Updated: Oct 26, 2019
After the debacle in Week 6, overcoming the Vikings was a task too tall for the Detroit Lions in Week 7.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) celebrates his touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Sunday, October 20, 2019 (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
After a controversial defeat Monday Night, the Detroit Lions hosted the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7. Detroit wrestled with the Vikings through the 1st half matching their offensive onslaught with a counter that had the game scoreboard read 21-21 at halftime. The game took a crucial turn when the Lions were unable to stop the Vikings on 3rd down in the 1st drive on the 3rd quarter. A Stefon Diggs drag route pushed the Vikings up near the 50 yard line, siphoning the life out of Ford Field in an instance. This was the drive that gave Minnesota the 28-21 lead. A lead that never dwindled for the remaining 25 minutes of the game.
Detroit's Marvin Harris can't hang onto this end zone pass for an incompletion in the second quarter against Minnesota. (Photo: Daniel Mears, Detroit News)
LIONS LET DOWN
HB Kerriyon Johnson & Darius Slay left Week 7’s game during the 1st half of play with injuries. De’Shawn Hand was inactive, and the Lions offense seemed to sputter during the 2nd half. After the Lions shortened the deficit to 24-28 with around 12 minutes left, they failed to convert on 4th down after an ill-advised side arm throw from QB Matt Stafford fell incomplete. Currently sitting at 2-3-1 I'm not sure if a playoff berth is possible for the Detroit Lions. Next week they'll host the New York Giants. Though the Giants aren't a powerhouse, they are a motivated franchise that could dagger the downward spiraling season the Lions are having.
Vikings NFC North Aspirations
The Minnesota Vikings sit just one game behind the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North. Despite losing to both the Packers and Bears on the road early in the season, knowing that all of their remaining NFC North divisional games will be played at home has to be morale boosting. WR Adam Thielen injured his hamstring Sunday but his recovery is expected to be quick. The Lions tried to match the offensive fire power of the Vikings but ran out of fuel Sunday. When the Vikings play balanced they are much to deal with. It's only when they get pass heavy that they let the game slip away.
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