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Vikings hang 10 sacks on Stafford in 24-9 win vs. Lions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) �� The Minnesota Vikings turned their defensive line loose on Matthew Stafford in a dominant performance that would have made the old Purple People Eaters proud.

This unstoppable pass rush was led, predictably, by Danielle Hunter.

Hunter had 3 1/2 of Minnesota's franchise-record 10 sacks plus a fourth-quarter fumble return for a touchdown , tormenting Stafford and the Detroit Lions all afternoon in a 24-9 victory by the Vikings on Sunday.

"We knew he liked to throw the ball down the field, so that's something that really helped us a lot because he held on to the ball," said Hunter, who moved into the NFL lead with 11 1/2 sacks for the season. "So as long as we executed the rush plan, we knew we'd be able to get back there."

Hunter also was credited with nine tackles and four quarterback hits. The Vikings (5-3-1) limited the Lions (3-5) to a season-low 214 total yards, and their pressure on Stafford was so intense he literally had pieces of rubber pellets from the artificial turf flushed out of his left eye in the second quarter. The Lions had a streak of 25 consecutive games with at least 14 points come to a crashing halt.

"The fault is on everybody," said Stafford, who was sacked a total of 13 times over the first seven games. "I have to get the ball out faster."

After Dalvin Cook dropped a pitch from Kirk Cousins and A'Shawn Robinson recovered at the Detroit 28 with Minnesota leading 17-6, the Lions converted a fake punt to keep that drive alive. Two plays later, Stafford ran right on the short side of the field and tried an option-style flip that Kerryon Johnson was unable to secure, and Hunter scooped it up on his way to the easy score.

"I don't know why he pitched it. He could've just run," Hunter said. "I thought it was a pass all the way, but I guess he didn't want to get hit or something."

That happened a lot, including a total of three times in the second quarter on two separate possessions inside the Minnesota 20 that forced the Lions to settle for field goals by Matt Prater.

After a throw by Cousins to Adam Thielen near midfield was intercepted by Darius Slay, the Lions made it as far as the 12-yard line. Hunter sacked Stafford on consecutive snaps, sharing the first one with Everson Griffen.

"He's a freak of nature. He looks like a superhero," Griffen said of the fourth-year defensive end. "I expected that from him."

Nine of the 10 sacks by the Vikings came from their front four, including 2 1/2 by backup defensive tackle Tom Johnson. During the heyday of the Purple People Eaters, the Vikings had nine sacks in a game in 1968, 1969 and 1970. They also did it in 1993. But this was the record-setter, thanks to a well-timed mix of blitzes called by coach Mike Zimmer and the relentless rush by Hunter and his friends up front.

"We know if we give them time, they'll get there," safety Harrison Smith said. "It's fun to be a part of."

HE'S COOKIN'

With one burst through a big hole in the left side of the line , Cook made clear he's healthy again with a 70-yard gain in the second quarter to set up a short touchdown catch by Thielen. According to the NFL's NextGen Stats tracker, he averaged 22.07 mph during that run for the fastest in the league this season. The Lions have allowed a rush of 50-plus yards in four different games this year.

NOT THIELEN IT

Thielen's streak of 100-yard receiving games ended at eight in a row, leaving him in a tie for the record with Lions legend Calvin Johnson. The Lions double-covered him often, taking advantage of the absence of fellow standout Stefon Diggs to rib injury, and Thielen finished with only four receptions for 22 yards.

STACKS OF SACKS

The previous high sack total for Stafford in his career was seven, against the Vikings in 2015. He has been sacked five times or more on 15 different occasions, six of those by the Vikings. The Lions are 3-12 in those games.

"It's a big shot to our pride," left guard Frank Ragnow said.

UH-OH

The opening kickoff was ominous for the Lions when Prater slipped after his leg swing, an unintentional squib the Vikings returned to their 35. Practice squad promotion Chad Beebe caught back-to-back passes on the first drive of his NFL debut. The second one netted 13 yards on fourth-and-2 from the Detroit 37. Latavius Murray finished the march with a 1-yard touchdown run.

INJURY REPORT

Lions: DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) returned from a six-game absence with had a sack in the closing seconds of the second quarter that forced the Vikings to settle for a field goal. ... LT Taylor Decker left in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury but later returned.

Vikings: LB Anthony Barr (hamstring) and LG Tom Compton (knee) were held out for the second straight game, and SS Andrew Sendejo (groin) missed his fourth straight contest. ... Backup TE David Morgan hobbled off in the third quarter with a left knee injury.

UP NEXT

Lions: Play at Chicago next Sunday.

Vikings: Play at Chicago on Nov. 18, after the bye.

