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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Two months ago, Matt Kalil and the rest of the Minnesota Vikings offensive linemen were reeling.The Detroit Lions had just sacked rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater eight times, relentless pressure that also led to three interceptions, while forcing seven punts and limiting the Vikings to three points.The division rematch has arrived this week, and the Vikings are now down three of their five original starters to injuries. That doesnt mean theyre anxious, tough, about having again to block Ziggy Ansah, Ndamukong Suh and the rest of that fierce front four the Lions have.Im not worried about this game at all, Kalil said. I think the guys weve got up there are pretty solid.Ansah has 15 1/2 sacks in 27 career games, 2 1/2 against Kalil and the Vikings on Oct. 12.Ive definitely got my hands full, but their other defensive linemen are pretty good, too, Kalil said.This has been a rough season for the former fourth overall draft pick, taken by the Vikings in 2012 out of USC, but he has started to play a bit better over the second half of the season despite a persistence of costly penalties.The overall protection for Bridgewater has been better, too, as hes learned to deliver the ball more quickly without letting the pass rush alter his throws. Bridgewater has taken a total of 13 sacks over the past six games.Most remarkable about the improvement is that the Vikings have done so with a majority of backups. Kalil and centre John Sullivan are still intact, but Joe Berger is at right guard for Brandon Fusco and Mike Harris is playing right tackle for Phil Loadholt.Both Fusco and Loadholt are on injured reserve with torn pectoral muscles. Left guard Charlie Johnson hurt his ankle in the last game, too, so Vlad Ducasse is in line to replace him against the Lions. Ducasse started four games for Fusco before Berger took over there.Its a next-man-up mentality. I know Vlad is going to come in and do a great job for us, Harris said. This is my third game now. The coaches are expecting me to perform at a high level. Just play ball. Thats it.Kalil and offensive co-ordinator Norv Turner, unprompted in separate interviews, each credited offensive line coach Jeff Davidson for his patchwork.Jeffs been doing a great job all year of just throwing guys in random spots, getting them used to playing all different positions, Davidson said.None more than Berger, the veteran now in his 10th NFL season, his fourth with the Vikings. He has been the go-to guy at both guard spots and centre when injuries have come up.Hes kind of the mauler in there, Kalil said.Special teams co-ordinator Mike Priefer, speaking about the lack of touchdowns on kickoff returns this year, mentioned missing Bergers blocking on that unit now that hes a starter on offence.He does get outmanned a little bit at times, but I think he makes up for with having a good understanding of what were trying to do and being in the right position, Turner said.Berger, who played at NCAA Division II Michigan Tech and grew up in the state, will have several family members and friends at Ford Field on Sunday. So this is a special game for him. But hes not letting the Lions become that big of a deal.Theyre a good defensive front. We just need to do what we need to do, take care of ourselves and well be all right, Berger said.___AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Nationals Michael A. Taylor Jersey . 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LUCIE, Fla. -- Gene Fieger shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Thursday to take a four-stroke lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship. The 53-year-old Fieger, the PGA director of golf at Hideout Golf Club in Naples, Fla., had a 10-under 206 total at PGA Golf Club in the event postponed in October in Virginia because of rain and flooding. The top 35 after the final round Friday will earn spots in the Senior PGA Championship on May 22-25 at Harbor Shores in Michigan. "I like playing on Bermuda grass and feel that its an advantage for me," said Fieger, who three-putted the par-4 ninth hole for his lone bogey. "Except for the ninth hole, I was very happy with the round. I have driven the ball well and chipped pretty well, too. Thats what you have to do out here on this course and in this weather." Steve Parker and Frank Esposito were tied for second. Parker, a 56-year-old PGA Life Member from Houston, shot a 67 -- the best round of the day and his lowest career scores on the Wanamaker Course. He had seven birddies and two bogeys.dddddddddddd "We do play in wind there and we learn how to control the ball," Parker said about Texas. "You work on it at the range and you have to trust yourself. I have trouble with a left-right wind just like everybody else, unless youre a left-hander. Its been a different wind every day, but the greens were a little softer today." Esposito, the 50-year-old PGA head pro at Brooklake in Florham Park, N.J., had a 74. "I played real solid today, but I just putted lousy," Esposito said. "I hit a couple bad shots, but everybody always does. I need to hit some quality shots tomorrow and, hopefully, make a few putts." Don Berry was five strokes back at 5 under. The 53-year-old Berry is the PGA head professional at Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park, Minn. 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