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Dominant defense leads Lions to 14-7 victory over Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) With Detroit defending a seven-point lead and third-and-goal from the 3, Anthony Zettel zoomed unblocked into Minnesota's backfield to sack Case Keenum with 2:19 remaining in the game.

The protection plan went awry for the Vikings on that particular play. Their problems against the Lions persisted all afternoon.

Zettel led a ferocious performance by Detroit's defense with two sacks, four hurries and a fumble recovery, as the Lions forced three turnovers while holding Minnesota scoreless in the second half on the way to a 14-7 victory over the Vikings on Sunday.

''We're just tough. We're gritty. We get after it,'' Zettel said. ''This year, everybody's pulling the right direction.''

The Lions turned two fumbles lost by the Vikings in the third quarter into 11 points, taking the lead on Ameer Abdullah's 1-yard touchdown run five plays after rookie Dalvin Cook fumbled at the Minnesota 29.

The Vikings (2-2) lost more than just possession. Cook limped off with an injury to his left knee , and the Vikings were bracing for a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a promising rookie season cut painfully short.

Tahir Whitehead recovered that fumble for the Lions, plus one by Adam Thielen with 1:43 left forced by Glover Quin at the Detroit 45 that ended the last-chance drive for the Vikings.

The Lions (3-1) lead the NFL in turnover margin, at plus-9. They've forced 11 turnovers, a full-schedule pace for 44. They had only 14 takeaways all of last season.

''They're really helping us win games,'' quarterback Matthew Stafford said.

Case Keenum started in place of the injured Sam Bradford at quarterback for the Vikings for the third straight game, going 16 for 30 for 219 yards. He took the blame for Zettel's red zone sack, with a pre-snap decision to change the protection assignments and send right tackle Mike Remmers left on a double team with right guard Joe Berger.

Keenum then didn't make the right read against the rush, going down for an 11-yard loss on Zettel's team-leading fourth sack of the season.

''I got fooled,'' Keenum said. ''That's a huge play in the game, obviously, and that's one I want back.''

Keenum's fourth down heave into the end zone sailed over Thielen's head. The Vikings had only 120 yards in the second half.

Matt Prater's second field goal of the game was made possible by a botched play that started with a direct snap to running back Jerick McKinnon, who faked an inside handoff to Cook and tried to take off on an option play before fumbling.

ALMOST THERE

Abdullah came close to ending a four-year stretch by the Lions without a 100-yard rusher, finishing with 94 yards on 20 carries before leaving the game with an injury to his right foot. Coach Jim Caldwell said Abdullah could have returned to action.

''It's a marathon, not a race. I just want solid outputs every game,'' Abdullah said.

THE OTHER `D'

Stafford was sacked six times for 55 yards, but he dodged the turnover trouble that dogged the Vikings and completed 19 of 31 passes for 209 yards plus the key 2-point conversion to T.J. Jones to give the Lions a seven-point lead.

As dominant as their defense was, they still made some costly mistakes. Xavier Rhodes, Anthony Barr and Trae Waynes each had their hands on passes by Stafford that could've realistically been intercepted.

On the last play of the first quarter, Stafford found Marvin Jones open in a hole in the zone coverage for a leaping 38-yard completion on third-and-17 that set up the first kick by Prater.

''The defense played their hearts out today. We didn't tackle in some certain situations as well as I would've liked, but they had their backs to the wall after those first two turnovers,'' said Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who fell to 2-5 in against the Lions, who have won nine of the past 14 meetings with their NFC North rival.

FORBATH'S FIRST

Kai Forbath's streak of 21 straight made field goals since joining the Vikings for the final seven games of last season ended with a bonk off the right goalpost at a critical time, in the final minute of the third quarter.

Prater's 59-yard field goal on the final play of the first half fell short for his first miss of the season. Prater has four makes from 50-plus yards this season.

LINEBACKERS DOWN

Lions rookie middle linebacker Jarrad Davis, the team's leading tackler through two games, sat out for the second straight time. He's recovering from a concussion, and he had a neck injury added on Friday.

Another starter, outside linebacker Paul Worrilow, limped off with a left knee injury on the defense's first play. Nick Bellore and Steve Longa filled in. Whitehead left briefly with an injury, too, but he quickly returned.

UP NEXT

The Lions host Carolina next Sunday, before traveling to New Orleans for a game on Oct. 15 that precedes their bye week.

The Vikings play at Chicago on Oct. 9, their second Monday night game in the first five weeks. They return home to host Green Bay on Oct. 15.

