Vikings defense collapses, Lions win in overtime

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With all the focus on the Vikings offense in recent weeks, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the once-vaunted Minnesota defense suddenly stinks.

After holding the Lions to 13 points through 59 minutes and 37 seconds, the Vikings defense surrendered a field goal and a touchdown on back-to-back drives — the former with 23 seconds left in regulation and the rest on the first drive of overtime.

Long gone are the days of a suffocating pass rush, stout pass defense, and reliable tackling. The Vikings allowed the Lions to work their way down the field, converting third down after third down and ultimately surrendering on third and eight a 28-yard catch and run from receiver Golden Tate, which featured an uninspiring attempt by safety Harrison Smith to bring Tate to the ground or to knock him out bounds before he dove into the end zone for the win.

The Vikings have now lost three in a row after starting the season 5-0. A win by the Packers over the Colts will knot the rivals at 5-3 atop the NFC North, with the 5-4 Lions looming.

The Lions and Vikings continue their rivalry in 18 days, with a Thanksgiving contest at Ford Field. Between now and then, the Vikings have opportunities to win (or lose) at Washington and at home against the Cardinals.

118 responses to “Vikings defense collapses, Lions win in overtime

  1. Right now, I don’t think there is one team the Vikings would beat on the road and there are only a few I think they would beat at US Bank. Really terrible performance for 3rd straight week. Kudos to Prater. I wish we had one of those….

  2. Vikings QB Sam Bradford caught an NFL pass before their first round draft pick wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. This organization is as weird as it gets.

  3. bahaha! I just bought the web domain for FireZimmer.com That was some of the most inept coaching ever. Norv did the right thing and jumped ship before the whole thing sinks.

    SKOL all you want, you coach is a HACK!

  4. And you Vikings trolls thought you were so awesome when you beat my Packers.
    Now you cannot beat the same teams in our division the Packers did.
    Ha!
    Have you learned your lesson to wait and see what happens?
    Of course not because you are trolls without a brain.

  5. Blair needs to go, but Zimmer blew it. Taking a timeout with :27 left inside the 5, dumb. Rushing three with Prater’s big leg waiting in the wings, dumb.

  6. You left out the part where Stafford is elite. But also, Golden Tate is one of the funniest players in the league. Not for what he says but how he plays. He has fun with the game.

  7. I dunno if the ship is sinking but there is really big hole and more water is entering in than being taken out with a teaspoon.

  8. Since when does it take 27 seconds to run two plays? Sweet timeout Zim! They sure unleashed the shackles on that offense once Norv left!

  9. And you Vikings trolls thought you were so awesome when you beat my Packers.
    Now you cannot beat the same teams in our division the Packers did.
    Ha!
    Have you learned your lesson to wait and see what happens?
    Of course not because you are trolls without a brain.

  10. Ha ha ha ha …. There you go Vikings fans! You had them winning the Super Bowl in October and now they can’t get out of their own way!!! I love it!!
    And reports are that Minnesota will be closing their bridges to try to stop the thousands of Vikings fans from jumping off!!!
    Hey — maybe you can get Favre and Greg Jennings to come out of retirement and help you again! They’d be better than anything you have now, for sure!!!
    Thanks for making my day Vikings !!!!!

  11. Answer: Detroit Lions
    Question: Who is the first team to beat the Minnesota Vikings in their new stadium?

    Matt “the comeback kid” Stafford does it again, and Golden Tate lands in the endzone with a flourish! Thanks for an exciting finish! Woot Woot!

  12. Let the dynasty begin they said, Superbowl bound they said, the most dominate defense in the NFL they said… what they have not won in almost a month and the offense averages 8 points a game, and the defense is looking mediocre. Oh Boy… maybe next year. You always have the off season championship wrapped up though.

  13. If you combined Dallas offense with Minny’s defense you would have a legit superbowl contender.. Too bad neither team have both.. Both are overrated.. Seattle is a piece of crap team too! I hate the Pats but they have no competition right now.. this league sucks!

