Another big game for Kirk Cousins as Vikings top Lions

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Three weeks ago, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was the subject of such withering criticism that some wondered how he could possibly remain in Minnesota — other than that his guaranteed contract gave the Vikings little choice.

In the NFL, a lot can change in three weeks.

Cousins had his third consecutive excellent game today in Detroit, leading the Vikings to a 42-30 win over the Lions. Cousins completed 24 of 34 passes for 337 yards and four touchdowns, with no turnovers and no sacks.

Dalvin Cook also had an excellent game, running for 142 yards and scoring the game-clinching touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and the Lions’ defense struggled all day. They simply couldn’t get a stop when they needed one.

That wasted a big game from Lions receiver Marvin Jones, who caught four touchdown passes and would have been the star of the day if his teammates on defense could have done more. Instead, Jones will have a big day for fantasy players but a day that didn’t help his team win.

The Vikings are now on a three-game winning streak and, at 5-2, are just a game behind the Packers in the NFC North.

The Lions are 2-3-1 and in last place in the division. Detroit has dug a deep hole as the season nears its halfway point, and it’s hard to see them digging out.

88 responses to “Another big game for Kirk Cousins as Vikings top Lions

  1. Did you guys notice how much vegas and the NFL stayed out of this one for the most part?

    Consistent officiating on both sides. Refs felt some pressure this game lol. They tried to get every. single. call. right.

  2. As a Vikings fan, I’m far less concerned with Cousins than I am with Rhodes…Jones is a good receiver, but today wasn’t much different than what Rhodes had looked like all season…Waynes isn’t doing much better either.

  3. I’m glad Cousin’s could respond to the week 2 debacle in Green Bay with style and grace. Even I had lost hope. Now look at him — 3 games which he just owned the offense. Now we see what finally happens with you can compliment the run game with a truly dangerous passing attack. At the beginning of the Cousin’s era, you would never expect them to convert those third downs.

    I would have flipped if the refs would have overturned that PI in the end zone, but otherwise the refs didn’t become a dramatic issue.

    And what about Johnson stepping up as receiver? Nice game.

    The big downside to this game was the disappearance of our defense..

  4. Having seen Adrian Peterson all of the amazing years he had here in Minnesota…I’ve never seen a RB who can bounce out of large piles of men converging on him the way Dalvin Cook does. It’s absolutely insane.

  5. Cousins looked great. Stefanski understanding play action pass roll outs much better than 7 step drops. But what is Zimmer doing with the defense? Sure, you can say Rhodes was getting beat. But whatever happened to being aggressive and putting pressure on QB?! I saw a 3rd and 18 that had safeties playing 25 yards deep. Very disappointed with the defensive play calls today, all game long.

  6. Cousins is on fire right now, keep it up good win. All the remaining divisional game are at home. Skol!

  7. As a Lions fan I couldn’t even be mad about this loss just mad about our poor defense. Otherwise this is the first game we actually got outplayed and deserved to lose. Every other game was officiating blunders or last second mistakes to give away a game in which we led. Vikings look unstoppable. Lot better than the Pack and Bears. This whole division is no joke

  8. The offense is fine, but I’m worried about the defense. Too many blown assignments and coverages. Too much playing soft and waaay to many dumb penalties. Tighten it up quick or there’s real trouble ahead.

  9. At least the Vikings didn’t need the refs to beat the Lions, unlike some team that can only beat another team BECAUSE of the refs. Looking at you ,Cheaters-er-Packers!

  10. papacrick says:
    October 20, 2019 at 4:38 pm
    As a Lions fan I couldn’t even be mad about this loss just mad about our poor defense. Otherwise this is the first game we actually got outplayed and deserved to lose. Every other game was officiating blunders or last second mistakes to give away a game in which we led. Vikings look unstoppable. Lot better than the Pack and Bears. This whole division is no joke

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    Dude, that’s Matt Patricia over there, he falls of the Patriot tree! Lions are gonna be good in years to come, much respect for your squad hang in there.

  11. I’m exclusively a Seahawks fan now. Patricia is a garbage coach. His Defense is trash. Fire Caldwell!!!

  12. Looks like dedicating to the run early on paid off. If only the impatient vikings fans would have bit their toungues, now they’re back on the bandwagon eating their words.

