The Detroit Lions were without starting receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Reggie Bush, but it didn't make a huge difference against Minnesota.
The Lions rode their league-best defense to a dominating win over a struggling Vikings offense, allowing just three points and 197 yards of offense.
Turning Point: Detroit had control throughout this game, but officially sealed it with a Joique Bell goal line touchdown early in the fourth quarter, pushing the lead to 17-0.
Key Stat: The Lions won despite converting just 1-13 third down attempts. They converted 1-2 on fourth down.
Lions MVP: Theo Riddick - The Lions were without a few playmakers in this game, so Riddick had an opportunity to get some extra touches. He took one of his first touches for a 41 yard reception, adding a touchdown catch just minutes later. He led Lions receivers with 75 yards.
Vikings MVP: Jerrick McKinnon - The rookie running back led the Vikings in receiving and rushing in a game that saw Minnesota struggle to get much of anything going. He finished with a team-high 82 yards.
The Lions host the New Orleans Saints in a battle of high-scoring offenses, hoping to have Johnson back for that game. The Vikings head on the road to face the Buffalo Bills.Back to the Detroit Lions Newsfeed