  14. How many more games will Blair Walsh lose for this team? hahahaha Rick Spielman is a magician tho. Maybe he can get a job as teacher when the vikings finally cut him

  15. I love how there is no mention of Golden Tate making an insanely acrobatic move to stay in bounds, break a tackle, and then bust a flip into the end zone for the win in overtime

  16. The Vikings have lost to the two worst teams in the NFC, the Bears and now the lucky Lions who are easily still just as bad as the Bears if not worse (Bears beat them.)

    BUTTTT……The Vikings have ZERO Championships.

    ZERO.

    (At least they fired Norv Turner who hasn’t been good since the early 90’s)

  17. As a vikes fan i gotta say Vikings are overrated in the first 5 games. Don’t know what happen after the bye but things are not looking good right now.

  18. Terrible clock management at the end, why call a timeout so soon when its TD or bust? Scored way too early. Also why only rush 2 guys and give a NFL QB all day to throw? Zimmer blew this one.

  19. Patterson has stone hands. At least you guys drafted a really good special teams player with that first round pick. You can only hope Treadslow can be that special some day

  20. Great job Lions! Congratulations Lions fans! Thank you for sustaining the exposure of a very overrated Vikings.

    Maybe they should hand out purple clothespins to the fans, to protect their perpetually upturned noses from the stench.

  21. codytha035 says:
    Nov 6, 2016 4:32 PM
    that fake viking horn that someone pretends to blow in to hype the crowd is so corny
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    Agreed. But not as bad as the overhead two-handed clap they tried to steal from the Icelandic soccer fans. The way they stumble through it, it looks like a bunch of drunks trying to high-five themselves.

  22. “it’s easy to overlook the fact that the once-vaunted Minnesota defense suddenly stinks.”

    Since when did a defence that gives up 16 points in regulation “stink”? Vikes should and would of won today if they had a kicker that could actually put it between the posts. Good effort from a team missing both starting Tackles.

  23. Silly little trolls, yes the season didn’t end after week five but it also didn’t end today. Regardless of what the packers do today the Vikings will still be in first place in the north. Calm down everyone.

  24. fanbase got way ahead of itself time has proven.

    defense doesnt seem as good as it was said to be. combined with a lousy offense youve got a recipe for average at best.

    toodlez

  25. We were told that the Vikings would win the superbowl and that Zimmer ould be coach of the year.

    Has any team won the SB after losing to both the Lions and Bears?

  26. “Have you learned your lesson to wait and see what happens?
    Of course not because you are trolls without a brain.”

    Someone get this kid a TV. Packers already down 14-3 to Indianapolis.

  27. stellarperformance says:
    Nov 6, 2016 4:43 PM
    codytha035 says:
    Nov 6, 2016 4:32 PM
    that fake viking horn that someone pretends to blow in to hype the crowd is so corny
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    Agreed. But not as bad as the overhead two-handed clap they tried to steal from the Icelandic soccer fans. The way they stumble through it, it looks like a bunch of drunks trying to high-five themselves.

    Because Iceland and actual Vikings have nothing in common at all…

  28. I think you can stick a fork in the Vikings for this season. They just had too many injuries this year on the side of the ball that couldnt afford them.

    Start next year healthy, and I think they would be the favorite in that division.

  29. motleytrap says:
    Nov 6, 2016 4:54 PM
    “Have you learned your lesson to wait and see what happens?
    Of course not because you are trolls without a brain.”

    Someone get this kid a TV. Packers already down 14-3 to Indianapolis.
    ——————————————————————————
    Game ain’t over yet. Pack can come back.
    Difference between us is that I waited till after the Vikes/Lions game to rub it in.

  30. Karma after that Touchdown should have been Lions ball since there was a fumble before going in. When are the Vikings moving to St. Louis?

  31. leatherface2012 says:
    Nov 6, 2016 4:54 PM
    hey packer fans, good thing rodgers is pummeling the colts right
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    Just like the super bowl isn’t won after game 5, games aren’t won in the first 15 minutes. Rogers is pummeling the Colts now.

