Vikings Defense Plays Big Role in Win Over Lions

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) is sacked by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

The Minnesota Vikings defense was in Matthew Stafford’s kitchen all day long. The Vikings had a franchise record 10 sacks and it was one of the reasons why they won 24-9 at home against the Lions.

Latavius Murray scored on a 1-yard touchdown run for the Minnesota Vikings in the first-quarter. He finished with 31 yards rushing on 10 carries and a score. Murray also caught one pass for 16 yards receiving.

Dalvin Cook was the Vikings leading rusher with 89 yards rushing on 10 carries.

With Minnesota leading 7-6 in the second-quarter, Kirk Cousins threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen. Thielen only had four receptions for 22 yards receiving and a score. His eight straight games of having 100 yards or more was snapped. Thielen also rushed for five yards on one carry.

Cousins completed 18-of-22 passes for 164 yards one touchdown and one interception. He also eushed for three yards on two carries.

Laquon Treadwell was Minnesota’s leading receiver with two receptions for 37 yards receiving.

With the Vikings leading 17-6 in the fourth-quarter, Danielle Hunter recovered a fumble and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown.

Matthew Stafford completed 25-of-36 passes for 199 yards. He also rushed for 11 yards on five carries. Kerryon Johnson was the Lions leading rusher with 37 yards on 12 carries. He also caught three passes for seven yards receiving.

Marvin Jones was Detroit’s leading receiver with six receptions for 66 yards receiving.

The Detroit Lions (3-5) will be on the road against the Chicago Bears (5-3) next week. The Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) will be on a bye next week. They will then be on the road against the Chicago Bears (5-3) for Week 11.




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