Vikings hang on to beat the Lions, for their seventh straight win

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For all the talk about quarterback Case Keenum — and there should be plenty — the Vikings won this one they way they anticipated.

In the end, it was the defense making plays when needed, as they hung on for a 30-23 win over the Lions.

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes intercepted Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford to seal the game, after the Vikings let the Lions hang around far too long.

They led 27-10 after the first possession of the second half, but Stafford kept them in the game, despite getting his right ankle rolled and re-taped and stayed in the game late. But there was no comeback Thursday, with Rhodes making the play to allow them to kill enough time.

The win was the seventh straight for the Vikings (9-2), keeping them on pace for a top-two seed in the NFC playoffs. The NFC North is a foregone conclusion, as they’re three up on the Lions (6-5) with five to play.

Keenum was 21-of-30 for 282 yards and two touchdowns, and no one will be asking about his hold on the starting job (for a week anyway). Wide receiver Adam Thielen had eight catches for 89 yards, pushing him over 1,000 yards for the season.

90 responses to “Vikings hang on to beat the Lions, for their seventh straight win

  1. The blocked FG at the end nearly gave me a heart attack. Many questionable penalties but in the end the better team won. Detroit is never easy to play at Thanksgiving.

  2. spartanlegend says:
    November 22, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Yeah. Ok. Apparently all these geniuses with their Nostradamus like ability to see the future have already forgotten who won last time we played. The Vikings scare absolutely no one

    Vikings 30, Lions 23

    Scared yet, Spartan?

  3. The league needs to address the incompetent officiating, and I’m not just talking about today’s game.

  4. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 23, 2017 at 4:13 pm
    The Vikings didn’t beat the Lions, the Lions beat themselves.
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    Thanksgiving Dbag troll.

  5. minnesotablizzard says:
    November 23, 2017 at 4:08 pm
    Super Bowl, homeboy
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    It’s tough, but I’m sure the Vikings can find 53 Super Bowl tickets if they look hard enough.

  6. Helen Keller and Stevie Wonder must have been the back judge and line judge on the Diggs mugging. Pathetic. Glad the Vikes were able to overcome the game and refs.

  7. Then again this might be good for the Packers. We now have a chance to catch the Lions in the WC race this week.

  8. theyearofthecat1 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 1:29 pm
    I hear they are calling out to all available medics in the Detroit area on Thanksgiving Day to be in attendance at Ford Field, to handle all of the choking Vikings!
    ROAR ON!!!!!! #DetroitStrong
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    detroitsportsfan11 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 1:24 pm
    The Lions are going to win by at least three scores on Thursday. We destroyed the Bears by three points and the Vikings are going to lose by at least three scores! Get ready for the decline Vikings and please put Teddy in so we can win by six scores!!!

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    How is that working for u all? How does crow taste? Like crap? Vikings beat the Kitty Kats and the officials. That is a good team.

  9. Staffords worst game in 2 seasons… before going down.

    Joe and Troy said it… Vikings are one of the best coached teams in football.

    The Lions… not so much.

  10. usdcoyotesfan says:

    The Vikings didn’t beat the Lions, the Lions beat themselves.
    *****************

    A Viking win would not be complete without you embarrassing yourself, again.

  11. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 23, 2017 at 4:13 pm
    The Vikings didn’t beat the Lions, the Lions beat themselves.
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    Nothing to cheer about for the fans of the Mold and Gold, apparently.

  12. Laughable officiating today…the NFL should be embarrassed…no PI called when Diggs gets mugged on a deep throw..taunting on Keenum after he’s sacked? No holding call on the play where Stafford’s own man tackled a Vikings D lineman into his legs….. But I digress…another strong game from Keenum, Thielen just continuing to be a force…Diggs and Rudolph making plays …the O-line continuing to be solid….the D doing what they always do…Happy Thanksgiving…

  13. hey usd coyotes fan, my south dakota state jackrabbits just kicked your butt head football team. great week for me, horrible week for you after the steelers crush your punches packers.

  14. There you go. This shut up Packas and lions trolls. Those refs sure want the lions to win, but it ain’t happening. Get rid of them, they suck ady calling. Even I can ship better than thost clowns.

