Vikings start slow but stomp the Lions

AP

Early in today’s game in Detroit, it appeared that the Lions had the perfect game plan to beat the Vikings: Matthew Stafford was hitting deep balls to Calvin Johnson and Eric Ebron, and Detroit jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter.

And then the wheels fell off. The Lions’ offense acted as if it had forgotten that Megatron and Ebron exist, the Vikings’ offense began making big plays, and soon the Vikings had a 28-17 lead. That would be all of the scoring until the Vikings took an intentional safety in the final minute, making the final 28-19.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi have taken a great deal of criticism in Detroit this season, and that won’t change after today’s game. The Lions appeared to have an offense that was working, taking advantage of Stafford’s ability to throw the deep ball, and then the offense simply ground to a halt. The Vikings’ defense deserves some of the credit for that, as Minnesota started to bring more pressure on Stafford. But the Lions’ offense deserves even more blame.

For Minnesota, it was another big day for rookie receiver Stefon Diggs, who caught six passes for 108 yards and one touchdown. Diggs has burst onto the scene in the last three weeks and become the Vikings’ best big-play threat. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had a 75-yard run but was largely bottled up beyond that. Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdown passes, giving him five so far this season — three in two games against the Lions, and two in four games against the rest of their schedule.

The loss drops the Lions to 1-6, and confirms that they’re one of the worst teams in the NFL. If Caldwell can’t get things turned around, he may find himself on the hot seat — a surprising statement given the fact that he made the playoffs last year in his first season in Detroit. The Vikings improve to 4-2, and they’re a real contender to make the playoffs in the NFC. The Packers remain atop the NFC North, but the Vikings have clearly unseated the Lions as the division’s next-best team.

105 responses to “Vikings start slow but stomp the Lions

  1. Best Franchise in the NFL…..

    And it’s not even close.

    The Dynasty has begun.

    We have the best defense in the NFL.

    The best young Quarterback…

    Stefon Diggs will be Offensive Rookie of the Year.

    There’s nothing stopping us from an inevitable Super Bowl run this year.

    The Decade of Dominance….

    Is here!

    Let the Purple and Gold Confetti Fall!!!

  2. I’m here to tell you. The future is SUPER bright for the Vikings. We are building a fine YOUNG team of stars. Diggs?!? Feed this cat, he is a star! Teddy, Floyd, Barr, Kendricks, Joseph, Smith, ect…I say we go all in on Oline next draft. This is a new Vikings team, with a great coach. Bring on that worlds best stadium…we finally have a team worthy to have it!

  3. And it certainly helps when the refs steal a touchdown from Calvin Johnson, thus making the Lions run down more time.

  4. Great job, you beat the worst team in the NFL by 9. Take that home.

    Admit it, Vikings’ fans, your team is barely average, but that is a step up from last season and all the many seasons before, so from a hardcore Packer fan, see you guys as an actual contender in about two years, and I mean that as a compliment.

  5. I suggest Vikings fans ignore all Packer posts. Bye week. They had nothing to do but drink. They are afraid of what is happening in MN.

  6. Packers are 6-0. Vikings are 5-2. Packers lead the series this decade 9-1-1. And Viking fans think we are scared of their team. Comical.

  7. Diggs is genuinely good. Not only did he get five yards behind the defender, but he made a great diving catch on the bad throw from Teddy. Other Vike receivers chipped in with lots of YAC to make Teddy look like a longball threat.
    Congrats to Mini on their first road win.

  8. I want to hear from all the Bridgewater naysayers who have told how Teddy can’t throw more than 5 yards…

    Great completion percentage, 300+ yards and 2 TD’s.

    He dropped that 36 yard TD to Diggs perfectly.

    Kid had a great game, even though the Online allowed 4 sacks and too many hits.

  9. I remember a troll saying yesterday “Let Teddy throw the ball all over the field, I’m sure the rest of the NFC North would love it, for giggles and stuff”, well, Lions fans probably didn’t think 25-35 for 316 yards and 2 TD’s to 11 different receivers was funny at all. SKOL, LOL at trolls.

  10. Today was finally a good offensive effort. The Vikings finally found the passing game with Diggs.

    If Diggs continues with his play making, this team is going to gel with teams having to eye Diggs and Peterson.

