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Even if they were the “same old Lions,” the Vikings would still have a fight on their hands. Minnesota has beaten Detroit 19 of the last 21 times the two teams have met, but a closer look shows the rivalry hasn’t been as lopsided as it first appears. Sixteen of the Vikings‘ 19 victories in that span have been by 10 points or fewer, including 11 by a touchdown or less.

“We’ve never taken them for granted, no matter what the situation is and they do always play us tough,” linebacker Ben Leber said. “We understand that. They’re a much better team than they have been in the last couple years. We’ve got to be ready.”

If anyone knows how to handle early season disappointments, it’s Kyle Vanden Bosch. The Lions signed him away from Tennessee in the offseason to bolster the pass rush and provide some intensity in the locker room, and he hasn’t disappointed.

He had 11 tackles in the season-opening loss at Chicago and had 1 1/2 sacks last week against Philadelphia. Last year, his Titans started 0-6 before winning eight of their last 10.

“People kept asking, ‘What’s it going to take to fix this thing?’” Vanden Bosch said. “It’s not a big transformation. All you need is a win. A win fixes a lot of things. When you lose a game and when you lose close games like we’ve lost the last two weeks, the mistakes are magnified. It seems like things are going a lot worse than they are.”