By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN
Lions 14 – Vikings 7
Quarterback Matthew Stafford’s 100th consecutive start was at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota to take on division rival Vikings. The road historically hasn’t been great for the Lions, and the Vikings were coming off of a big Week 3 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
To win, the Lions would have to slow down rookie running back Dalvin Cook and stop wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination, especially after the team got late word that rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis was going to be out due to a concussion.
Despite the tall order the Lions stood firm. Going into the game it was thought that it was going to be an offensive show down. However it turned into a defensive struggle and the Lions were able to shut down the high powered Vikings offense. The Vikings had three turn overs, including one that sealed the win for the Lions thanks to safety Glover Quin batting the ball out of wide receiver Adam Thielen‘s hands.
King Of The Pride: There are usually many contenders for King Of The Pride; however since I usually bash the Lions run game, we’re going to go with running back Ameer Abdullah. The Lions haven’t had a 100 yard rusher in forever, but this week Abdullah had a great game and came close. He had 94 yards rushing and scored one touchdown.
Sadly, he tweaked his ankle in the fourth quartert and ended up sitting out for the remainder of the game. I’m really thinking that there may be a curse in play with this whole 100 yard thing. But that’s another story for another day. Honorable Mention goes to defensive tackle Anthony Zettel who was able to sack quarterback Case Keenum twice. The last sack stopped a potential game tying drive in the 4th quarter.
Not King Of The Pride: The offensive line that allowed Stafford to be sacked six times. He’s a tough QB, but we need him to be on his feet to be effective. Left tackle Greg Robinson was able to tighten up his play some, and center Travis Swanson was back from injury, so those were positives. But as a unit, they need to play better.
Up Next: The Lions welcome the Carolina Panthers to Ford Field. After a slow start to the season, the Panthers just beat the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. I think we’re in for a good game next week!!
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