    Time for the Bears.

  11. Packers could have had Kendricks.

    Chose a backup QB instead.

    Ted Thompson. Buffoon extreme.

    Go chokers!

  12. We have about 10 of the the top ten defensive players in the division. Packer fans are lying to themselves when they say they are not scared. I’ll tell you what: A-Aron is!

  13. “Lion fans are a classy bunch despite their hard luck. They for sure are not sanctimonious, arrogant, fat hypocrites.”

    I don’t like Patriot or Seahawks fans either.

    “25-35 for 316 yards”

    …about 200 of which were RAC, but still…

  14. vincelombardisghost says:
    Oct 25, 2015 4:28 PM
    A win is the only thing that matters so congrats to the Vikings. You beat the Lions. They aren’t exactly considered the gold standard in the NFL. Big whoop.

    and the packers have beaten who this year? the bears 49ers seahawks and 3 other teams that stink to high heaven

  15. If I were a Vikings fan I’d take it easy on the greatness talk. The lions are a bad team, with average talent and bad to average coaching. Beat the Packers and then start talking yourselves up.

    To my fellow lions fans… Looks like they got us again. How dumb are we? They lose five straight, put up a win against the easiest team on the schedule in dramatic fashion in overtime, come out firing against the Vikings and then just quit. Well the offense quit, the defense played hard, if not well, all game. Did anyone see Tate today? Look at his face, he clearly doesn’t want to be here.

  16. vincelombardisghost says:
    Oct 25, 2015 4:28 PM
    A win is the only thing that matters so congrats to the Vikings. You beat the Lions. They aren’t exactly considered the gold standard in the NFL. Big whoop.
    ————————–
    The same can be said with the packers opponents.
    6 – 0 ? Big whoop with that soft schedule.

  17. packmad1
    Oct 25, 2015, 3:08 PM CDT
    Beating the Lions by 9 is not a stomping. If you truly think that, I feel bad for you.
    ——
    You obviously didn’t watch the game. At one point the Vikings had out gained the Lions 315-5 yards.

  18. vincelombardisghost says:
    Oct 25, 2015 4:28 PM

    A win is the only thing that matters so congrats to the Vikings. You beat the Lions. They aren’t exactly considered the gold standard in the NFL. Big whoop.
    **********************

    If you want to criticize the Vikings, that is all well and good. But as you do that, please think of one thing — exactly who have the Packers played this year that has a winning record?

    Also, notice a good share of the Packers fans and trolls are suddenly very quiet…..

  19. The future……
    Vikings beat the Packers.
    Packer fans: “ummm…. We have the most injuries in the NFL.”
    They’ll always have some excuse. It’s simple. The Vikings are the future.

  20. Lol @ above comment Teddy throws it perfectly to Diggs. You know that was mostly Diggs going and getting it amazingly. If Teddy trows it perfectly then Wallace would have some stats which he still doesn’t around the 1/2 season mark.

  21. Unless the ENTIRE O line figures out how to pass protect and run block…Bridgewater is gonna get his lights out out and Peterson will have to perform miracles for them to win…unless the defense does some scoring. This O line is pretty bad…we have the two worst tackles in football.

  22. Was a bit worried after that first quarter, but the D and the offense eventually got their act together. Actually felt bad for Stafford in the second half. Good to get a road win and beat a struggling team, but the true test for the Vikes will probably be in about 4 weeks.

  23. Must say the play by Ziggy running 75 yards down the field to make the TD saving tackle after the Safety slowed up AP was impressive. Nice to see the hustle/heart by a talented DE. Tip of the hat to him.

    Nice win by Vikes, first road win in the NFC North since 2009. I was shocked when I heard that, but things are changing and the future looks bright.

  24. “Packers could have had Kendricks.

    Chose a backup QB instead.”

    Nooo, the Packers passed on Kendricks in the first round (as did the Vikings), and Mini took him in the second round before GB’s second pick. Packers took the QB in round five.
    But thanks for playing, and enjoy your parting gifts!

  25. Great defensive adjustment by Zimmer! The LIons came out with alot of play action and 7-step drops, so Zimmer started sending the house. With the speed they have on defense, that plays right into their hands.

