After the Minnesota Vikings missed an extra point attempt late in the first quarter, the Detroit Lions temporarily stole the momentum in the second quarter with 10 unanswered points to cut the Vikings’ lead to 13-10 on a 15 yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Marvin Jones with 1:15 left in the first half.
The Vikings then drove 87 yards and took a 20-10 lead just before the half thanks to a 22 yard pass from Kirk Cousins to former Lion, Ameer Abdullah. The six play drive featured a nifty 29 yard pass to Dalvin Cook, and to be honest, the game was never in doubt after that successful two-minute drill drive.
In the 3rd quarter Cousins found Irv Smith in the end zone for a 1 yard touchdown strike to give the Vikings a comfortable 27-10 cushion. Cousins was 13 of 20 for 220 yards and 3 touchdowns on the day, but it was Dalvin Cook who added his name to the MVP race with 252 total yards. Cook put the nail in the coffin with a 70 yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter, and the Vikings cruised to a 34-20 win at U.S. Bank Stadium. Cook had 206 yards (2 TD) on 22 carries and added another 45 yards on 2 pass receptions.
The Vikings young “bend-don’t-break” defense sacked Stafford twice and Eric Kendricks and Eric Wilson each intercepted Stafford passes for their second consecutive win after the bye week.