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Key Players
M. Stafford 9 QB
199 PaYds, 6 RuYds
5
FPTS
K. Cousins 8 QB
164 PaYds, PaTD, INT, 3 RuYds
8
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:13
M.Prater 37 yard field goal is GOOD Center-D.Muhlbach Holder-S.Martin.
17
plays
69
yds
5:46
pos
9
24
Point After TD 6:57
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile. MIN-M.Remmers was injured during the play. PENALTY on DET-D.Harrison Unnecessary Roughness 15 yards enforced between downs.
plays
yds
pos
6
24
Touchdown 7:11
M.Stafford FUMBLES (Aborted) at DET 37 RECOVERED by MIN-D.Hunter at DET 32. D.Hunter for 32 yards TOUCHDOWN.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
6
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:08
D.Bailey 39 yard field goal is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
5
plays
31
yds
00:35
pos
6
17
Point After TD 3:20
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
6
14
Touchdown 3:20
K.Cousins pass short right to A.Thielen for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
3
plays
75
yds
1:25
pos
6
13
Field Goal 4:48
M.Prater 35 yard field goal is GOOD Center-D.Muhlbach Holder-S.Martin.
10
plays
28
yds
5:44
pos
6
7
Field Goal 13:20
M.Prater 35 yard field goal is GOOD Center-D.Muhlbach Holder-S.Martin.
14
plays
48
yds
8:16
pos
3
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:53
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 9:59
L.Murray left guard for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
65
yds
5:07
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 36:45 23:15
1st Downs 18 17
Rushing 4 3
Passing 13 10
Penalty 1 4
3rd Down Conv 4-15 3-8
4th Down Conv 3-3 1-1
Total Net Yards 214 283
Total Plays 70 46
Avg Gain 3.1 6.2
Net Yards Rushing 71 128
Rush Attempts 24 23
Avg Rush Yards 3.0 5.6
Net Yards Passing 143 155
Comp. - Att. 25-36 18-22
Yards Per Pass 4.0 7.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 10-56 1-9
Penalties - Yards 8-66 3-15
Touchdowns 0 3
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 0 1
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 5-39.6 4-40.8
Return Yards 58 39
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-24
Kickoffs - Returns 3-58 1-15
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 3/3 4/4
Extra Points 0/0 3/3
Field Goals 3/3 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 0-3 -0% 2-3 -67%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-1 -0% 2-2 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Lions 3-5 06039
Vikings 5-3-1 7100724
143 PASS YDS 155
71 RUSH YDS 128
214 TOTAL YDS 283
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Stafford 9 QB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.4% 199 0 0 83.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.8% 2111 14 6 96.5
M. Stafford 25/36 199 0 0 5
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Johnson 33 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 37 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
89 503 1
K. Johnson 12 37 0 6 3
K. Golladay 19 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
K. Golladay 1 8 0 8 4
L. Blount 29 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
65 178 3
L. Blount 5 8 0 7 0
T. Wilson 32 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
T. Wilson 1 7 0 7 0
M. Stafford 9 QB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 49 0
M. Stafford 5 6 0 8 5
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Jones 11 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 6 66 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 32 453 5
M. Jones 8 6 66 0 18 6
K. Golladay 19 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 46 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 523 3
K. Golladay 4 3 46 0 18 4
T. Riddick 25 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 7 36 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 174 0
T. Riddick 8 7 36 0 12 3
L. Willson 82 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 75 0
L. Willson 2 2 17 0 12 1
T. Jones 13 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 49 0
T. Jones 2 2 13 0 8 1
M. Roberts 80 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 75 3
M. Roberts 4 1 12 0 12 1
K. Johnson 33 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 165 0
K. Johnson 5 3 7 0 11 3
L. Blount 29 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 2 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 39 0
L. Blount 1 1 2 0 2 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
G. Quin 27 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-11 0 0.0
G. Quin 4-0 0.0 0 0
D. Harrison 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-18 0 1.0
D. Harrison 4-2 0.0 0 0
D. Kennard 42 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-8 0 5.0
D. Kennard 4-1 0.0 0 0
Q. Diggs 28 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-9 1 0.0
Q. Diggs 3-1 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-10 0 1.0
C. Jones 3-3 0.0 0 0
A. Robinson 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-7 0 0.0
A. Robinson 3-0 0.0 0 0
D. Slay 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-0 2 0.0
D. Slay 3-0 0.0 1 0
T. Tabor 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-4 0 0.0
T. Tabor 3-0 0.0 0 0
T. Wilson 32 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-5 0 0.0
T. Wilson 2-0 0.0 0 0
R. Jean Francois 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-5 0 2.0
R. Jean Francois 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Okwara 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-7 0 5.0
R. Okwara 1-4 0.0 0 0
D. Shead 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
D. Shead 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Hand 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-5 0 2.0
D. Hand 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Jones 17 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Jones 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Davis 40 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-14 0 3.0
J. Davis 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Ansah 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 2.0
E. Ansah 1-0 1.0 0 0
N. Lawson 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-3 0 0.0
N. Lawson 1-1 0.0 0 0
M. Killebrew 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
