The Minnesota Vikings took care of business at home, winning 24-9 against the Detroit Lions. This game went about as bad as it possibly could have for Matthew Stafford and the offense. Stafford was sacked a total of ten times today! I know, that seems like a typo and I wish it was but unfortunately, it is not.
The defense of the Detroit Lions today was actually impressive today for what it’s worth. Vikings receiver Adam Thielen was going for his NFL record, ninth straight game with 100-yards receiving today. The Lions were able to hold him to four catches for only 22-yards but he was able to sneak in a touchdown. The Lions were able to force a couple of turnovers, but it wasn’t enough to spark the team. Honestly, stopping Thielen might be the only positive take away from today’s game for Detroit. The only other positive would be Damon ”Snacks” Harrison. You can see he is clearly impacting the run defense when he is out there. Well worth the 5th round pick.
My main takeaway from today’s game is how the offense continues to struggle and nobody is doing anything about it. Today it seemed like Stafford’s longest pass was maybe twenty yards downfield. The Lions just couldn’t get in a good rhythm today. Now, it would have helped to have Golden Tate out there today, but this offense has struggled all season. The Lions have struggled in the red zone for multiple seasons now. Offensive coordinator, Jim Bob Cooter needs to change things up because this offense is too predictive. Honestly, I’m expecting Bob Quinn to make a coaching change at the offensive coordinator position. I’m not sure if that change will come now, in a few weeks, or in the offseason. But I find it hard to believe that Jim Bob Cooter will be a member of the Lions coaching staff by the time the offseason rolls around.
What could have been a pivotal division win, turned into an embarrassing performance for the Lions. I don’t know what’s going on with this team but today it seemed like they just had a lack of heart. Head coach Matt Patricia needs to reign in his team and get them ready for next week. The Lions will face another division opponent, the Bears next Sunday.
Mike’s fun fact of the day: The Detroit Lions, who were then the Portsmouth Spartans, played in the first NFL playoff game against the Bears. The game was played in 1932 at Chicago. The Bears won 9-0.
Until next time, One Pride