The 10-2 Minnesota Vikings were unable to come out victorious against the 5-7 Detroit Lions. In a game where there was next to no defense, the Lions won 34-23.
The Vikings were able to get a stop on their first defensive drive but they did not do much stopping for the rest of the game, as the Lions finished with 464 total yards. The defense was a non-factor as they were not able to get a sack on Jared Goff all game.
Jameson Williams, aka the draft pick that the Vikings traded to the Lions, got the Lions on the board first with a 41-yard bomb from Jared Goff. The Vikings responded with a touchdown drive of their own which was capped off by a one-yard TD run by Dalvin Cook.
There were four drives without any points before the Lions only needed one play to score a TD. It was another long bomb from Goff, but this time it went to D.J. Chark for the TD.
The Vikings had a long drive going before Dalvin Cook fumbled near the goal line on what looked like was going to be an attempted jump pass to Johnny Mundt in the endzone. The Lions missed a field goal and the Vikings were not able to capitalize before the end of the first half.
The second half was packed with scoring as there were only two drives that did not produce any points. The first drive of the second half for the Lions ended in a short touchdown pass from Goff to Josh Reynolds.
The Vikings responded with a touchdown drive which was finished with a long pass from Cousins to Adam Thielen. They tried going back to Thielen for a two-point conversion but it was unsuccessful.
The Lions continued their dominance of the Vikings’ defense with another touchdown drive that was capped off by a 15-yard TD run by Justin Jackson.
Both teams scored field goals on their next drives before the Vikings scored another touchdown to make it 23-31. This touchdown was a pass from Cousins to K.J. Osborn.
The Lions had to settle for a field goal on their next drive to make it 34-23. The Vikings did not have enough time to mount an 11-point comeback and T.J. Hockenson ended up fumbling the ball on what would be the final play of the game.