Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) celebrates his touchdown with fans during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

What They’re Saying About the Detroit Lions’ Win Over Vikings


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Chris McCosky’s Four Downs: Lions’ penchant for personal-foul penalties re-emerges
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News

They thought it was behind them. They thought it was an issue they learned to control last season. Nope. The Lions had another relapse of their self-destructive habit of incurring personal foul penalties.

“Dumb mistakes,” Reggie Bush said. “We know better. We’ve got enough guys on this team who know better. Penalties after the play are momentum-killers. They know that and we will get it corrected.”

Detroit Lions show resiliency (for a change) in Week 1 win
Drew Sharp – Detroit Free Press

Reggie Bush ran like the Kardashians were chasing him.

He found a missing gear not seen since he outran the Trojans’ horse mascot, Traveler, during his college days at Southern Cal. And as he steadily distanced himself over 77 yards from those Minnesota Vikings flaggingly pursuing him, the newest Lion also put some distance between a woe-so-familiar start for this team and a more disciplined, explosive second half.

There’s hope. And there’s reality.

Ezekiel Ansah pleased with Detroit Lions debut, even though it came as a reserve
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

Ezekiel Ansah stood at his locker dressed in a relaxed suit and adorned with a colorful beaded necklace his mother sent him from Ghana. He even smiled.

Ansah, after a stressful two weeks, could finally chill.

The Detroit Lions’ rookie defensive end overcame a concussion and nearly two weeks of inactivity to make it back in time for Sunday’s 34-24 season-opening win against the Minnesota Vikings.

Ponder shaky in Vikings’ ugly loss to Lions, and so were many others
Tom Powers – St. Paul Pioneer Press

OK, but the new stadium is going to be beautiful and state of the art and very, very shiny.

Other than that, there isn’t much good happening with the Vikings, who belly-flopped against the Detroit Lions.

“The good thing for us,” noted Christian Ponder, “is that it counts as one game.”

Well, there’s that.

What Went Wrong For The Vikings In Detroit?
Adam Carlson – The Viking Age

The Lions were 3.5 point favorites to win the game in Vegas, but most Vikings fans felt that the spread was a bit too high. Turns out that the Vegas odds makers really know their stuff. The Lions dismantled the Vikings 34-24 in the game that made it seem like the Vikings were given every opportunity to succeed but couldn’t seem to take advantage.

Let’s take a quick look at five major things that went wrong:

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