Vikings’ 7-decade series against Lions has produced padded stats, big winning streaks

The Vikings were in the midst of a 13-game winning streak over Detroit at the time, one that would end in 1974. The Vikings ended up going 11-3 against the Lions with Foreman playing as a running back for them from 1973-79.

“The Lions were always one of those teams in my time that you just put a check mark up against, a winning check mark,” Foreman said. “I never felt like we couldn’t beat them. We had to beat ourselves to lose to them. … You’d look at the schedule, and that was a team you could chalk up a win against.”

Flash forward five decades and not much has changed. Minnesota (1-3) heads into Sunday’s noon game against the Lions (0-4) at U.S. Bank Stadium with a seven-game winning streak in a series that began in 1961. A win would give the Vikings their third-longest victory streak against Detroit, following the 13 consecutive victories from 1968-74 and a 10-game run from 2002-06.

Among the 16 teams the Vikings have played 18 or more times in franchise history, they have dominated the Lions like no other. Minnesota holds a 78-39-2 series lead, having doubled them up in

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