(MINNEAPOLIS, MN) – With a 14-7 divisional win over the Minnesota Vikings, the Detroit Lions have eased into a share of the NFC North lead with Green Bay. It is the team’s best start to a season since 2014.
“I think our guys have been around enough to know that at this point in time it doesn’t mean a whole lot and we just got to keep playing,” said Lions head coach Jim Caldwell. “They don’t hand out any awards at this time of year for anything. … So, we got a lot of work yet to do, and I think our guys clearly understand that.”
The 3-1 Lions were led by QB Matt Stafford, who completed 19 of 31 passes for 209 yards in his 100th consecutive start for Detroit, and RB Ameer Abdullah, with 20 carries for 94 yards, a career high, and 1 touchdown.
The two sides battled it out to a 0-0 draw after 15 minutes and then Lions found themselves down 7-3 at halftime. Detroit’s first possession of the 3rd quarter resulted in a 37-yard field goal by Matt Prater. A fumble recovery by LB Tahir Whitehead on Minnesota’s next set gave Detroit the ball at the Vikings 20 yard line.
Whitehead’s recovery set up a series of downs resulting in Abdullah scoring on a 3-yard run up the middle, which was at first called down outside the end zone. After review the play was reversed and Stafford connected with WR TJ Jones for a 2-point conversion.
A scoreless 4th quarter gave Detroit their 3rd win of the season and a share of 1st place.
The Lions have now won back-to-back road games at Minnesota for the first time since the 1990-91 seasons and are now 2-0 at US Bank Stadium.
Week 5 brings the Carolina Panthers to Ford Field on October 8, with the kickoff at 1pm. Detroit has announced that standing room tickets for the game are now on sale. Availability of general admission and premium seats is limited.
OUA Week 6
Windsor 10 – 54 Queen’s. The Lancers are 0-6. Next game at McMaster in Hamilton. October 14 at 1pm.
NCAA Big 10 Week 5
Michigan bye. The Wolverines are 4-0. Next game vs Michigan State at Michigan Stadium. October 7 at 7:30pm.
Michigan State 17 – 10 Iowa. The Spartans are 3-1. Next game at Michigan at Ann Arbor. October 7 at 7:30pm.