MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP)—The Minnesota Vikings raced past the Detroit Lions 27-10 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on Sunday afternoon.
Led by quarterback Brett Favre, the Vikes improved to 8-1 while the Lions fell to 1-8 with the setback. The game marked the 12th consecutive time that Minnesota has beaten Detroit in the Metrodome.
The Vikings strengthened their perch atop the NFC North Division in the battle of division counterparts.
Favre passed for a season-high 344 yards, 201 of those to Sidney Rice.
The Lions joined the Houston Oilers, from Nov. 21, 1982, through Nov. 4, 1984, as the only NFL teams to lose 31 games in a 33-game stretch, according to STATS. They've played tough this season several times, as the Vikings can attest, but were beaten again after a slew of injuries in this game and more poor pass coverage.
Adrian Peterson lost a fumble, one of three turnovers (one on downs) by the Vikings inside the Detroit 20, but he turned 18 carries into 133 yards and two touchdowns for Minnesota.
The Lions will host the Cleveland Browns at 1 p.m. next Sunday at Ford Field in Detroit while the Vikings will entertain the Seattle Seahawks at the same time.