The Detroit Lions shined on defense against the Minnesota Vikings with eight sacks and improved to 4-2 with a commanding 17-3 victory.
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The Detroit Lions improved to 4-2 in a dominant defensive performance as they beat the Minnesota Vikings, 17-3.
The Vikings were unable to muster any sort of offense until kicker Blair Walsh drilled a 40-yard field goal. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater fell back to Earth as he threw for 188 yards and three interceptions.
Running back Jerick McKinnon was held to 40 rushing yards on 14 carries, but wide receiver Jarius Wright ran for 21 yards on his sole carry of the game. McKinnon also led the Vikings in receiving with 42 yards on six catches.
For the Lions, quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 188 yards and a touchdown pass on 19-of-33 passing, and running back Joique Bell looked solid in his return as he ran for 74 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
Running back Theo Riddick caught five passes for 75 yards and a touchdown, and wide receiver Golden Tate added seven receptions for 44 yards. Although the offense sputtered, they were able to do reasonably well without wide receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Reggie Bush.
The Lions defense was fantastic as they held the Vikings to three points, and their pass rush was more fierce than ever as it came up with eight sacks.
Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah led the defense with 2.5 sacks while defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh added another two.