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Notebook: Vikings Leery of Cagey Lions

Darren Sharper

With a nine-game winning streak in the series, the Vikings would seem to have the Lions' number. But for a number of reasons, players know they can't afford to take Detroit lightly.

On paper and looking at the records of both teams, it would seem that the Minnesota Vikings should be favorites to win Sunday … but they are not. The oddsmakers have Detroit as a slight favorite, and Vikings players are also cautious of the Lions despite their 2-10 record. Center Matt Birk and safety Darren Sharper each cited instances in which the Vikings and Packers (in Sharper's case) played...

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