Did anyone design a Lions diversion to do anything yet boil down to a wire?
Following their season-long script, Detroit put their constant fan bottom by a ringer before notching a crafty 16-13 victory triggered by a Darius Slay interception that set adult Matt Prater’s game-winning, 40-yard margin idea as time expired.
Slay’s collect of Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford came with a diversion tied during 13-13 and Minnesota pushing for a intensity tilt-sealing score. Detroit’s ball-hawking cornerback jumped a track on a pass dictated for wideout Adam Thielen and barreled 13 yards to a Vikings’ 20 with 30 seconds left on a clock.
The win over Minnesota (6-5) gives Detroit (7-4) solitary possession of a NFC North and outlines a 11th true Lions diversion motionless by 7 or fewer points.
Here’s what else we schooled from Thursday’s defensive-minded local showdown:
1. The Lions looked prepared to feast after needlework together a 12-play, 75-yard opening impetus that ate scarcely 8 mins off a clock. The offense went still from there until Detroit punched in dual margin goals over a final three-plus minutes. Lions passer Matthew Stafford was justly vibrated to watch Andre Roberts dump a would-be touchdown pass in Vikings domain only before a half. Stafford spent many of a diversion undone as Minnesota’s third-ranked flitting invulnerability hold him to 232 yards during 5.8 yards per chuck with one touchdown. Wideouts Golden Tate (5/77) and Anquan Boldin (7/69) led a way, yet Stafford’s offense fizzled adult for prolonged stretches opposite a Vikings section that notched dual sacks and 8 quarterback hits while holding a Lions to 24 yards in a second half before those dual final Detroit scoring drives.
2. The Vikings are stranded with a smoke-and-mirrors offense that can’t run a round and lacks a downfield component when wideout Stefon Diggs is out of a lineup as he was on Thursday. Quarterback Sam Bradford played good before his final interception, putting on a short-game flitting hospital to finish 31 of 37 for 224 yards with a pick. Bradford delivered one execution after a subsequent behind a smashed line that mislaid core Joe Berger and tackle Jeremiah Sirles. The offense didn’t modify a third down until scarcely 42 mins into a contest, yet those troubles come as no good surprise. This is what a injury-riddled Vikings are in 2016.
3. One of a game’s many pivotal sequences came on Minnesota’s initial possession. Bradford strike his opening 5 passes and marched a group low into Lions domain before losing a round on a abrasive frame pouch by Detroit’s Ziggy Ansah. Game officials topsy-turvy a call, yet Bradford encountered disaster on a following play, examination his throw to Laquon Treadwell rebound off a rookie’s hands into a arms of Glover Quin. The Lions reserve ran it behind 71 yards, yet a play was erased by a controversial pass multiplication call on Slay. The Vikings scored a touchdown dual plays after to tie a diversion during 7-7.
4. Fans can conclude both teams going for it on fourth down in a initial half. The Vikings unsuccessful on their try on fourth-and-2 during a Detroit 41 as Bradford threw deficient to Thielen. On a subsequent series, Lions using behind Zach Zenner was pressed on fourth-and-1 during a Minnesota 49. With a multiplication lead on a line, both coaches merit credit for rolling a dice.
5. The Vikings entered Thursday averaging a measly 2.7 yards per rush, on gait for a lowest yards per lift in NFL history. They couldn’t get anything going in a initial half, yet effectively sleepy out Detroit in a third entertain with a 22-yard retreat by Cordarrelle Patterson, a smattering of Wildcat runs by Jerick McKinnon and only adequate from low-wattage curtain Matt Asiata. The team’s 82 yards on a belligerent are their many given Week 7, that tells we copiousness about a toxic state of this run attack.
6. What’s next? The doubtful Lions possess a multiplication for now after unconditional Minnesota. The North still promises to breeze down to a final weeks of a season, though, with a Vikings set to face a Cowboys, Jaguars, Colts, Packers and Bears. The Lions control their possess destiny with remaining tilts opposite a Saints, Bears, Giants, Dallas and Green Bay.