Clairvoyant (non-jinxing) Vikings' Week 14 box score

Come Sunday, Purple fans can only hope that the Viking's on-field product moves with the same alacrity as our off-field legalities.  With or without the Wall.  At 10:30 a.m. today, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson will decide whether to grant injunctions in a lawsuit filed yesterday by the NFL Player's Association in regard to the league suspensions handed down to Vikings' d-linemen Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, along with four others NFL players. 

The four game suspensions were handed down as the players tested positive for a banned diuretic known at bumetanide, found in the product, StarCaps.  The players contend they took the pills for weight loss.  The league bans bumetanide as it can be used as a masking agent for steroids.

Today, attorneys for the players will contend that NFL brass breached their duty in neglecting to inform players of their knowledge that the banned product contained bumetanide.  The league will contend that, as part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the onus is on the players to know exactly what they put in their own bodies.

So that's the pen.  But what about the damn sword!  We've still got a game to play on Sunday, dudes, and if you're anything like me -- you're freaked out.  Back in October, the Vikings slid by the Lions 12-10 on a Ryan Longwell field goal with 9 seconds left.  Sick.  Even sicker is Detroit's 0-12 record, low-lighted for the nation in Thanksgiving's 47-10 loss to Tennessee. 

Sicker even still is the fact that this game has Screwball written all over it.  The Purple are favored by 11, even though they're 2-4 on the road against the spread, while the Lions are actually 4-2 at home against the spread.  The Lions sport the league's worst run defense while the Vikings bring the NFL's leading rusher to town.  No team has ever gone 0-16 as Detroit is threatening to do, and let's just face it: teams here in the Bread Basket posses some strange and incalculable choke element toward which no stat can be dissected or attributed.

So let's just get past this baby, I say.  Let's just forget this Sunday, and look forward, to the future.  This game isn't going to be exciting or memorable or have all that many highlights, sans a few crazy Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor runs.  Kids aren't going to save their programs or ticket-stubs.  Nobody really cool is doing the National Anthem, and the Fantasy impact sports just two guys in A.P. and the Lions' Charles Johnson.

So let's just move on.  Nothing to see here.  Nothing to get all freaky about.  No implosion.  We won!  It's over.  It happened.  On to Arizona!  Here's how it played out:

Minnesota 34, Detroit 20

Minnesota       14      10      3      7      --  34              

Detroit              7        3      3      7      --  20


First quarter 

Min -- A. Peterson 13 run (R. Longwell kick),  11:01.

Min -- A. Peterson 1 run (R. Longwell kick),  3:07.

Det -- C. Johnson 6 pass from D. Culpepper (J. Hanson kick), :13.

Second quarter 

Det --  FG J. Hanson 47, 9:50.

Min --  FG R. Longwell 23, 3:11.

Min -- C. Greeway 27 interception return (R. longwel kick), 1:41. 

Third quarter

Det --  FG J. Hanson 49, 8:50.

Min --  FG R. Longwell 33, 2:12.

Fourth quarter

Min -- B. Wade 18 pass from G. Frerotte (R. Longwell kick), 10:01.

Det -- D. Culpepper 33 run (J. Hanson kick), 3:39.

A- 56,881.


TEAM STATISTICS                   Min                         Det 

First downs                             19                          13 

Total net yards                       405                         345

Rushes-yards                          27-188                    21-115 

Passing                                  217                         230 

Punt Returns                          3-44                        1-11

Kickoff Returns                       5-99                       6-122    

Interception ret.                     2-31                        1-1       

Comp-att-int                           17-27-1                  20-31-2 

Sacked-yards lost                   2-20                      4-29    

Punts                                      2- 39.2                   5- 61.1

Fumbles-lost                           1-0                        2-1      

Penalties-yards                      6-66                       7-56   

Time of possession               33:03                     26:57



RUSHING: Min- Peterson 19-119, Taylor 7-68, Tahi 1-1.  Det- K. Smith 16-71, Culpepper 3-35, A. Cason 2-9 

PASSING: Min- Frerotte 17-26-1, 237, Taylor 0-1-0, 0.  Det- Culpepper 20-31-2-259. 

RECEIVING: Min- Wade 6-91, Berrian 3-86, Shiancoe 4-39, Taylor 2-19, Peterson 2-2.  Det- C. Johnson 7-137, S. McDonald 4-51, M. Gaines 4-22, K. Smith 3-19, J. Owens 2-30   

SACKS: Min - J. Allen 2, C. Greenway 1, A. Winfield 1.  Det- White 2  

INTERCEPTIONS: Min- A. Winfield 1-3, D. Sharper 1-28.  Det- E. Sims 1-1.