  26. Look Purple fans. We won. We did dominate in the second half. But we can’t start as slow as we did against a team like GB, or Atlanta, Pats. Those teams will bury us if we start slow. If the offense doesn’t score TD’s, and the defense gives up the big plays like we did in the first quarter. We can’t continue to give up 2 td’s, but only score 2 fg’s, and then miss an extra point on our first td. Sure, we won, and our defense tightened up. We have some young talent. Defense is loaded with some young talent, Diggs is awesome, Thielen shows up again on special teams, and with another big catch. And Teddy played pretty good. But we gotta start faster. We have to, if we want to beat those teams.

  27. conormacleod says:
    Oct 25, 2015 5:00 PM

    The future……
    Vikings beat the Packers.
    Packer fans: “ummm…. We have the most injuries in the NFL.”
    They’ll always have some excuse. It’s simple. The Vikings are the future.
    ———————————————————
    Says a member of the fan base that claims the refs blew the game every time the Packers win.

  28. I’m shocked! A Lions team committing penalties, going out of bounds stopping the opponents clock, trying to play with 10 guys, failing to adjust to the pass rush with short passes and screens. I mean when did all this start? On sorry for me and Lions fans, 45 years ago numerous losing coaches, GM’s that can’t manage getting out of bed let alone an organization. If your not fed up with this crap its becuase you gave up 30 years ago.

  29. pervyspankspackfans says:
    Oct 25, 2015 4:18 PM
    I suggest Vikings fans ignore all Packer posts. Bye week. They had nothing to do but drink. They are afraid of what is happening in MN.
    ————————————–

    I would argue that you should ignore Packer posts simply because they don’t know anything about football. I have the misfortune of regularly travelling to GB for work, and explaining football basics to these people is like explaining theoretical physics to my german shepherd. (I have more success with the latter, btw).

  30. Lol at packer fans saying “no big deal beating Detroit on the road”. I’m watching the raiders/chargers game and Oakland is destroying the Chargers just like the vikes did. The Pack almost lost to SD at home and only beat Chicago by 8.

  31. The Lions really miss Suh. They have a great offense, it was lucky for the Vikings to win Detroit. It’s been 3 yrs since the Vikings won a NFC North road game. Division games are always a coin flip. The Chicago game will be tough too. The Packers are one of the best teams in the NFL so the Vikings need to win all the should win games they can because they are playing for a WC spot. Unless Rodgers gets injured then the Packers would be in trouble.

  32. All of these hopeful and arrogant comments by the queenie fans will be even more entertaining when they get smashed by the Pack as usual. This was your FIRST nfc north road win in a looooong time but y’all acting like you’ve actually accomplished something lol. Simple fact, Vikings are still a mediocre team.

  33. conormacleod says:
    Oct 25, 2015 5:00 PM

    The future……
    Vikings beat the Packers.
    Packer fans: “ummm…. We have the most injuries in the NFL.”
    They’ll always have some excuse. It’s simple. The Vikings are the future.
    ————

    Yes, we always have some excuse for…..continually beating your team, owning the division, and contending every year.

    We’re just full of excuses for those things!

    Stating that the Packers have a ridiculous number of injuries is not an excuse, considering there is nothing for us to make excuses about. Our team is 6-0, seen by everyone who isn’t a Vikings fan as the best team in the NFC, and light-years ahead of your team. No excuses necessary for any of those.

    Maybe you should learn to deal with that, instead of spending all your time on here, projecting your inadequacies onto the Packers.

  34. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Oct 25, 2015 4:49 PM
    vincelombardisghost says:
    Oct 25, 2015 4:28 PM
    A win is the only thing that matters so congrats to the Vikings. You beat the Lions. They aren’t exactly considered the gold standard in the NFL. Big whoop.
    ————————–
    The same can be said with the packers opponents.
    6 – 0 ? Big whoop with that soft schedule.
    ———————
    And that unreal Broncos defense next week against the Cheeseheads I’ve already got the game recorded.

  35. A first quarter like that against GB will end up in a 20-point loss. Pack won’t let up, and they’ll adjust to the pressure, which Detroit did not do. Glad to see they got it together, but they can’t make this a habit.

