MINNESOTA (4-2) at DETROIT (2-2-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox

OPENING LINE — Pick 'em

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Vikings 4-2; Lions 4-1

SERIES RECORD — Vikings lead 74-39-2

LAST MEETING — Vikings beat Lions 27-9, Dec. 22, 2018

LAST WEEK — Vikings beat Eagles 38-10; Lions lost to Packers 23-22

AP PRO32 RANKING — Vikings No. 8, Lions No. 13

VIKINGS OFFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (3), PASS (25).

VIKINGS DEFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (9), PASS (7).

LIONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (16), PASS (9).

LIONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (29), RUSH (27), PASS (28).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Vikings have won three consecutive against Lions, didn't give up TD to them last season. ... Minnesota has won two straight this year, averaging 33 points and giving up 10 points per game. ... QB Kirk Cousins NFL-high 142.5 rating past two weeks with 639 yards passing, six TDs, one INT. ... RB Dalvin Cook second in NFL with 796 yards from scrimmage, fourth with 583 yards rushing. ... WR Stefon Diggs first Viking with two TDs of 50-plus yards in game since Randy Moss against Lions on Oct. 1, 2000. ... DE Danielle Hunter NFL-high eight tackles for loss. ... Vikings giving up 15.5 points per game, ranking sixth in league. ... Lions lost two in row after 2-0-1 start. ... QB Matthew Stafford 87 yards passing from 40,000-yard mark for career. Matt Ryan reached mark fastest in 151 games, five more than Stafford has played. ... WR Kenny Golladay has scored in two straight home games, five-plus receptions in past three home games. ... T.J. Hockenson only rookie TE with two receiving TDs. ... DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison two sacks in past three games. ... CB Justin Coleman career-high three passes defended last week and INT.

The Viking warship is open for tours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22 at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive, Geneva. The last guided tour starts at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for teens. For questions, call 630-753-9412, email [email protected] or visit vikingship.us.

An unlikely coincidence in the novel does produce another marvelous character: Pushy, opinionated Ed Shannon, half Nat’s age, shows up one fine day at the badminton club where Nat is a champ. The two become regular friendly competitors. Both are vague about who their employers are, but it’s Ed who rants about current affairs despite a sign over the bar that reads “No Brexit Talk Aloud.” Ed, a Germanophile, despises both the Brexiteers and Trump; the American president, he avers, “is presiding over the systematic no-holds-barred Nazification of the United States.” In the opening line of the novel, Nat tells us that his meeting with Ed was “not contrived,” although it will turn out that Ed will come to play a critical role in what Nat sometimes refers to as “the Fall.”

BRYAN FOOTBALL

• Matchup: Bryan at Cypress Park

• When: 7 p.m. Thursday

• Where: Cy-Fair FCU Stadium, Cypress

• Records: Bryan (1-5, 0-4); Cy-Park (1-5, 1-3)

• Radio: KZNE (1150 AM, 93.7 FM)

• Next: Bryan hosts Cypress Springs, 7 p.m. Oct. 25

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JACKSON, MI – Week 7 of the high school football season was championship week for many league races in the Jackson area.

With most of the conference championships decided already, we are picking up the pieces in Week 8 and trying to figure out which teams will make their playoff dreams come true, which teams will be sweating out Selection Sunday, and which teams will be watching football from their couches this postseason.

Four local teams have already punched their ticket to the playoffs with Lumen Christi (7-0), Hillsdale (7-0), Addison (6-1), and Grass Lake (6-1) reaching the six-win milestone. Jackson (5-2) has also qualified for the postseason with their fifth win in an eight-game schedule.

Parma Western (5-2), Manchester (5-2), Jonesville (5-2), and Homer (5-2) are one win away from automatically qualifying for the postseason, while Concord (4-3), Springport (4-3) and Columbia Central (4-3) are one win away from reaching the playoff bubble with their fifth win of the season.

This week serves as an elimination round for teams that are fighting for those final spots in the playoff brackets.

Who will come out on top?

Let's get to the picks.

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Last week: 12-4 (75 percent)

Season: 79-21 (79 percent)

Best pick: Manchester 41, Hanover-Horton 20. (Actual score: Manchester 42, Hanover-Horton 17. I expected this one to be a race to 40 points and the Flying Dutchmen made me look smart).

Worst pick: Columbia Central 28, Dundee 15. (Actual score: Dundee 43, Columbia Central 6. The Vikings scored 43 unanswered points to completely flip the script on how I thought that game would go.)

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