Detroit Lions put clamps on Minnesota Vikings, go 3-1
- Author: Julie Sanders Oct 02, 2017,
Oct 02, 2017, 8:55
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Lions coach Jim Caldwell on Zettel: "He is a high-motor guy who just never stops".
The Lions now stand 3-1 entering next Sunday's 1 p.m. home date with the Carolina Panthers at Ford Field. Recently, the Lions have done a great job against Minnesota, but the Vikings hoped to reverse that trend in Week 4. Winning one of those games would have gotten Minnesota into the playoffs. Minnesota didn't give up a ton of points and played well enough to win, but it needs to be better to win a divisional game against a team that Zimmer's struggled against since he got here. "That was one of the things we wanted to be certain we did, was find some cracks in the defense".
He launched his "Chef Cook" celebration, pretending to hold a large pot while teammates Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen pantomimed pouring ingredients in before Cook acted as if he were stirring them together.
The Lions trailed 16-13 with 23 seconds to play on November 6 at U.S. Bank Stadium before hustling to set up Matt Prater's overtime-forcing 58-yard field goal. "I feel like if we have a solid run game, we know what we have outside and we know what we got at quarterback".
Keenum's fourth-quarter miscue could be added to some second-quarter confusion in which he was a participant. After the teams traded four punts, the Lions drove 82 yards on 15 plays to set up the score. "I thought we moved the ball really well".
Keenum said it was actually a problem with the communication device in his helmet that enables a coach to relay the play to him. Over that 10-game span, he's tied with Prater and Jason Myers of Jaguars for most makes in league.
NOTES: Detroit rookie LB Jarrad Davis missed his second straight game because of a concussion and neck injury. Danielle Hunter led a sack attack that got to Stafford five times, as he racked up two of his own. Matthew Stafford's throw to TJ Jones for a two-point conversion put the Lions up 14-7, and the margin stayed there at the end of the third quarter, when Kai Forbath's 39-yard field-goal attempt hit the right upright. Linebacker Eric Kendricks also had two sacks, and defensive end Everson Griffen and defensive tackle Linval Joseph each had one.