    Another game like this makes the decision to deactivate Diggs for the first 3 games even more inexcusable. He has been their best offensive player this month by a wide margin

  36. I can’t understand why people say teams have easy schedules, There are no easy wins, Only good times to play certain teams. Theres to much takent league wide for “Easy wins”

  37. Detroit’s offence in the 1st two drives resulted from a guy falling down in coverage and a linebacker having no idea he was supposed to cover Ebron. Other than that Detroit had very little offence.

    It’s not like the coaches changed everything – they just couldn’t get any of the blitzes blocked enough to get passes of any length off.

  38. submarinesailor
    Oct 25, 2015, 5:04 PM CDT
    A first quarter like that against GB will end up in a 20-point loss. Pack won’t let up, and they’ll adjust to the pressure
    ——-
    Or….the packers D will give up over 500 yards passing, like last week.

  39. Wow the Raiders are up 31 points on the Chargers at home. Look what a good defense can do to a high power offense like San Diego. Amazing!

  40. Peterson was awful today, save for a 3 runs. The blocking was awful, but he continually tip toes behind the line losing 2-4 yards instead of taking the few positive yards that were available.

    The team looks way smoother with McKinnon in than with Peterson. Peterson can’t pass block, and he’s put the ball on the turf about 6 times this year.

    He’s the big name, but he’s been pretty awful this year.

  41. The Vikes look good. Maybe there’s something there. Congrats from this Packers fan on the strong start.

    Welcome to the NFL.

  42. Gee, my harmless little post really touched the Viking fans nerve (likely located in their arse). 50% of the Viking wins this year have come at the expense of the woeful Lions. Time to celebrate and gas up the Love Boat for another spin around the lake. While your state says it has 10,000 lakes, Wisconsin has 15,000. Heck, the county I live in has 1,400 alone and boasts the 28 connected, chain of lakes, the longest freshwater lake system in the world. Wisconsin wins again!!

  43. Would be nice if the Vikings defense can sack Rodgers 3 weeks from now when they come to MN and get to him 7 times. That’ll shut up these packer trolls and maybe they can get a life.

  44. Been to Minnesota and Wisconsin so I understand the rivalry and believe the Packers/Vikings game will be spectacular.

  45. What do you call someone who believes he’s better than someone else based on the arbitrary decision to follow the jersey he does? A packer fan.

    That is the most pathetic excuse for a human existence I can think of. It’s sad, really. Enjoy your bragging, for what that’s worth.

  46. I don’t care if the Vikings won. At least the Lions lost. Wisconsin is proud to have fans like us Green Bay fans. Even famous ones.

  47. Bridgewater seems to be a decent QB but 5 TDs in 6 games does not make a superstar. I hope he continues to improve, then maybe we can start talking playoffs

  48. coltluger says:
    Oct 25, 2015 6:48 PM

    What do you call someone who believes he’s better than someone else based on the arbitrary decision to follow the jersey he does? A packer fan.

    ———————————————————-

    I don’t see any of that around here. Sure you’re just not speaking to your own inadequacy?

    🙂

  49. You can say it’s only Detroit (a playoff team last year) and you’d be right. Still, Minnesota would have lost this game last year…or maybe last month. They *are* improving. The play calling is better too, but players like Diggs make the OC look smart.

    The defense is bruising, even without its best interior lineman. Zimmer and Rick S have added good depth. Young linebackers out there now, learning as they good but talented enough to improve quickly.

    Wow. Barr and Harrison Smith are beasts.

    No one should be predicting anything; it’s only six-games. But it is improving the right way.

  50. when the Packers beat a team with 3 wins, Viking fans brush it off saying the Packers haven’t beat a team with a winning record, but when the Vikings beat a pathetic team with 1 victory its the path to the Super Bowl, Viking fans are in a world like no other. then again they hail from the land of bug bites and brutal cold weather but hey Fargo is a pretty funny show so at least they have that.

