- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Lions have played most of the third quarter here at the Metrodome without defensive end Cliff Avril, who is being evaluated for a possible head injury in the team's locker room.
The Lions' bigger problem at the moment is a lack of points. They trail the Vikings 16-3 with five minutes, five seconds left in the quarter. They haven't converted any of their first seven third-down plays.