Lions vs. Vikings Offensive Breakdown By Herman Moore
Legendary Lions wide receiver Herman Moore gives his offensive analyses between the Detroit Lions versus the Minnesota Vikings. He puts player vs. player to see who has the better player in the matchup.
Amon-Ra St. Brown vs. Justin Jefferson
Herman Moore on Justin Jefferson (1:17)
Moore gives the edge to wide receiver Justin Jefferson: “I take the veteran; I take Jefferson.”
Jefferson has been on fire so far this season, racking up over 230 yards in receptions, and is the focal point for the Vikings offense. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is always looking Jefferson’s way.
D.J. Chark vs. Adam Thielen
Lions wide receiver D.J. Chark has underperformed after two weeks for the Lions. The edge goes to wide receiver Adam Thielen.
Thielen has had 88 yards receiving on seven targets; that’s 30 more yards than Chark.
Herman Moore on Adam Thielen (1:47)
“The upper hand I give to Thielen is for the fact there is so much uncertainty around Chark; he must be targeted more to move up on my list. For this selection, I take Thielen.”
T.J. Hockenson vs. Irv Smith Jr.
Tight end T.J. Hockenson has been inconsistent this season, dropping multiple catchable balls from Goff.
On the other hand, tight end Irv Smith Jr. has been consistent in the passing game and run game. The edge must go to Smith.
D’Andre Swift vs. Dalvin Cook
This is a fun battle between two high-profile players.
Running back Dalvin Cook has been great when on the field for the Vikings for the past four seasons. However, running back D’Andre Swift has exploded this season, rushing for 200 yards and averaging 10 yards a touch. The winner in this battle is Swift.
Herman Moore on D’Andre Swift (4:20)
“I put more return with Swift because you will get the run and the pass with him; with Cook, he is a dual purpose back, but he is going to be more run first.”
Jared Goff vs. Kirk Cousins
QBs Goff and Cousins are similar regarding stats for this season, but they have some differences. Goff is a more conservative player who takes fewer risks when throwing the football, and Cousins is a player willing to throw at any point resulting in the gunslinger mentality.
The edge goes to Cousins, as Cousins has a quicker release and is ready to take shots downfield.
From an offensive perspective, the final edge goes to the Minnesota Vikings. For the Lions, it will be challenging to get a win on the road, and I have the Vikings winning the game.