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Key Players
A. Abdullah 21 RB
94 RuYds, RuTD, 15 ReYds, 3 RECs
16
FPTS
D. Cook 33 RB
66 RuYds, RuTD, 8 ReYds, REC
10
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Two Point Conversion 8:00
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. M.Stafford pass to T.Jones is complete. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 8:00
A.Abdullah up the middle to MIN 1 for 2 yards (X.Rhodes). Detroit challenged the runner was not down by contact ruling, and the play was REVERSED. A.Abdullah up the middle for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
29
yds
2:25
pos
12
7
Field Goal 10:41
M.Prater 37 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-J.Locke.
8
plays
29
yds
3:37
pos
6
7
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:07
(Kick formation) K.Forbath extra point is GOOD, Center-K.McDermott, Holder-R.Quigley.
plays
yds
pos
3
7
Touchdown 1:07
D.Cook left guard for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
81
yds
4:33
pos
3
6
Field Goal 10:47
M.Prater 29 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-J.Locke.
15
plays
82
yds
8:02
pos
3
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
Time of Pos 36:27 23:33
1st Downs 19 15
Rushing 5 4
Passing 14 9
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 3-13 3-10
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-1
Total Net Yards 251 284
Total Plays 68 54
Avg Gain 3.7 5.3
Net Yards Rushing 97 87
Rush Attempts 31 22
Avg Rush Yards 3.1 4.0
Net Yards Passing 154 197
Comp. - Att. 19-31 16-30
Yards Per Pass 5.0 6.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 6-55 2-22
Penalties - Yards 6-60 2-10
Touchdowns 1 1
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 3
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 3-3
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 7-46.4 5-40.2
Return Yards 0 97
Punts - Returns 0-0 4-16
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 3-81
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 2/3 1/2
Extra Points 0/0 1/1
Field Goals 2/3 0/1
Red Zone Eff. 1-3 -33% 1-2 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 1-2 -50%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Lions 3-1 0311014
Vikings 2-2 07007
154 PASS YDS 197
97 RUSH YDS 87
251 TOTAL YDS 284
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Stafford 9 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.3% 209 0 0 81.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.8% 887 7 1 95.9
M. Stafford 19/31 209 0 0 10
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Abdullah 21 RB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 94 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
66 257 1
A. Abdullah 20 94 1 29 16
T. Riddick 25 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 23 0
T. Riddick 4 4 0 4 0
G. Tate 15 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 9 0
G. Tate 1 2 0 2 2
Z. Zenner 34 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 5 0
Z. Zenner 3 0 0 2 0
M. Stafford 9 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 53 0
M. Stafford 3 -3 0 -1 10
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Jones 11 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 130 2
M. Jones 5 2 42 0 38 4
D. Fells 87 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 40 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 51 0
D. Fells 5 4 40 0 10 4
T. Jones 13 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 33 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 128 0
T. Jones 5 3 33 0 16 5
G. Tate 15 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 29 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 219 1
G. Tate 5 3 29 0 12 2
E. Ebron 85 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 27 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 87 1
E. Ebron 4 2 27 0 15 2
M. Roberts 80 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 15 0
M. Roberts 1 1 15 0 15 1
A. Abdullah 21 RB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 65 0
A. Abdullah 4 3 15 0 8 16
T. Riddick 25 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 90 1
T. Riddick 2 1 8 0 8 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Whitehead 59 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-6 1 0.0
T. Whitehead 5-0 0.0 0 0
N. Lawson 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-0 0 0.0
N. Lawson 5-0 0.0 0 0
G. Quin 27 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-4 2 0.0
G. Quin 4-0 0.0 0 1
E. Ansah 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 3.0
E. Ansah 3-0 0.0 0 0
S. Longa 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
S. Longa 3-1 0.0 0 0
M. Killebrew 35 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-2 1 0.0
M. Killebrew 3-0 0.0 0 0
N. Bellore 43 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
N. Bellore 3-1 0.0 0 0
T. Wilson 32 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 1 0.0
T. Wilson 3-0 0.0 0 1
D. Hayden 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
D. Hayden 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Zettel 69 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 4.0
A. Zettel 2-1 2.0 0 0
G. Johnson 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
G. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Slay 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-2 2 0.0
D. Slay 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Reeves-Maybin 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Reeves-Maybin 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Mihalik 72 T
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Mihalik 1-0 0.0 0 0
Ch. Washington 45 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
Ch. Washington 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Abbrederis 10 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Abbrederis 1-0 0.0 0 0
Q. Diggs 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
Q. Diggs 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Robinson 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
