Minnesota Coach Jerry Burns was determined not to be burned twice.
In the rematch Sunday, Minnesota held the entire Detroit team to just 81 yards rushing and won easily, 24-10.
"I think our defense played the run pretty well," said Burns, obviously pleased after watching the Vikings return one interception for a touchdown and recover three of five Detroit fumbles.
Minnesota's Tommy Kramer, the NFC's top-rated quarterback, had to be patient against the Detroit defense, but it paid off as he completed 24 of 39 passes for 284 yards and a touchdown.
"It was boring," Kramer said. "Detroit just sits back in the 3-4 defense and plays zone. You just got to take what they give you."
Joey Browner, who returned an intercepted pass 39 yards for a touchdown, led the Vikings' defense.
The victory improved Minnesota's record to 6-4, while the Lions, whose losing streak reached four games, fell to 3-7.
Browner's touchdown and a 24-yard field goal by Chuck Nelson gave Minnesota a 10-0 first-quarter lead which held up through the remainder of the half.
After the Lions scored on a 10-yard pass from Eric Hipple to Jimmie Giles to narrow it to 10-7 with 10:33 left in the third quarter, Kramer took over, driving the Vikings 83 yards to a touchdown in only five plays.
All five plays were Kramer completions, with the score coming on an 11-yard pass to Anthony Carter. Carter, who had a 49-yard catch on the play before the score, finished with 111 yards on 5 catches.
Eddie Murray kicked a 35-yard field goal for Detroit with 1:44 remaining in the third quarter, but the Vikings iced it with a four-yard run by Allen Rice with 6:47 left in the game.
Hipple completed 22 of 37 passes for 205 yards for Detroit.