  15. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 23, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    Then again this might be good for the Packers. We now have a chance to catch the Lions in the WC race this week.

    //////////////

    What???

  16. There you go. This shut up Packas and lions trolls. Those refs sure want the lions to win, but it ain’t happening. Get rid of them, they suck ady calling. Even I can do better than those clowns.

  17. The Vikings have a winning record for this season. My Packers can still win the division. Or so we Packers fans tell ourselves.

  18. usdcoyotesfan says:

    Then again this might be good for the Packers. We now have a chance to catch the Lions in the WC race this week.
    ********

    Seriously?

    Your Packers need to learn how to score a TD so they have a chance to win a game, much less compete for a wild card spot in the playoffs.

    After your loss to the Steelers on Sunday, you’ll still be 2 games behind the Lions.

  19. Horrible officiating. The Lions got to open a bunch Xmas gifts way early.

    Also, what about Stafford’s fumble on the Griffin sack? It looked to me like the Vikings came out with it, yet the Lions got to kick a 50 yard field goal on the next play. Damn it!

  20. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 23, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    Then again this might be good for the Packers. We now have a chance to catch the Lions in the WC race this week.
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    The only way this is good for the packers is that it improves their draft pick. Only two questions remain for GB:
    1. How badly will Cleveland beat them, and
    2. Will the packers get the #1 pick instead of the Browns.

  21. Winning season with a third string quarterback. Not bad.

    But holy moly is our kicking game unreliable again. The blocking is the real problem. But Forbath is so bad on Extra points!!!! This is so frustrating!

  22. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 23, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    Then again this might be good for the Packers. We now have a chance to catch the Lions in the WC race this week

    ***

    Hey Packer fan. Nobody cares. Go talk on a Packer thread. Also, you were just shutout by ravens at home. A team pack fans were dismissing after Vikes beat them. What on earth makes you think GB has a chance in Pitt?

  23. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 23, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    Then again this might be good for the Packers. We now have a chance to catch the Lions in the WC race this week.
    ——
    Slow down…you still have to get past the Browns.

    We all can’t wait to see the packers lose that game.

  24. I had alot of respect for the Lions and their fans before this week. I thought we had an agreement to politely share the division and mutually hate the Packers and Bears.

    BUT, they starting barking up the big boy tree and got shot down back where they belong, to the nether realms at the bottom of the NFC North.

    GO BACK WHERE YOU BELONG! Truce over.

  25. The Vikings didn’t let the Lions hang around, the refs did. Why do I get the feeling the NFL is asking these officials to cheat?…..*****fishy NFL*****

  26. artic19 says:

    Not over yet, remember what stellar said, Packers are gonna make a run.
    ******

    I think what Stella was trying to say was the Packers have the runs…😀

  27. I was under the impression that it was the yearofthecat1? I guess not.

    P.S. NFL, please do something about your horrendous/crooked officials. This crew should be suspended (at a minimum) pending investigation.

  28. Wow, that had to be one of the worst officiated games I’ve seen in a while, but good to see the Vikings pull through for a huge win. Also, Rhodes worst game in two years, but he came up clutch at the end of the game. If you play with fire, eventually you’re going to get burned.

    NFC North, meet the new boss…..same as the old boss!!!

  29. Hey has anyone seen any lions fans on here? Before the game ya couldn’t get em to shut up and now that its over you could hear a pin drop lol. Sucks when you run your mouth then have to eat them words. Probably didn’t even save room for turkey lol.
    Skol vikes!!!!!!

  30. tjacks7 says:
    November 23, 2017 at 4:54 pm
    I was under the impression that it was the yearofthecat1? I guess not.

    P.S. NFL, please do something about your horrendous/crooked officials. This crew should be suspended (at a minimum) pending investigation

    ////////////////

    Worst I ever seen. The NFL keeps talking parity, but the only way they can achieve that is to give the losing team all the calls. Bad for the league.

  31. 1 pocket passer down, 2 more to go. Matt Ryan and Cam Newton will wrap up the hellish part of the schedule then the Vikings get to come home to face Red Head Dalton and those suckish Bengals.