  13. NFCN referee-adjusted standings:

    Packers ….. 5-2
    Vikings ….. 5-2
    Bears ……. 3-2
    Lions ……. 3-2-1

  14. Cousins has ten touchdowns and nearly a thousand yards the past three games with only one interception (which bounced off Diggs’ hands). If Cousins keeps playing like this and our two-headed running attack of Cook & Mattison dominate on the ground, this team will be hard to stop on offense. The biggest concern now is can Zimmer fix the defensive backs? Rhodes, Waynes and company got torched today.

  15. Matthew Stafford is a really good QB and a couple of their WRs are lethal. Not until the last two min was I sure my Vikes would pull out a win.

  16. thefiesty1 says:
    October 20, 2019 at 4:58 pm
    Yawn! It was only the Lions!
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    The same Lions that the Packers needed the entire referee crew to make phantom calls in order to beat?

    I thought so….

  17. tokyosandblaster says:
    “Did the “world class” Vikings defense really allow this lions team to score for more (real) TDs than the Packers defense did?
    That’s what we call a trash defense.”
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    It was a “real” game with no ref collusion. So, there’s that.

  18. Kudos to the Lions who fought hard all day. I was glad to get the win and have to give credit for to the Lions for making our defense look bad. They exploited weaknesses and ran some well designed plays that got men open. Fortunately our offense was outstanding today. I am always glad to get a win in an away divisional game. But I really think The Lions are better than their record.

  19. tokyosandblaster says:
    October 20, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Did the “world class” Vikings defense really allow this lions team to score for more (real) TDs than the Packers defense did?

    That’s what we call a trash defense.
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    The Lions actually beat the Packers and everyone in the world knows it except Packers fans

  20. tokyosandblaster says:
    October 20, 2019 at 5:02 pm
    Did the “world class” Vikings defense really allow this lions team to score for more (real) TDs than the Packers defense did?

    That’s what we call a trash defense.
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    When the referees aren’t your crutch the whole game they are a tough team to handle. You should try it sometime.

  21. All this talk about how great Cousins has been for the last few weeks is priceless.
    You Vikings fans realize that this has been his motive his ENTIRE career right!?!!
    Playing just good enough to keep the wolves from howling any louder.
    Don’t worry, in a few more weeks he’ll be right back to where he was last month and you’ll be back to screaming about his 84 million dollar contract.
    Meanwhile another year will slip by…..

  22. Once again, the Lions put no pressure whatsoever on the quarterback. Just like Rodgers on Monday night, Cousins had all day to throw.
    The Lions offense is pretty good, and they’re not bad on the back end, but the front seven just doesn’t hold up it’s end.
    Matt Stafford is the real deal. Smart, talented, and tough as nails. It’s hard not to root for him. Polar opposite of Cousins.

  23. tokyosandblaster says:
    October 20, 2019 at 5:02 pm
    Did the “world class” Vikings defense really allow this lions team to score for more (real) TDs than the Packers defense did?

    That’s what we call a trash defense.

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    Why do you even care? Tell us all why would love to hear it. C’mon tell us, we all are dying to know.

  24. Man vikings got away with at least 5 holding calls 3 pass interference calls and other non calls and still gave up 30 points even with the officials in your back pocket wow

  25. jhtobias says:
    October 20, 2019 at 5:50 pm
    Man vikings got away with at least 5 holding calls 3 pass interference calls and other non calls

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    Packas fans still the lamest trolls on PFT. SERIOUSLY YOU WATCHED THE GAME? So youd rather watch the vikes than your beloved A A Ron……in your head in your head Zombie Zombie

  26. To the person who said the front seven didn’t hold up their end, you are right but they are essentially without their starting tackles. They still held the middle pretty well, but obviously not good enough.

  27. bigdaddyrockytop says:
    October 20, 2019 at 5:56 pm
    vikingsftw says:
    October 20, 2019 at 4:21 pm
    This is the year….SUPER BOWL SKOL!!!

    Said no one ever after beating the last place Lions!

