Turnover-causing Lions carve out 14-7 feat over Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The temperament of these Detroit Lions has been certainly fake by a air, on a strength of Matthew Stafford’s right arm and all his fourth-quarter rallies.

The Lions certain enacted a opposite regulation to finish a initial entertain of their report tied for initial place in a NFC North.

They left Minnesota behind with a defining, few-frills opening that looked a lot like a one a multiplication opposition Vikings have been used to relying on.

Anthony Zettel led a inhuman opening by Detroit’s invulnerability with dual sacks, 4 quarterback hits and a fail recovery, as a Lions forced 3 turnovers while holding Minnesota scoreless in a second half on a approach to a 14-7 feat over a Vikings on Sunday.

”Being on this defense, I’m unequivocally blessed,” Zettel said. ”Every man in this locker room is pulling a same direction. We unequivocally truly caring about one another, and it translates to a field. You can see how we play. Everybody’s got any other’s back.”

The Lions (3-1) incited dual fumbles mislaid by a Vikings in a third entertain into 11 points, holding a lead on Ameer Abdullah’s 1-yard touchdown run 5 plays after rookie Dalvin Cook fumbled during a Minnesota 29 as his left knee buckled underneath him during a cut left bad.

The Vikings (2-2) were endangered that Cook tore his maiden cruciate vinculum , that would sideline him for a rest of a season.

The Vikings were already though quarterback Sam Bradford for a third true diversion given of a bruise left knee, and a scars from final year’s incriminating injuries starting with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s left knee dislocation have not utterly faded.

”Unfortunately, I’m removing used to it,” manager Mike Zimmer said.

The Lions managed to make a playoffs final season, notwithstanding forcing usually 14 turnovers over 16 games. This year, by 4 games, they already have 11 takeaways. Keeping that gait will be tough, of course, though so was perplexing to score, for a Vikings.

Running behind Jerick McKinnon took a approach snap and calculated an inside handoff to Cook early in a third entertain before fumbling as he started a review choice play .

Zettel recovered that one. Tahir Whitehead cumulative a other two, forced by Tavon Wilson and Glover Quin . Detroit leads a NFL in turnover domain during plus-9.

Here are some other pivotal developments from a game:


Zettel, who was drafted in a sixth turn out of Penn State final year, had a initial two-sack diversion of his career and leads a Lions this deteriorate with 4 sacks.

”I usually wish to keep stacking a blocks and build this defense,” Zettel said.

His pass-rushing bravery during left finish has emerged as a profitable element to Ziggy Ansah, who has 3 sacks, on a right side.

”I adore a approach he plays, and given of a kind of bid he gives play after play after play, he’s always around a ball. If it’s hold prolonged enough, and a coverage is good to keep them holding a round for a while, one of those guys is going to get him,” manager Jim Caldwell said. ”They know where Ziggy is, though we consider they’ll have to start looking for Zettel more, too.”


Cook, who entered a diversion second in a joining in rushing, had 13 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown before he was hurt. He has 354 yards, a many to start a career with a Vikings by 4 games given Adrian Peterson (383) in 2007.

”Worried,” defensive finish Everson Griffen said. ”He started off strong. He is an glorious using back. we urge for him, that all comes out negative. we usually wish he bounces back.”


For a 10th time in 52 regular-season games underneath Zimmer, a Vikings posted five-plus sacks. They gave adult usually one touchdown and singular a Lions to 251 yards. Still, there were copiousness of missed opportunities to lament.

Xavier Rhodes, Anthony Barr and Trae Waynes all pennyless adult passes that could’ve practically been intercepted, with a try by Waynes entrance a play before Abdullah scored.

”Obviously we wish to locate a football when we get a chance. Stafford’s an glorious quarterback, and he’s not unequivocally going to chuck them to us,” Zimmer said.

”I suspicion a invulnerability played their hearts out today. We didn’t tackle in some certain situations as good as we would’ve liked, though they had their backs to a wall after those initial dual turnovers, and we suspicion they fought.”


An damage to Abdullah’s right feet kept a Lions from interlude a indeterminate streak. Abdullah carried a round 20 times for 94 yards, so a Lions have now left 56 true regular-season games though producing a 100-yard rusher.

He was privileged to lapse to action, though a Lions shifted plan late in a diversion and kept him on a sideline.

”I wish it each week, though it’s a prolonged season,” Abdullah said, when asked about a fugitive 100-yard work. ”I usually wish plain outputs each game.”

The final actor to strech triple digits was Reggie Bush, who rushed for 117 yards opposite Green Bay on Nov. 28, 2013. Abdullah, for his part, pronounced he was some-more endangered about a singular prolongation by a whole offense.

”We usually had 14 points,” Abdullah said. ”That’s not going to kick a lot of teams.”

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