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DETROIT LIONS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS RECAP 11-4-2018

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DETROIT LIONS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS RECAP 11-4-2018

The following is from the Detroit Lions’ 24-9 loss against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018.

LIONS SCORING PLAYS

  • Second Quarter: K Matt Prater connected on a 35-yard field goal to cap a 15-play, 48-yard drive with 13:16 left in the quarter. The score cut the Vikings lead to 7-3.
  • Second Quarter: K Matt Prater converted a 35-yard field goal to cut the score to 7-6 with 4:45 remaining in the half.
  • Fourth Quarter: K Matt Prater kicked his third field goal of the game, a 37-yarder, with 1:11 left to play.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

LS DON MUHLBACH

  • Appeared in his 220th career game, passing Dominic Raiola (219) for the second-most games played in Lions history. Only Jason Hanson (327) has appeared in more games for the Lions.

CB DARIUS SLAY

  • Recorded his second interception of the season. He now has 10 picks over the last two seasons, the most in the NFL over that span. Slay now owns 16 career interceptions, tying Ray Crockett for the sixth-most interceptions in team history.
  • Has notched 81 pass defenses since entering the NFL in 2013, the most in the NFL during that span.

DE EZEKIEL ANSAH

  • Recorded a sack in his fourth-straight game played (inactive Weeks 2-8), tying the franchise record and his personal best.

DT DAMON HARRISON SR.

  • Tied for the team-lead with six tackles (four solo).
  • Notched his seventh tackle for loss this season, tying his single-season career high.
  • Now leads all NFL defensive tackles with 44 tackles so far this season.

K MATT PRATER

  • Finished 3-of-3 on field goal attempts and totaled nine points scored on the day.
  • This marks Prater’s fourth game this season with nine-or-more points and his third game of three-or-more field goals made.

WR MARVIN JONES JR.

  • Finished with game highs in receptions (six) and receiving yards (66).
  • Logged his 25th game of 50-or-more yards since joining the Lions in 2016.

RB KERRYON JOHNSON

  • Finished with 37 rushing yards and seven receiving yards to produce 44 yards from scrimmage on the day.
  • Recorded at least 40 scrimmage yards for the seventh-straight game.
  • Joined Barry Sanders (1989), Billy Sims (1980) and Mel Farr (1967) as the only players in franchise history to record 500 rushing yards and 150 receiving yards through their first eight career games.

RB THEO RIDDICK

  • Finished with seven receptions for 36 yards.
  • Now has 30 receptions on the season. He is the only active running back to have at least 30 receptions in each of the last five seasons.

Lions Head Coach Matt Patricia
Obviously not a very good game for us out there. I give the Vikings credit, they did a good job. We couldn’t really get anything going on any side of the ball. It took us awhile to get them settled down defensively and get them stopped. They had some big plays against us, which was critical in the game. Offensively, obviously not good enough there. Overall, we had major issues with the pass-rush, passing game and run game. In general, we give them credit, they played better than us all the way across the board. We got to coach it better, play it better and execute it better. We got a lot of work in front of us, we have a lot of work to do, we have to regroup and keep pushing forward. No one really cares what happens today as we go forward. As far as the Bears are concerned, we need to get ready for them. We certainly have a lot of improvement, we got to get everything corrected and we got to play better when we get out on the field. We need to learn and get better as soon as we can.

Q: On what needs to be improved…
A: We are going to go through and evaluate all of it and I think for us, it is going to start with the coaching part of it and whether it’s game planning, just technique or fundamentals. There was a great combination that they did all the way across the board, coverage and rush from that standpoint. I don’t think any one person out there on the field would have made a difference, it’s got to be different all the way across the board as a team and that is what we have to do.

Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford 
Q: Your thoughts on being sacked ten times today when the team has had good protection the rest of the season… 
A: We all have a day like that. The fault is on everybody. I have to get the ball out faster. When you get in the game situation like that, and you are down as many scores as we were late in the game, you are going to put your offensive line in a tough spot. We understand that, but we don’t want that. I can do my part better.

Q: On missing Golden Tate as a safety net for third down plays… 
A: He was a good football player, but he is not our team, so it doesn’t matter. I need to play better, find the players who are getting open, and go from there.

Lions Tackle Taylor Decker
Q: What are your reactions to the Vikings having 10 sacks this game?

A: It was not the performance we wanted. We just have to play better. We know it’s a good defense. We know everybody is going to be challenged, but all we can worry about is our group, and we have to play better.

Lions Running Back Theo Reddick
Q: How comfortable did you feel catching some balls today…

A:  I’m just trying to do whatever I can when my number is called. If they want me to play a little bit of slot then I’ll do it.

Lions Cornerback Teez Tabor
Q: On the season individually…

A: Not playing good. Just keep coming to practice every day.

Lions Wide Receiver Marvin Jones Jr.
Q: On the level of disappointment…

A: It is definitely disappointing, but at the same time, we just have to go out there and execute. We cannot shoot ourselves in the foot. I think we definitely did that today and we just have to get better.

Lions Running Back Kerryon Johnson
Q: How deflating is a loss like that?

Q: What happened on that pitch play? Were you expecting Matt Stafford to pitch it to you?
A: I dropped it. It bounced right off my helmet. I am an NFL athlete, and I am supposed to catch that. He trusted me, and I let him down.

Lions Center/Guard Graham Glasgow
Q: Do the sacks wear on an offensive line?

A: I am not sure, this has never happened to me before. This is something where we need to go back and watch the film. We need to get better, fix our mistakes, so this doesn’t happen again.

Lions Offensive Lineman Frank Ragnow 
Q: Have you ever been in a game where the offensive line let up 10 sacks?

A: No.

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