  32. I like how this game was a chance for Zim to really show off his clock management skills.

  33. I said the Vikings would finish 5-11 after Zimmer’s meltdown and rant on the offensive line.

    It’s still on track.

    Fire Zimmer before it gets out of control. The guy is not qualified to coach with the big boys.

  34. hey packer fans, good thing Rodgers is pummeling the colts right

    ________________________________

    If the wide outs would catch the ball, we would be up by two scores right now… I’m not worried, Luck looks shaken and Rodgers is stretching the field. The Pack will get it together, or sisters to the west…. they are in a freefall.

  35. They will lose the rest of their games. They would lose to Cleveland if they played them.

    This team quit in overtime. It’s embarrassing to say you believed they had finally turned a corner and built a team from the ground up.

    Their offense is still incapable of scoring touchdowns. Their defense is clearly a fraud. If I was an offensive coordinator, I’d throw deep and count on their cornerbacks to interfere. they will get flagged 80% of the time.

    I think the players are turning on Zimmer. This is going to get ugly. Don’t be surprised is Zimmer and Spielman are fired after the season.

    Enjoy another 5-10 years of easy division championships, packer fans.

  36. and to other vikings fans:

    please shut up. it’s embarrassing reading comments from vikings fans implying Rodgers has somehow “lost it” when he throws 4 TDs a game, even after 3 straight embarrassing losses. know how bad the vikings are? the packers are using a receiver at RB and he is more effective than 2 experienced viking running backs. accept the reality that the packers are the kings of the division and the vikings just got a fluke win last year because jordy nelson was injured.

    Cowboys-Packers in the NFC Championship game this year. Don’t be surprised if Packers win it, because Rodgers plays lights out in indoor stadiums.

  37. I think the players are turning on Zimmer. This is going to get ugly. Don’t be surprised is Zimmer and Spielman are fired after the season.

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    What do you expect? He threw his offensive line under the bus saying they sucked and scapegoated Sam Bradford. The guy is clueless and no coaches ever do that.

  38. cheeseisfattening says:
    Nov 6, 2016 5:32 PM
    No worries, Zim has things fixed. After all it is not like he has out of shape fat player or players who have lost it.
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    No? Well, he’s fat and he’s lost it. Does that count?

  39. Do we get anything back in that Bradford trade if it turns that he’s terrible? Because he’s terrible.

  40. stellarperformance says:
    Nov 6, 2016 4:43 PM
    codytha035 says:
    Nov 6, 2016 4:32 PM
    that fake viking horn that someone pretends to blow in to hype the crowd is so corny
    ////////////////////////////

    Agreed. But not as bad as the overhead two-handed clap they tried to steal from the Icelandic soccer fans. The way they stumble through it, it looks like a bunch of drunks trying to high-five themselves.
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    Pot – Kettle : A Packer fan accusing people of looking like they are drunk.

  41. Golden Tate embarrassed 3 of the four members of the Vikings starting secondary on the game winning TD……they seriously looked like the Bad News Bears out there (pre-Kelly Leak). Rhodes throwing his shoulder at air two feet from the sideline, Harrison Smith getting stiff-armed into the turf, and Sendejo getting posterized at the goal line. Too funny.

  42. Roll back the tape 3 weeks and let me ask the Packers’ faithful:

    How many of you would have bet any amount of your hard-earned dollars that MN would lose on the road at Chicago? Or at home to Detroit?

    Sure you like to talk big now, but none of you would have made that bet when the Vikings were 5-0. None of you.

  43. Vikings offense couldn’t score a TD against Seattle in 2 games last year…this year their defense is going through growing pains…..welcome to the NFL. Seahawks have put in their time…not easy to make it through a whole season with a true identity.

  44. johnnytarr says:
    Nov 6, 2016 5:47 PM
    Pot – Kettle : A Packer fan accusing people of looking like they are drunk.
    /////////////////////////////////////

    As a professional would assess an amateur. It’s not hard to see the difference when you’re dealing with Viking fans that become totally wasted after three beers.

