Lions Offense Overpowers Overrated Vikings in 34-23 Win

Lions Offense Overpowers Overrated Vikings in 34-23 Win

The Detroit Lions This week, the Minnesota Vikings had an extra boost of motivation in their preparations. The Minnesota Vikings had the opportunity to leave Ford Field With a division title under their belts.

Lions head coach Dan Campbell He was trying to avenge a loss against the Vikings earlier in season, which he claimed would haunt him forever. His decisions late in game cost his team an opportunity to defeat a high-quality opponent. Road.

In a divisional Contrast This had extra meaning for both teams. Detroit defeated the Vikings 34-23 in front of a capacity crowd.

Here are five key takeaways from Week 14’s win by the Lions over the Vikings.

Jameson Williams makes a statement in the first quarter of the game

There was a strong sense throughout the week that Detroit’s future is in jeopardy. Talent The rookie was going to be featured more than he was against Jaguars.

After a quiet debut, Williams Ford Field was electrified when he made his first career catch in the field. NFL.

More: Jameson Williams Scores His First Career Touchdown

Detroit benefited from its second drive in Vikings territory after the defense had stopped running. Dalvin Cook Fourth down is a marginal gain.

After a turnover on downs, the next play was by Detroit’s offensive coordinator Ben Johnson Williams was sent down to the middle of the field, dialing up his aggression.

The Vikings defense crossed over, leaving the wideout wide open. He ran into the end zone and scored a 41-yard touchdown.

Vikings have the chance to score their first touchdown with penalties

After gaining momentum, the defense of the Lions was subject to multiple penalties during the Vikings’ next offensive move.

The net Result The Vikings executed a 10-play, 75-yard drive that took up 6:25 in the first quarter.

Safety Kerby Joseph was flagged in the early stages of the defensive holding drive.

Jeff OkudahCook, who was battling an illness, was called for a late touch and questionable pass interference on back to back plays. Cook was able get into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown to tie the game.

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Ben Johnson, the offensive coordinator, will be impressed by explosive plays

This was Detroit’s coaching staff. Week The team would love to see more exciting plays.

Speaking to reporters this week Ben Johnson acknowledged that the offense has seen a decline in explosive plays.

“I love explosive plays. It’s almost like after every drive, one of our young coaches will say, “Hey, that’s a 15-play drive. Or a 12-play drive.” And I’m like, “You know what’s even better than that?” A three-play drive, or a two-play drive that gets you to the end zone.

In the first half Goff On deep touchdown passes, both Williams and DJ Chark were connected.

Detroit’s fifth offensive possession in the first half was set up by Kalif Raymond’s 35-yard punt return. Goff launched a 48 yard pass on the drive’s first play. It connected with Chark. The Lions led 14-7 at the end of the second quarter after the touchdown.

At critical moment, the defense forces of the Lions are taken away

Detroit’s victory was a close call with the Vikings driving late in the second quarter. defense Yet again, he stepped up and made a big deal.

Cousins had led Vikings to the 3-yard line of the Lions, and Cousins was looking to go to halftime with the score tied.

Cook was forced to fumble the football on first-and-goal by Isaiah Buggs, which Joseph eventually recovered.

Joseph has now taken six NFL starts in his rookie campaign.

Aidan Hutchinson and John Cominsky continue to exert their will along defense line. Detroit repeatedly pressured Cousins when Detroit had the opportunity to stall Vikings drives.

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Unsung heroes continue their support for Lions

Two Lions’ players have not received significant attention. Raymond Isaiah Buggs, defensive lineman

Raymond has performed at an excellent level, especially on special team, during the last month of the season.

His 35-yard punt return provided the Lions with decent field position. Detroit’s offense capitalized on a deep touchdown to Chark.

Buggs Since he first set foot in Detroit, he has been a quiet leader.

He was strong on the defensive line and forced a turnover late in the second-half.

The special teams of Detroit have also performed well, especially when it comes to fake punts.

C.J. Moore was able execute a fake punt in the second period, extending an offensive drive that was about to stall.

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