions fits. Stefon Diggs had five catches for 98 yards. Danielle Hunter had 2.0 sacks, Everson Griffen notched four quarterback hits, and Xavier Rhodes helped shut down just about every Lions receiver in the game.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Vikings player poses the biggest threat to a Lions victory on Thanksgiving?
My answer: Latavius Murray. Murray wasn’t all that devastating in the last matchup between the two teams. When Murray came in for an injured Dalvin Cook, he rushed for just 21 yards on seven rushes.
However, Murray has 163 rushing yards in this past two games and averaged 5.1 per carry over that time. The Lions, on the other hand, have completely forgotten how to defend the run. Given that the Browns and Bears—two of the worst offenses in the league—were able to completely dictate the majority of their games against the Lions because of the ground game, it’s hard to overstate the importance of this matchup.
With Ezekiel Ansah and Jalen Reeves-Maybin potentially back in the lineup this week, Detroit could certainly turn things around, but that doesn’t make me any less worried about Murray.