  32. icebowler says:

    Sounds like a classic case of peaking too early developing.
    *******

    I don’t think the Vikings have peaked yet.

    There are still things to clean up. Overall, they just keep improving.

    On to Carolina.

  33. Case Kenum is the NCAA passing yards leader. He suffered on a below avg Houston team and a below avg Rams team. People need to start to realize that he is not a back up QB but a starter. There is no reason why he is not legitimately a #11-20 ranked QB in the NFL meaning he is a solid starter

  34. The taunting call on Keenum was total bs. But I’m wondering if he also said something at the same time? Flicking a ball like that is something they should let go.

    The play that killed the Lions was Stafford blowing the screen pass, which would have resulted in a walk-in touchdown. That and not getting the XP kicked quickly enough cost the Lions the game.

    Post Billy Sims and Barry Sanders, Detroit’s history with drafting RBs has been spotty at best. They also need a DL who can stuff the run. Based on that – I predict they’ll draft a TE or WR in the first round. Or maybe a cheerleader.

  35. With all due respect to the NFC South teams not named Tampa Bay and the Rams, the Vikings are easily my Eagles biggest competition in the NFC. That squad certainly takes on the personality of their HC – not only are they skilled, deep, and fundamentally sound, they play like a pack of rabid dogs on both sides of the ball and are resilient as all heck.
    Vikes took the the best shot and more of a desperate Lions team in the second half, but still found a way to make the critical plays in a tight ballgame.

    I also will probably die on the “defend Matt Stafford” hill. Make no mistake, he definitely didn’t play that well today and missed too many open receivers, but even on an off day, he continued to battle and almost brought his team back against a significantly more talented opponent. Without Stafford, Detroit is a 2-win outfit at best, as the roster around him simply isn’t very good. He isn’t a perfect QB, but Stafford is the only and only reason that team is competitive. Be fortunate you have him, Lions fans.

  36. Wow. Looks like the refs were the 12th man for the Lions today. That blown PI call on Diggs was insane. Should have been 30-13 at that point.

    Oh well. At least the Lions can stop being pretenders and join the others.. next up!

  37. Let me be the first to say it . . .

    The Steelers didn’t beat the packers . . . they destroyed them.

    Good luck on Sunday packers, as well as your descent to the bottom of the standings.

  38. I told you all I would come back and eat crow if the Lions lost, so here I am, and it’s doesn’t taste so good.

    Good game by the Vikings, and the better team won today. Although you have to admit that Stafford had you a little nervous towards the end.

    Hopefully we’ll have a chance to meet again in the playoffs for a rubber match!

  39. I was thrilled to see the Vikings win this, although a little concerned that they let the Lions back into the game. Rhodes interception made my day. But got to give a shout out to Matthew Stafford. He made some great throws and kept Detroit’s hopes alive all game (it sure wasn’t their running game). He makes me nervous every time we play them. He is streaky but when he is hitting, they really move the ball. Anytime we didn’t get pressure he threw a strike. Glad to come home with the “W”. Now on to the next one.

  40. Love the resilience of this squad! Once the calls started going the wrong way and momentum turned it would have been easy to give this game away, however the mental toughness of this team pulled them through.

    Great TEAM win, now enjoy an extra few days off and get healthy for 2 tough tests on the road!

  41. Vikings just have to beat the teams they did the last couple years, They beat the Panthers 2x at home and the Falcons year before. Neither of those teams are as they were and Minnesota is better. I say win those and rest the starters after the 1st quarter of the games after that.
    This team just keeps getting better and better.

  42. theyearofthecat1 says:
    November 23, 2017 at 7:24 pm
    I told you all I would come back and eat crow if the Lions lost, so here I am, and it’s doesn’t taste so good.

    Good game by the Vikings, and the better team won today. Although you have to admit that Stafford had you a little nervous towards the end.

    Hopefully we’ll have a chance to meet again in the playoffs for a rubber match!
    —–
    You’re a better man and fan than most packer fans in here for coming back.

    Respect.

  43. theyearofthecat1 says:
    November 23, 2017 at 7:24 pm
    I told you all I would come back and eat crow if the Lions lost, so here I am, and it’s doesn’t taste so good.