A. Robinson 1-1 0.0 0 0
Z. Zenner 34 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Z. Zenner 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Ledbetter 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
J. Ledbetter 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Prater 5 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 0/0
SEASON FG XP
8/9 7/7
M. Prater 2/3 37 0/0 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Locke 18 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 46.4 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
17 45.5 7
J. Locke 7 46.4 3 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Keenum 7 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.3% 219 0 0 76.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61% 755 3 0 94.4
C. Keenum 16/30 219 0 0 8
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Cook 33 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 66 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
74 354 2
D. Cook 13 66 1 10 10
L. Murray 25 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 38 0
L. Murray 7 21 0 5 2
J. McKinnon 21 RB
-2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 26 0
J. McKinnon 2 0 0 4 -2
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
S. Diggs 14 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 98 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 391 4
S. Diggs 7 5 98 0 33 9
A. Thielen 19 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 59 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 358 0
A. Thielen 8 5 59 0 24 3
K. Rudolph 82 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 34 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 109 1
K. Rudolph 4 2 34 0 19 3
B. Bell 81 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 12 0
B. Bell 1 1 12 0 12 1
L. Murray 25 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 8 0
L. Murray 2 2 8 0 6 2
D. Cook 33 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 90 0
D. Cook 3 1 8 0 8 10
D. Morgan 89 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
D. Morgan 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. McKinnon 21 RB
-2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 40 0
J. McKinnon 2 0 0 0 0 -2
L. Treadwell 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 42 0
L. Treadwell 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
L. Joseph 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-6 0 1.0
L. Joseph 6-3 1.0 0 0
A. Sendejo 34 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-12 1 0.0
A. Sendejo 5-6 0.0 0 0
E. Kendricks 54 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-12 0 1.0
E. Kendricks 4-1 1.0 0 0
X. Rhodes 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-4 0 0.0
X. Rhodes 4-0 0.0 0 0
T. Waynes 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-5 1 0.0
T. Waynes 4-1 0.0 0 0
A. Barr 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-8 0 0.0
A. Barr 4-2 0.0 0 0
H. Smith 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-7 1 0.0
H. Smith 3-3 0.0 0 0
D. Hunter 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-9 0 2.0
D. Hunter 3-2 2.0 0 0
E. Griffen 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-5 0 5.0
E. Griffen 3-2 1.0 0 0
T. Newman 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
T. Newman 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Johnson 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
T. Johnson 1-1 0.0 0 0
B. Robison 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
B. Robison 1-1 0.0 0 0
M. Remmers 72 T
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Remmers 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Cook 33 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Cook 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Alexander 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
M. Alexander 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. McKinnon 21 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. McKinnon 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Stephen 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-9 0 1.0
S. Stephen 0-1 0.0 0 0
B. Gedeon 42 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
B. Gedeon 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
K. Forbath 2 K
1
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
6/7 7/9
K. Forbath 0/1 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Quigley 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 40.2 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
16 42.1 7
R. Quigley 5 40.2 2 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. McKinnon 21 RB
-2
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 27.0 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 26.1 39 0
J. McKinnon 3 27.0 32 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Sherels 35 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 4.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 5.6 13 0
M. Sherels 4 4.0 8 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DET 25 3:36 6 14 Punt
8:47 DET 21 1:47 4 32 Punt
3:49 DET 8 8:02 15 82 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:13 DET 22 3:33 6 16 Punt
1:07 DET 25 1:07 6 34 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:18 MIN 47 3:37 8 29 FG
10:25 MIN 29 2:25 5 29 TD
7:05 DET 6 4:16 7 5 Punt
0:45 DET 29 3:38 5 12 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:38 DET 36 2:22 3 -4 Punt
2:12 DET 14 0:21 3 -5 Punt
1:43 50 1:43 3 -3 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:24 MIN 26 2:37 5 34 Punt
7:00 MIN 10 3:11 7 40 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:47 MIN 27 1:34 3 9 Punt
5:40 MIN 19 4:33 11 81 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIN 25 0:42 2 22 Fumble
10:41 MIN 18 0:16 1 10 Fumble
8:00 MIN 39 0:55 3 2 Punt
2:49 MIN 40 2:04 6 39 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:07 MIN 5 1:29 3 8 Punt
8:16 MIN 24 6:04 13 62 Downs
1:51 MIN 44 0:08 1 11 Fumble