  45. The Patriots will feast on any of these NFC teams…. Well, maybe the Cowboys can give them a game….

  46. Defense didn’t play bad, they held the Lions under 17 points in regulation. That should be a win for any NFL team. The offense is terrible, and Stafford just did Stafford things at the end of the game.

  47. Rock n Skol says:
    Nov 6, 2016 6:11 PM
    Roll back the tape 3 weeks and let me ask the Packers’ faithful:

    How many of you would have bet any amount of your hard-earned dollars that MN would lose on the road at Chicago? Or at home to Detroit?

    Sure you like to talk big now, but none of you would have made that bet when the Vikings were 5-0. None of you.
    ////////////////////////////////

    I don’t know if you can go back into archives on this site, but I called both those games and said so on this site. The Vikings are overrated and lucky.

  48. Zimmer let the team down today. The much-maligned offense drove to the game-winning touchdown and then Zimmer had his great defense play not to lose with 23 seconds left. If you rush three guys, the quarterback is going to have all day to find an open receiver. Anyone could have seen that would happen. I’m not surprised the team quit on him in overtime. That should have been a wonderful comeback victory and instead it’s probably one of the must frustrating losses in a long history of frustrating losses. They have no chance of winning next week. None. If I were them, I’d forfeit the game so as not to get any more injuries.

  49. The Patriots will feast on any of these NFC teams…. Well, maybe the Cowboys can give them a game….

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    Falcons are decent too. Falcons or Cowboys are the only good NFC teams this year.

  50. tqaztec says:
    Nov 6, 2016 4:24 PM
    Packers win again.
    ))))))))))))))))))))
    Let the beatings begin in wisconsin another packers loss. That is now a record of 8-10 in the last 18 regular season games for the packers. And another home loss for the packers.

  51. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    Nov 6, 2016 4:31 PM
    The Vikings have lost to the two worst teams in the NFC, the Bears and now the lucky Lions who are easily still just as bad as the Bears if not worse (Bears beat them.)

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    The Lions have won 2 in a row and beat the division leaders, you know, that team that beat the Packers. The Packers lost 2 in a row, when we were promised last year, that a healthy Rodgers/Nelson combo all but guarantees a Super Bowl birth. The Vikings have lost 3 in a row and still have a 1.5 game lead over the Packers. Let all that sink in. Other than calling the Bears are one of the worst teams in the NFC, everything you said, as always, is wrong.

  52. nyneal says:
    Nov 6, 2016 4:28 PM

    Ha ha ha ha …. There you go Vikings fans! Thanks for making my day Vikings !!!!
    ))))))))))))))))))))
    Still better than you packers. And your 8-10 record in the last 18 regular season games for the packers is brutal. That includes the 23 call 4 point win game in Jacksonville. And the Lions game last year.Or you would be 6-12. But in the minds of the packers fans the packers are still elite.

  53. The Vikings and Packers both stink right now. But, as a Packers fan, here’s what I know:

    Packers: 13 world championships — more than anyone
    Vikings: Zero championships

    So it’s still great to be a Packers fan!

  54. stellarperformance says:
    Nov 6, 2016 6:24 PM

    I don’t know if you can go back into archives on this site, but I called both those games and said so on this site. The Vikings are overrated and lucky.

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    You also say the Vikings will lose every game. You guaranteed a Packer win over the Vikings the last 2 meetings. You probably guaranteed a Packers victory today. Even a broken clock (you) is right twice a day.

  55. nyneal says:
    Nov 6, 2016 7:56 PM
    The Vikings and Packers both stink right now. But, as a Packers fan, here’s what I know:

    Packers: 13 world championships — more than anyone
    Vikings: Zero championships

    So it’s still great to be a Packers fan!

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    Another example of Packer fans always wanting to live in the past, because the future is not so bright.

