Later this afternoon, the Detroit Lions will be on the road for the first time this season when they take on the Minnesota Vikings in a battle for first place in the NFC North.
Picking up a win in Minnesota will not be an easy task as the Lions have not won a game there since 2017 when Jim Caldwell was the head coach in Detroit. (The Lions won that game 14-7)
Detroit Lions look to snap huge streak by defeating Minnesota Vikings
But Minnesota is not the only place away from home that the Detroit Lions have trouble winning as they have now lost 10 consecutive games on the road, including all nine road games in 2021.
Earlier in the week, Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell talked about picking up a big win in Minnesota.
“This is something that we have a lot of urgency about,” Campbell said. “This is big. We need to try and set the tempo for ourselves, and it starts on the road, divisional game. Of course it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be hostile. It shouldn’t be easy. And those guys are going to be ready to go. They’re going to get back to what they do best, and we know that, but man, it goes back to we’ve got to be able handle this pressure on the road.
“Because that’s really what it comes down to, collectively, when you go on the road. There’s a certain amount of pressure that is applied, and how do we handle that overall? That’s something that we’ve been talking about for a long time now. We are young, but we’ll see where we’re at.”
“There is something about being on the road and being in that with that group of guys and everybody’s on top of you, and nobody wants you there, nobody wants to see you win or succeed other than your own group,” Campbell said. “There’s nothing better than, man, just honing in on each other and depending on one another, that, ‘Man, you’re going to do your job, I’m going to do mine.’ And when you make a play, the crowd just goes silent. There’s nothing better than that.”
Nation, do you think the Detroit Lions will pull off a victory over Minnesota Vikings?