  51. usdcoyotesfan says:
    Oct 25, 2015 4:21 PM

    Packers are 6-0. Vikings are 5-2. Packers lead the series this decade 9-1-1. And Viking fans think we are scared of their team. Comical.
    ===================================
    I think the Vikings can beat you this year.
    It just about happened the second game last year, and Minnesota is quite a bit better than last year!
    The 2015 Minnesota Draft class may be the best in team (if not NFL) History
    That Mini-Dome USD uses for a home field, it is more like a Porta-potty.
    Your Packers haven’t even Played a team close to sniffing a winning record this year. Minnesota WILL beat the Packers again, and WILL Win the Division!

  52. fofrenchy
    Oct 25, 2015, 5:19 PM CDT
    Peterson was awful today, save for a 3 runs. The blocking was awful, but he continually tip toes behind the line losing 2-4 yards instead of taking the few positive yards that were available.

    The team looks way smoother with McKinnon in than with Peterson. Peterson can’t pass block, and he’s put the ball on the turf about 6 times this year.

    He’s the big name, but he’s been pretty awful this year.
    ———
    Wow the ignorance. AP has more yards in 6 games than McKinnon had all last year. And AP is top 5 in the NFL in rushing yards. In other words, you’re complaining about one of the best players in the NFL.

  53. Reasons Vikings fans should be optimistic.

    1. You have a 22-year-old QB who is showing that he has a high ceiling. Your division rival, the Packers, have a QB who is a full decade older, and at this same point in his career had made about 30 NFL throws.

    2. You have a 21-year-old WR phenom who, for some reason, the Packers, Bears, and Lions all forgot to pick for five straight rounds.

    3. Anthony Barr, Harrison Smith, and Everson Griffin are already elite defenders. And of that bunch, Griffin is the “old” man at 27.

    Listen, I’m not saying this team wins the superbowl this year. TJ Clemmings and Joe Berger were never supposed to start this year, and Eric Kendricks is obviously learning the game. But compared to the other NFC North teams, the nucleus of talent in MN is about a 6-10 years younger and looks very promising.

  54. “Would be nice if the Vikings defense can sack Rodgers 3 weeks from now when they come to MN and get to him 7 times. That’ll shut up these packer trolls and maybe they can get a life.”

    ————————————-

    Everson Griffin. Anthony Barr. Harrison Smith. Tee off — your golf ball is #12. Don’t stop at 7, either.

  55. Packers’ record: 6-0
    Vikings’ record: 4-2

    Combined record and winning pct. of teams that the Packers have beaten: 14-26, .350
    Combined record and winning pct. of teams that the Vikings have beaten: 5-16, .313

    So there goes the theory that the Vikings have beaten better teams than the Packers have.

  56. Watching this team improve week to week, making steady progress reminds me of how faithful our fans are.
    Last year when the Packers started off slowly, their fans were calling their Head Coach “Too old and out of Touch”, and “they should fire everybody”.
    It is going to be fun watching their meltdown when Minnesota replaces them in the NFCN again!
    It is going to happen, Just look at the Rookies and 2nd year players the Vikings have either starting or
    getting significant playing time. Four Rookies from this years Draft alone.
    This is going to get very interesting.

  57. usdcoyotesfan says:
    Oct 25, 2015 9:08 PM

    Packers’ record: 6-0
    Vikings’ record: 4-2

    Combined record and winning pct. of teams that the Packers have beaten: 14-26, .350
    Combined record and winning pct. of teams that the Vikings have beaten: 5-16, .313

    So there goes the theory that the Vikings have beaten better teams than the Packers have.
    ******************************

    One little statistic you forgot to include…..GB has not even PLAYED a team with a winning record yet this year.

    That changes next week when Denver pops the GB bubble and they come crashing down.

    Denver 31
    GB 17

  58. Thedore has had a QB rating of over 93 in TWO games this season. One against the Lions today, and once earlier this season when the played th Lions.

    If you think that just cause the Packers didn’t PLAY a team with a winning record that it gives the VIkings some sort of advantage you are more delusional tha I thought.

    Instead of talking about who played who lets talk about who the Packers and Vikings have lost to.

    The Vikings have lost vs Broncos “they played close” but Denver only has one vicotry with with a margin of more than 7 points this season (against the same sad Lions) and then they lost to the 2-5 9ers which Vikings fans will try to justify some how, just like GB not playing a winning team “Matters” some how.