  56. The Vikings stink. They’re an 8-8 football team. Somehow fans thought that Sam Bradford would cover the warts of missing a starting QB, RB, LT, RT, LG, and C. That’s 54.5% of their starting offense. So many 3 and outs that, that “vaunted” defense is a little tired. Sorry vikes fans, not this year. Not rubbing it in, just stating the reality. The law of averages is finally playing itself out. You can only lose so many players before it catches up with you.

  57. Packers: 13 world championship

    )))))))))))))))

    Modern era 4 Super Bowls nothing more. The 6 team league championships were great but not “World Champions”. Don’t get it twisted.

  58. Not buying into the gloom and doom. I will say if Norv Turner can leave the building, then so can Walsh. Unless the team is unable to sign a kicker because of money? With 8-games left? Come on.

    The offensive line looked better today. Bradford was ok (good enough to win this one) and and WRs showed some life. Still no running game and bad clock management hurt the Vikings. Are the issues on defense because of Stafford’s great play?

    I think they’ll fight their way out of this spin. It will be enjoyable to watch the Thanksgiving game if the Vikings can return to some kind of form. They won’t go 12-4, but it isn’t over yet.

    .

  59. The Offense looked better but the Defense decided to take the day off!
    Why in the world would they go for it on 4th and one when they just got stopped on 3rd down plus they had gotten stopped on 4th and goal on the 1 in Philly?
    Also usually when there are only a few seconds left why in the world would you go into a prevent defense? allowing for 20 and 30 yard gains? BAD BAD BAD play calling. Bradford had a pretty good day at 73% and it is nice to see Patterson involved, even tho he dropped a sure game willing touchdown!

  60. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Nov 6, 2016 9:06 PM

    That was some kind of massive choke out there today.
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    Yes, but please comment about your meat packers on their own threads.

  61. The Vikings played poorly in all aspects of the game, especially poor tackling.

    But, in a game when the announcers are repeatedly saying “Hochuli’s crew is letting them play” in regard to not calling numerous plays that should have been holding or pass interference, they all of a sudden call a ticky-tack call against the Vikings on an incomplete 3rd down pass to keep the drive alive for the Lions. The Vikings blew too chances today, but the officiating needs to be consistent.

  62. The Packers have the EASIEST schedule in the 32 team League, You have still lost more than the Vikings who have the 18th, and you have the gall to say WE STINK?
    Some people shouldn’t have passed 5th grade. Must be easy
    in the W States….

  63. Glad my hard-earned tax money working two jobs went to that playground for millionaires that can’t kick an extra point, or make a tackle on a WR when the game was on the line. Thanks Dayton!

  64. lambeaudungbarn says:
    Nov 7, 2016 1:49 AM
    The Packers have the EASIEST schedule in the 32 team League, You have still lost more than the Vikings who have the 18th, and you have the gall to say WE STINK?
    Some people shouldn’t have passed 5th grade. Must be easy
    in the W States….
    ____________________
    In listening to Mike & Mike this morning I heard an interesting stat. The EASIEST schedule crap that you preach has almost totally flipped from last season. Happens every year. There is no such thing as the easiest schedule. The vikings lost to the Bears. Easy is relative anymore, but thanks for playing.

  65. Anyone calling for Zim’s head are the same hypocrites who praised him the last two years. The second there are some bumps in the road, people panic.
    Zim is doing a great job. If the O-line blocks and we have a consistent kicker, the team could be undefeated. I stress could because we don’t know for sure.
    Not everything is perfect.

  66. This loss is ALL on walsh. God, I HATE this idiot!!!!

    11 7

    Like hell, it is. the mighty viking defense left the middle of the field wide open for Stafford to exploit so Prater could tie the game, in regulation. Then, in OT, they allowed the Lions to march down the field at will. Schmitt should have knocked Tate out of bounds after the catch. At least it would have postponed the TD and a Lions’ win for a play.

  67. Like hell, it is. the mighty viking defense…

    ))))))))))))))))
    Kendricks didn’t play and Captain left early. I think if they are back they win in Detroit. It won’t come down to a 58 yard FG by Prater.

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