Detroit Lions loss to Vikings wastes epic performance by Marvin Jones

Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Lions defense was nowhere to be found in a 42-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings and wasted an epic performance by Marvin Jones.

For the first time this season, the Detroit Lions officially have a losing record of 2-3-1. The Motor City defense was embarrassed on Sunday afternoon in their second divisional loss, this time at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 42-30.

Now, the last place Lions are firmly cemented in the basement of the NFC North division, losing back-to-back games against the Green Bay Packers and Vikings, the latter at Ford Field. And the disappointing loss is only worsened by the fact it wasted the best individual performance by a Lion so far this season.

Veteran wide receiver Marvin Jones had an epic performance against the Vikings. Jones racked up 10 receptions on 13 targets for 93 yards and a whopping four touchdowns. It’s the second time in his eight-year career to post four scores. The first coming in 2013 as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.

But Sunday’s performance was certainly the 29-year old wideout’s top performance in Detroit. Jones has never had more than two touchdowns in a single game since joining the Lions as a free agent back in 2016. The scope of his performance on Sunday is highlighted by the fact Jones recorded a total of five receiving touchdowns all of last year.

Unfortunately, Jones’ big day was soured by a terrible defensive effort by the Lions’ defensive unit. What was supposed to be a strength in Detroit under the defensive genius of second-year head coach Matt Patricia has looked like a weakness all season. And that fact was on perfect display in Week Seven.

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The Detroit Lions defense allowed Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins to throw for 337 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions on Sunday. Vikings running back Dalvin Cook also racked up 142 rushing yards and two scores while averaging 5.7 yards per carry. It was total offensive domination by Minnesota and it leaves the Lions scratching their heads about their team’s future.