M. Killebrew 0-1 0.0 0 0
T. Bates 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
T. Bates 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Prater 5 K
9
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 0/0
SEASON FG XP
16/19 18/18
M. Prater 3/3 37 0/0 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Martin 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 44.4 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
29 45.4 12
S. Martin 5 44.4 1 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Powell 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 21.5 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 21.5 27 0
B. Powell 2 21.5 27 0
L. Willson 82 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
L. Willson 1 15.0 15 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
K. Cousins 8 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
81.8% 164 1 1 93.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.3% 2685 17 5 102.2
K. Cousins 18/22 164 1 1 8
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Cook 33 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 89 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 187 0
D. Cook 10 89 0 70 10
L. Murray 25 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 31 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
92 417 5
L. Murray 10 31 1 9 10
A. Thielen 19 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 20 0
A. Thielen 1 5 0 5 8
K. Cousins 8 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 81 1
K. Cousins 2 3 0 3 8
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Treadwell 11 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 37 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 253 1
L. Treadwell 2 2 37 0 22 3
K. Rudolph 82 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 28 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 34 349 2
K. Rudolph 2 2 28 0 24 2
A. Thielen 19 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 22 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 78 947 7
A. Thielen 7 4 22 1 11 8
C. Beebe 12 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 21 0
C. Beebe 3 3 21 0 13 2
A. Robinson 17 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 115 3
A. Robinson 3 2 20 0 10 2
D. Cook 33 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 127 0
D. Cook 4 4 20 0 6 10
L. Murray 25 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 132 0
L. Murray 1 1 16 0 16 10
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
E. Kendricks 54 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-24 0 0.0
E. Kendricks 6-3 0.0 0 0
D. Hunter 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 3.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-13 0 11.5
D. Hunter 6-3 3.5 0 0
E. Wilson 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 0.0
E. Wilson 5-2 0.0 0 0
H. Smith 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-10 3 3.0
H. Smith 5-2 0.0 0 0
T. Johnson 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 2.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-3 0 2.5
T. Johnson 4-1 2.5 0 0
X. Rhodes 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-2 1 0.0
X. Rhodes 4-0 0.0 0 0
E. Griffen 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 2.5
E. Griffen 3-1 1.5 0 0
A. Harris 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-5 1 0.0
A. Harris 3-2 0.0 0 0
M. Alexander 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-4 0 3.0
M. Alexander 3-1 1.0 0 0
H. Hill 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-3 1 0.0
H. Hill 3-1 0.0 0 0
S. Weatherly 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-6 0 3.0
S. Weatherly 2-0 1.0 0 0
S. Richardson 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-16 0 1.5
S. Richardson 1-2 0.5 0 0
K. Brothers 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
K. Brothers 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Rudolph 82 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Rudolph 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Waynes 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-6 1 0.0
T. Waynes 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Kearse 27 SAF
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-4 0 0.0
J. Kearse 1-0 0.0 0 0
G. Iloka 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-2 0 0.0
G. Iloka 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Downs 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Downs 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Isidora 63 G
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Isidora 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Ham 30 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
C. Ham 0-1 0.0 0 0
L. Joseph 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-11 0 1.0
L. Joseph 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Bailey 5 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
12/15 16/17
D. Bailey 1/1 39 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Wile 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 40.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
40 44.5 18
M. Wile 4 40.8 3 45
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Zylstra 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
B. Zylstra 1 15.0 15 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Sherels 35 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 24.0 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 9.0 24 0
M. Sherels 1 24.0 24 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:53 DET 25 1:59 5 16 Punt
6:32 DET 35 8:16 14 48 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:29 MIN 44 5:44 10 28 FG
3:20 DET 18 2:41 6 19 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DET 25 2:02 3 -2 Punt
7:42 DET 3 2:39 5 14 Punt
3:32 DET 14 3:32 5 13 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:13 DET 28 3:16 6 4 Fumble
6:57 DET 12 5:46 17 69 FG
0:46 DET 1 0:46 2 0 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIN 35 5:07 9 65 TD
7:54 MIN 18 1:22 3 7 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:16 MIN 25 2:47 5 24 INT
4:45 MIN 25 1:25 3 75 TD
0:39 MIN 48 0:35 5 31 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:58 MIN 29 5:16 8 28 Punt
5:03 MIN 41 1:31 3 7 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIN 21 4:47 8 51 Fumble
1:11 DET 49 0:25 3 3 Punt