Lions preparing for ‘back-alley fight'

Nate Burleson (US Presswire)

Former Vikings receiver Nate Burleson said the Lions aren't overlooking Minnesota, especially after the results of the first three weeks.

The Detroit Lions like to talk tough. As they made the leap from irrelevance to the playoffs last year, they did so with a swagger and a chip on their collective shoulders. Now at 1-2, they're looking to get back to that image and are ready to mix it up.

Former Viking Nate Burleson told the Detroit media that the team is ready for a battle with the Vikings and the Lions clearly aren't looking past the chance of the Vikings taking them down at home.

"We can't overlook anybody with a better record than us," Burleson said. "They played us tough last year, but we know how the division is. It's going to be a back-alley fight. They know us. We know them. They know our best punches and we know theirs. It's just basically going to be one of the matches where execution is going to determine the winner."

There is much at stake on Sunday – the combination of Vikings and Saints wins could drop both the Packers and Lions to 1-3 and have the NFC North turned on its head. The Lions can talk tough, but they are preparing for a tough matchup with the Vikings Sunday because they have more to lose at this point than the Vikings and the last thing they want is to continue their own slide while adding to the Vikings' current momentum. In a battle that has seen cheap shots thrown in recent years, this could be another intense one.


  • Former Viking safety/special teams ace Eric Frampton has signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Another former Viking, wide receiver Kerry Taylor, was signed to Arizona Cardinals practice squad.

  • While a couple of former Vikings are back in the league, a couple more found themselves on the unemployment line. Guard Artis Hicks was released by Miami with the rationale being that he failed to disclose his physical condition, which allowed him to be released after initially being placed on injured reserve.

  • Wide receiver Greg Camarillo was released for the second time by the Saints this week.

  • While safety Mistral Raymond isn't going to injured reserve immediately, the timetable for his potential return is at least a month, if not more. Depending on what happens with the rest of the roster, the Vikings may be forced to make a decision on the future of Raymond's season down the line. Raymond severely injured his ankle on the final play of the first quarter of Sunday's game.

  • The Vikings will have an added weapon when they go into Detroit this weekend. With his suspension up, wide receiver Jerome Simpson is back and ready to "officially" start his Vikings career.

  • The 49ers didn't go back to San Francisco after Sunday's loss to the Vikings. The team, which plays at the Jets Sunday, is spending the week in Ohio, using the practice facility at Youngstown State rather than traveling back to California and flying across country on Saturday.

    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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