Minnesota Vikings defeat Detroit Lions, 27-10

Any question about just how big the differences are between the NFC North champion Vikings from 2008 and the 2009 edition destined to repeat as division champs might have been answered in the team's games against Detroit the past two years.

Last season, the Vikings swept the woeful (and eventually winless) Lions by an unimpressive total of six points. This season, the Vikings swept the still feeble Lions (1-8) by the combined margin of 31 points.

And in neither game ...

There have been many examples of the evolution of the Vikings offense from a one-dimensional attack into a well-rounded unit.

A prime one came in the fourth quarter of a 27-10 victory over Detroit on Sunday.

Facing second-and-8 from his own 25-yard line, quarterback Brett Favre saw the Lions were in an alignment to defend the pass. A pass had been called, but Favre had the freedom to check to a run play that would have put the ball into Chester Taylor's hands.