    6-0 is ALWAYS better than 4-2

  59. Nice road win, Diggs really looks for real – after watching Patterson and even Johnson give up on balls last year – seeing Diggs make a play on a tough ball shows a player willing to go out on a limb to be great, rather than waving at a less than perfect pass that wouldn’t hit their stat line.

  60. shaggytoodle says:
    Oct 25, 2015 11:23 PM

    6-0 is ALWAYS better than 4-2
    ****************************
    Just think – next week there is a better than avg chance those records will be 6-1 and 5-2!

    Something to think about in the coming week……

  61. Why do Viking fans insist that the Packers are their rival?? The feeling is certainly not mutual. The Bears are the Packers ONLY rival in the NFCN. They couldn’t care less about Minnesota.

    I guess that’s why you’re so butthurt all the time. You’re franchise is irrelevant.

  62. Congratulations, the Vikings have beaten the lowly Lions twice in one season. I didn’t think the Lions were among the bottom feeders in the NFL but today changes that perception.

  63. purpleandgoldforever says:
    Oct 26, 2015 2:14 AM

    ****************************
    Just think – next week there is a better than avg chance those records will be 6-1 and 5-2!

    Something to think about in the coming week……
    ______________

    So think of how the VIkings will still be in second place next week, as the Packers head to Denver as 2.5 favorites?

    I would like to give you something to think about… the Vikings point differental is +22, the Broncos is + 37, with a lot of close games (except for the win vs. the Lions). The Packers are +63.

    Theodore hasn’t looked as impressive as many of the Vikings fans have said he would, he fumbles, his WR make tougher plays than thy should have tomake. Diggs had a great catch, but for as open as he was he ha to work WAY too hard for that.

    I am not saying GB will absoultely win next week, it won’t be an easy game and they will have to earn it, but they will STILL be leading the division, and while they have some tough games coming up, the Vikings still have a harder strength of schedule this seasaon than GB. This is because, the people deterimining SOS know the Packers are the better team, and it will be tougher for Minnesota to beat them.

  64. coachkilla6 says:
    Oct 26, 2015 8:02 AM
    Why do Viking fans insist that the Packers are their rival?? The feeling is certainly not mutual. The Bears are the Packers ONLY rival in the NFCN. They couldn’t care less about Minnesota.

    The Packers are 9-1-1 against the Vikings this decade. They’re 9-2 against the Bears this decade. I’d say those numbers hardly qualify for a rivalry.

  65. just goes to show what the NFL thinks of the Vikings, the Lions lose to them so they fire the offensive coaching staff why you ask, because they lost to the Vikings that about says it all.

  66. lp5710
    Talking about what the Lion’s did after a loss. What will the packers do when they lose at the Bank this year?

  67. “usdcoyotesfan says: Packers are 6-0.”

    The Packers have yet to beat any team with a record of better than 2 wins this year… but they do face the Broncos and the Panthers (both 6-0-0) in the next two games. We shall see very soon just how good they really are this year. Looking forward to the CHOKE we all know is coming!

  68. Theodore is the next big thing at QB…Diggs is the next Moss…. and Kendricks is better than a multiple time pro bowler AND Super Bowl Champion 6 games into his NFL Career?

    None of those things are true, I will say Diggs and Kendricks can be developed into GREAT Pro’s and off on the right foot, but Theodore lacks the arm strength to be an elite QB, as a game manager he does well, but he does not do well in crunch time, I have seen him poorly handle situations like inside 2 minutes of the first half and the end of games, he REALLY needs to work ont hat, and awareness of 1st down markers when to slide or tryt o make a move, but if the Vikings can keep games close enough where they can use run game, they can be competetive in a lot of games, as long as the RB doesn’t swallow his dip.

  69. “shaggytoodle says: Instead of talking about who played who lets talk about who the Packers and Vikings have lost to.”

    Why should we limit ourselves to just the teams our respective teams lost to? That’d be like… I donno… a fan counting championships from a time BEFORE the current form of the NFL actually existed.

  70. Shaggy doesnt seem to get that Teddy in 22 years old and played in about a season and a half of total NFL games. Give the kid some time, he is learning on the job.

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