    Good game by the Vikings, and the better team won today. Although you have to admit that Stafford had you a little nervous towards the end.

    Hopefully we’ll have a chance to meet again in the playoffs for a rubber match!

    ———————————

    I appreciate you honoring your word. Stafford is the master of comebacks, but today I was more nervous about the crew of officials than Stafford, especially after his ankle got rolled up on. He is tough though I have a feeling that was a pretty painful injury to play through.

  44. red says:
    November 23, 2017 at 4:15 pm
    NFL needs to do something with these garbage refs.

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    At the very least allow some system of review or challenge on Personal Foul and PI calls, both are biggies that can change the outcome of games, left up to pure judgment that all too often seems wrong.

  45. coltluger says:
    November 23, 2017 at 6:48 pm
    Let me be the first to say it . . .

    The Steelers didn’t beat the packers . . . they destroyed them.

    Good luck on Sunday packers, as well as your descent to the bottom of the standings.

    ——————————-

    I think the Steelers will be able to rest all of their starters, vs the Packers, and still win by 20.

  46. theyearofthecat1 says:
    November 23, 2017 at 7:24 pm
    I told you all I would come back and eat crow if the Lions lost, so here I am, and it’s doesn’t taste so good.

    Good game by the Vikings, and the better team won today. Although you have to admit that Stafford had you a little nervous towards the end.

    Hopefully we’ll have a chance to meet again in the playoffs for a rubber match!
    ————————————

    Props for being a stand up guy. I’ve always liked Stafford. He’s a tough dude and a gamer. I think I can speak for most Vikings fans and say we never take and never will take the Lions lightly with Stafford chucking the ball.

  47. The Lions need to knock it off with the slow starts. You can beat a bad team that way but not a good team like the Vikings. Congrats on winning the division, Vikings…you truly are my 2nd favorite team in our division. Nothing but love…I hate the Packers and Bears. On to a wild card spot for the Lions hopefully

  48. Two weeks in a row blatant PI ignored. Thielen against the Rams in the back of the end zone & Diggs today. This game should have been a laugher.The refs let the Lions in it and close enough to hang around with a chance to steal a game. Having said that there were some players that had sub par games today. But a win is a win. Skol.

  49. Laughable officiating today…the NFL should be embarrassed…no PI called when Diggs gets mugged on a deep throw..taunting on Keenum after he’s sacked? No holding call on the play where Stafford’s own man tackled a Vikings D lineman into his legs….The Lions went right over the Vikings center to block a kick…PI on Wayne…. The Vikings will get the traditional letter from the NFL saying mistakes were made during the Lions game in Detroit. And really horrible officiating by NFL is why some people think the league is WWE.

  50. Vikings fans, they missed one PI call and Keenum DID toss the ball at Ansah. You guys complaining about the refs and going so far to say “worst officiating ever!” Have lost your minds.

    Rhodes got schooled all day, but did make a great play at the end.

    Vikings have a great defense, but I still don’t take that offense serious.

    Vikings didn’t beat the Lions. They beat the horrible Caldwell, Cooter and Austin who keep teams in it.

    Congrats tho.

  51. kingthielenscourt says:
    November 23, 2017 at 5:54 pm
    “Just for the Record, Vikings would beat the Packers this year even WITH Rodgers!”
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    Technically the Vikings did beat the packers w/rodgers. Then he fell down.

  52. jkrc717 says:
    November 24, 2017 at 2:56 am
    Vikings fans, they missed one PI call and Keenum DID toss the ball at Ansah. You guys complaining about the refs and going so far to say “worst officiating ever!” Have lost your minds.

    Rhodes got schooled all day, but did make a great play at the end.

    Vikings have a great defense, but I still don’t take that offense serious.

    Vikings didn’t beat the Lions. They beat the horrible Caldwell, Cooter and Austin who keep teams in it.

    Congrats tho

    **

    No there were more bad calls than what you mentioned.

    On keenum, He tossed the ball to the ground and it accidentally hit Ziggy AS HE WAS LOG ROLLING in front of him. Clearly unintentional, but come on.

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