The Vikings have a banged-up secondary. The Lions have a banged-up backfield.
And so the Lions are throwing. And they’re winning.
It’s 21-7 through one quarter.
Matthew Stafford has completed nine of 11 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew and receiver Titus Young, two of the players who picked up boneheaded penalties last week, have touchdown receptions.
Meanwhile, Detroit’s running game has generated one yard on one carry.
The Lions started the scoring by recovering a Christian Ponder fumble in the end zone. Ponder also has thrown an interception.
The game would be a shutout but for a Ponder touchdown pass to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.
The 7-5 Lions are trying to enhance their shot at the postseason. The 2-10 Vikings hope to avoid the worst record in team history.