MINNEAPOLIS – Maybe Matthew Stafford should stay home this week.
Stafford completed 16 straight passes at a time in the first half, but threw two costly interceptions in the second half then were assessed for a traumatic brain injury as Detroit Lions lost their ninth consecutive match NFC North, 34- 20, before Minnesota Vikings.
Stafford hadn’t practiced for a whole week after he had close contact with someone infected with COVID-19. He was mostly involved in meetings and for walks, was cleaned up to play on Sunday mornings, and showed little sign of rust for the first 30 minutes even though the Lion’s defense dug a large hole on its own.
But on this season’s theme, the Lions let another game quickly get out of hand.
REACT: The lion was whipped by the Vikings and everyone was ready for Matt Patricia to take an ax
Stafford made interceptions in the red area against the back attack in the third, then was withdrawn at the start of the fourth after his head appeared to collide with his leg. of a defender Vikings on a bag.
Officials briefly halted the match to send Stafford aside, where he spent a few minutes being examined in a blue medical tent before heading to the locker room with two doctors and an official. Security team followed.
Chase Daniel replaces Stafford, throws an intercept and a pass touches the ball.
Dalvin Cook ran 206 yards like all the Vikings but extinguished the Lion’s fleeting hope of playoffs.
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The Lions are trailing 3-5 in the middle of the season, tied for last place at NFC North and losing two games in a row, and facing new questions about Matt Patricia’s future as a coach. head coach.
Lions was 12-27-1 in Patricia’s 2½ season as head coach, win rate of 0.313, which is the worst rate of a Lions coach since Rod Marinelli.
Worse, Lions’s defense – believed to be Patricia’s card – remains one of the worst in the league, and his team continues to show no signs of improvement.
On Sunday, the Vikings (3-5) opened the game with an easy touch pair in five plays, going 67 and 64 yards to take a 13-0 lead. Minnesota achieved at least 5 yards in each attack play on its first two possessions.
Stafford threw imperfect shots in the first and final passes of the first half, but the Lions were still leading 20-10 at halftime when they didn’t have answers to Cook or Minnesota’s pass game.
Kirk Cousins completed nine of 11 169-yard passes and two touches to achieve a perfect midfield streak of 158.3 in the first half. He’s gone 13 in 20 for 220 yards and three taps the ball for the game.
Cook had 252 yards from the tackle in 22 touches, including a pair receiving a big game. Tight finishing Irv Smith caught two short touches of the ball, and former Lions running back Ameer Abdullah scored in a touch ball reception towards the end of the first half.
Stafford completed 23 out of 32 211-yard passes for the Lions, the team that has not won a single game since Week 17 of the 2018 season.
Stafford, who has seven interceptions in eight games this season, faces the possibility of missing out on a second consecutive week of training next week while on NFL concussion protocol. He must have an independent psychiatrist in order to return for next week’s home match against Washington (2-6).
Daniel, in his first appearance as a Lion, completed 8 out of 13 passes that were 94 yards long.
One positive: The lions blocked two Viking blows.
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