Detroit Lions-Minnesota Vikings: A Test of Embattled Psyches

September 22, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

How is it possible for two 0-2 teams from the same division to be so very different, yet have the same basic goal when playing one another?
Before this week, I would have said it wasn't possible. But here we are, and we may never see a pair of 0-2 teams as different as the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions.
Both teams are winless, but neither has lost by more than a possession. Minnesota's season point differential is -9; Detroit's is -8.
Both teams went for it on fourth-and-short last week, but neither did terribly well with it.
Detroit is missing its starting quarterback. Minnesota is starting to wish it was, too.
And then there's Jahvid Best, who last Sunday taught everybody why the Lions traded up to get Minnesota's pick in the first round to select him.
The matchup is chock full of links, similarities, and other intrigues.
So then why does it seem like the Lions are coming into the Metrodome with heads held high and a strong feeling of p...

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