Detroit Lions win defensive battle over Vikings, 14-7
The Detroit Lions got their third win of the regular season, defeating their NFC North divisional rivals, the Minnesota Vikings at home, 14-7.
Coming off a devastating last second defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons in Week Three, the Detroit Lions faced a tough task this Sunday. The 2-1 Lions headed into U.S. Bank Stadium to face off against their NFC North divisional rivals, the 2-1 Minnesota Vikings.
Fortunately, Detroit was able to bounce back in Minnesota, defeating the Vikings in a stanch defensive battle, 14-7.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a relativity quiet day. The NFL’s highest paid player in history completed 19 of his 31 passes for 209 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.
On the other side of the ball, the Lions defense was able to hold Vikings quarterback Case Keenum to 219 passing yards, allowing him to complete just 16 of his 30 passes. Keenum also did not throw for a score or a pick in this contest.
Running back Ameer Abdullah nearly had the first 100-yard rushing day for Detroit since the days of Reggie Bush. The third-year back rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
Tight end Darren Fells actually led the Motor City in receptions with four catches for 40 yards. Abdullah and wide receivers T.J. Jones and Golden Tate each recorded three receptions on the day.
Linebacker Tahir Whitehead lead the team with five solo tackles. Defensive end Anthony Zettel racked up 2.0 sacks in the contest. While safeties Glover Quin and Tavon Wilson each forced a fumble.
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With the divisional victory under their belts, the Detroit Lions improve their record to 3-1 on the young season. The Lions will now head back home to Ford Field to face the 3-1 Carolina Panthers, who defeated the New England Patriots on Sunday, 33-30. The Detroit, Carolina matchup will air next Sunday, October 8th at 1:00 p.m. EDT on FOX.