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    So this validates the Packas win? Vikes did it without favoritism on the road, Packas at Lameblow!………..lol

  28. nfcnorthrivals says:
    October 20, 2019 at 5:20 pm
    Wow the vikings beat another team under 500, I’m impressed

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    Wow the packers have only beat one team over 500, I’m impressed (eye roll)

  29. Our resident Viking fans are back on the bandwagon AND love Cousins? Vikings must be winning again…

  30. marvin1958 says:
    “Our resident Viking fans are back on the bandwagon AND love Cousins? Vikings must be winning again…”
    ——-
    They are winning. Fair & square.

  31. ragnarthegreat says:
    October 20, 2019 at 5:59 pm
    To the person who said the front seven didn’t hold up their end, you are right but they are essentially without their starting tackles. They still held the middle pretty well, but obviously not good enough.
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    Pressure starts off the edge.
    Great fronts also push up the middle so the quarterback can’t climb the pocket.
    The Lions are getting nothing off the edge, and don’t blitz a lot.
    That’s zero pass rush, neither by players or scheme. Got to figure Patricia would blitz more if he had the backers to get it done, and the guys to play some behind it.
    Don’t think being down DT’s does much but make a bad situation worse.

  32. Props to the Lions. That team never gives up, and that offense can give any defense in the league fits. Minnesota doesn’t give up that many points very often, so it shows just how good the Lions offense can be.

    This article says the Lions defense was bad, but so to was the Vikings defense. Sure they got some sacks, but Rhodes and Waynes are becoming a liability. Neither one plays the ball often, and it usually ends in either a long catch, a defensive holding, or a PI. For every one good play, they have a handful of bad ones. I’d try and trade Rhodes at the deadline, and let Waynes walk after the season in free agency unless some team offers you a draft pick for him.

    Hughes will only get better, Hill will continue to improve, then there is the draft and free agency/trades that you can look at. Good game by both offenses, and both defenses need work.

  33. Anyone notice that every other QB in the division, and even the greats in the league like Brady and Brees never show up their receivers when they throw an incomplete pass? Erin ALWAYS blames the receiver even when he makes a bad throw. The biggest Diva in the league hands down.

  34. Here we go again. Vikes win a few games and their fans get all lathered up. Don’t you Skolers ever learn?

  35. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    October 20, 2019 at 6:47 pm
    Anyone notice that every other QB in the division, and even the greats in the league like Brady and Brees never show up their receivers when they throw an incomplete pass? Erin ALWAYS blames the receiver even when he makes a bad throw. The biggest Diva in the league hands down.

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    Dont care about Discount Double Check or the Green Bay Packas until they come to The Bank. 3 weeks ago the Bears were winning the division and Mr. Biscuit was gonna be the MVP. My how things change.

  36. merde4brains says:
    October 20, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    NFCN referee-adjusted standings:

    Vikings ….. 5-2
    Lions ……. 4-2-1
    packers ….. 4-3
    Bears ……. 3-2
    //////////////
    There I fixed it for you. I didn’t see the Raiders game today just the score.

  37. 59 years of mediocrity says:
    October 20, 2019 at 5:18 pm
    All this talk about how great Cousins has been for the last few weeks is priceless.
    You Vikings fans realize that this has been his motive his ENTIRE career right!?!!
    Playing just good enough to keep the wolves from howling any louder.
    Don’t worry, in a few more weeks he’ll be right back to where he was last month and you’ll be back to screaming about his 84 million dollar contract.
    Meanwhile another year will slip by…..

    __________________

    First NFl QB in history to have 130.0 passer rating or more in 3 straight games. Not even St A A Ron has done that.

    Next

  38. A lot of weird Packer fan comments. Not sure how you take Cousins last 3 games and somehow try and twist it into something bad. He’s been outstanding. It really is that simple. Oh, and the article was about Cousins, not Rodgers.

  39. For those posting ref adjusted records, without a couple of ( the league is cracking down on) offensive PI calls, Minnesota beats GB. 6-1.

  40. This is what they paid Cousins to do, make throws, rely on the running game and defense. He has been dropping dimes as of late, hope he keeps it up.

  41. Knowing Cousins, 3 game streak is pushing it, we’re due to see the other Kirk Cousins next week. Also it’s a night primetime game, we know which Kirk shows up to those.

  42. likuidsmoke says:
    October 20, 2019 at 7:26 pm
    Knowing Cousins, 3 game streak is pushing it, we’re due to see the other Kirk Cousins next week. Also it’s a night primetime game, we know which Kirk shows up to those.

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    But what if he doesnt? What will you post then? Simpltons always trying to calidate a Packas win. When the Vikes beat the Raiders its your team cant beat a team above .500 BUT…….if the overrated glorified Packas do the samething its some how better. GTFO with your entitlement, Packas fan you entitlement means nothing get over yourselves.

  43. The Vikings got a great win and played very well yet a significant portion of Vikings fans comments are about the Packers. I don’t understand Vikings fans psyche.
    When there’s a Packers article, there are nearly as many Vikings fans trolling the article as Packers fans commenting.
    Why are the Packers so very deep in Vikings fans heads? Is it because the Vikings have never won anything that matters while the Packers have 4 Superbowl wins and 13 total NFL titles?

  44. secondgenameriacan says:
    October 20, 2019 at 7:48 pm
    The Vikings got a great win and played very well yet a significant portion of Vikings fans comments are about the Packers. I don’t understand Vikings fans psyche.
    When there’s a Packers article, there are nearly as many Vikings fans trolling the article as Packers fans commenting.
    Why are the Packers so very deep in Vikings fans heads? Is it because the Vikings have never won anything that matters while the Packers have 4 Superbowl wins and 13 total NFL titles?
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    And yet, here you are…..

  45. I wasn’t certain if I had paid the referees enough to assure victory at Lambeau today, but they sure came through didn’t they? I wish I’d thought of this years ago! Rodgers schmodgers!

  46. My Pats don’t play until tomorrow night so I watched this entire game. The Vikings appear to be a far improved team from the one I watched a few weeks ago. Impressed with how much better their o-line looks compared to early in the season.

    The Lions are a MUCH better team than their record suggests. Solid on both sides of the ball and Stafford made some incredibly throws today. This season’s incarnation of the Lions is a testament to how important a little luck is in the NFL. They could easily be a 5-1 team. Contrast them with the packers, a team that probably should be 3-4 right now but has had the fortune to play against the Bears and Vikings on days where their quarterbacks were horrendously bad and a game being handed to them by the officials.

    Regardless, I was impressed with both teams today. Lions still have time to regroup and get to the playoffs. For the Vikings, if this is how their offensive line and Cousins are going to play the rest of the way (a big “if”), they look like a team with legit SB aspirations.

  47. Got to feel a little for the lions. They looked as if they might have that something this year but the absence of a running game and especially the home cooking in Green Bay appears to have taken its toll. Really think that jobbing by the refs in Green Bay stung deep.

  48. World Class win…lot of home games ahead and the team is rolling. Have a hunch GB with all it’s away games coming up slide into a 3rd place hole. Props to Detroit for not giving up and scoring 4 TDs against a top 5 defense.

  49. Great road game against a very good team. After being robbed by the refs last week I expected the Lions would be fired up & they were. Stafford looked very good again & we scored more points to secure the W. Great calls by the offensive coaches. Short week to get ready for the Redskins on Thursday night. Skol Vikes!

  50. tokyosandblaster says:

    Did the “world class” Vikings defense really allow this lions team to score for more (real) TDs than the Packers defense did?
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    The Vikes beat the Lions by 12 on the road.

    Your Packers needed a last second, referee enhanced FG to win by 1 point at home.

    The Packers needed to cheat to win at home, and you’re trying to brag about them?

    Btw, we beat the Raiders by 20 and only allowed them 14 points.

    We also beat Philly by 18…

  51. So disappointed. My gut tells me that my Lions are a better team this year, but I do not see it on the scoreboard. The paper lion run defense and extremely poor tackling are killing our season. Also, Minny is a real good team, they might be waking up to give the less-than pack a good fight. I hope so, cuz I am so sick of that whining and crying drama club.

  52. boomboombrown says:
    October 20, 2019 at 4:45 pm
    At least the Vikings didn’t need the refs to beat the Lions, unlike some team that can only beat another team BECAUSE of the refs. Looking at you ,Cheaters-er-Packers!
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    So the Packers are cheaters, huh? Not the refs who actually made the calls?

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