DETROIT LIONS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS BY THE NUMBERS
The following are post-game analysis from the Detroit Lions’ 14-7 win against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, October 1, 2017.
LIONS IMPROVE TO 3-1
By defeating the Vikings 14-7 in Week 4, the Lions improved to 3-1 this season, which is the team’s best start to a season since 2014. That season, the Lions also started 3-1 during Head Coach Jim Caldwell’s first year with Detroit.
DETROIT WINS BACK-TO-BACK AND 3 OF PAST 4 AT MINNESOTA
The Lions have now won back-to-back road games at Minnesota for the first time since the 1990-91 seasons. Detroit is now 2-0 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The win also gives Detroit three wins in the past four road games at Minnesota, including wins in 2014 (17-3) at TCF Bank Stadium and in 2017 (22-16 OT) at U.S. Bank Stadium. It is the first time the Lions have won three out of four games at Minnesota since 1990-93.
LIONS VS. MINNESOTA AND NFC NORTH
Under Head Coach Jim Caldwell, the Lions have accumulated an overall record of 5-2 against Minnesota that dates back to the 2014 season. In the NFC North since 2014, the Lions have a 12-7 record (.632) under Caldwell.
CALDWELL’S 30TH WIN
In his 52nd game as the Lions Head Coach, Jim Caldwell led the team to a 14-7 win at Minnesota and recorded his 30th overall win since joining the Lions in 2014. By reaching 30 career wins with the club in 52 games, Caldwell became the fastest Lions head coach to reach 30 career wins since Head Coach Buddy Parker, who recorded 30 wins in 41 games (1951-54).
QB Matthew Stafford
With a start at Minnesota, QB Matthew Stafford started his 100th consecutive game dating back to Week 1 of the 2011 season. He is the first quarterback in team history to start 100-straight games.
Among current quarterbacks, Stafford has become the fourth quarterback (Eli Manning, 203; Phillip Rivers, 181; and Matt Ryan, 119) to compile an active streak of starting 100+ games in the regular season.
LS Don Muhlbach
By playing in the Lions’ 14-7 win at Minnesota, LS Don Muhlbach became the FOURTH player in Lions history to play 200 career games as he TIED LB Wayne Walker (200, 1958-72) for THIRD place on the team’s all-time list.
S Glover Quin
Ninth-year S Glover Quin has now logged 120 consecutive starts, which includes his start in the Lions’ 14-7 win at Minnesota. He holds the longest active streak of consecutive starts among safeties and is second among all defensive backs. He also has played in the fourth-most consecutive games among defensive backs.
The Lions defense limited the Vikings to seven points in the team’s win at Minnesota as they shut out the Vikings in the second half. This was fewest points allowed by the Lions since a 17-3 win at Minnesota October 12, 2014.
Combined with the team’s effort in Week 2 when they allowed just 10 points at the New York Giants, the Lions have now held opponents to 10 or fewer points in back-to-back road games during the same season for the first time since 1977 (Final two road games of 1977; 10 at GB 12/4/77 and 10 at Bal 12/11/77). That season, the Lions compiled a three-game road streak of holding opponents to 10 points or fewer that extended into the first road game of the 1978 season (7 at TB 9/9/78).
The Lions have now allowed 10 or fewer points in the team’s first two road games of the season for the first time since 1971. It is the fifth time the Lions have accomplished this since 1934 (1934, 1936, 1940 and 1971).
The Lions’ defensive effort in the 14-7 win at Minnesota was highlighted by three fumble recoveries, including two by LB Tahir Whitehead and one by DE Anthony Zettel.
With three takeaways at Minnesota, the Lions have now recorded 11 in the first four games of the season for the first time since 2013.
LB TAHIR WHITEHEAD
LB Tahir Whitehead set a new career single-game high with two fumble recoveries in the Lions’ 14-7 win at Minnesota. He now has recovered three fumbles during his career.
Whitehead also led the team with five tackles in the game. He became the first Lions player to register 5+ tackles and 2+ fumble recoveries in a game since LB Stephen Boyd had 11 tackles and 3 fumble recoveries at Chicago October 4, 1998.
LB STEVE LONGA
LB Steve Longa registered the first two tackles of his career in the team’s 14-7 win at Minnesota, finishing with one solo tackle and one assisted tackle. Longa also set a new career single-game high with two special teams tackles as he registered special teams tackles on the Lions’ first punt of the game and on the first kickoff of the game.
Longa combined with CB Nevin Lawson (3 tackles, 2 special teams tackles) to become the first pair of Lions players to each register 2+ tackles on defense and 2+ tackles on special teams since LB Donte’ Currey and S Jon McGraw at Dallas November 20, 2005.
DE ANTHONY ZETTEL
At Minnesota, DE Anthony Zettel set a new career single-game high with two sacks and also registered his first career fumble recovery. Zettel also contributed three total tackles.
His second sack of the game occurred on 3rd-and-Goal when the Vikings were attempting to tie the game with 2:31 left in the fourth quarter. Zettel’s sack was the first by a Lions defensive player with less than 3 minutes to play in the fourth quarter and in a Goal-to-Go situation since LB DeAndre Levy vs. Minnesota December 11, 2011.
Each of Zettel’s sacks resulted in losses of 11 yards, and he became the first Lions defender with two sacks resulting in at least a loss of 11 yards since DE Ezekiel Ansah at Washington September 22, 2013.
Zettel has now recorded sacks in back-to-back games for the first time in his two-year career.
Zettel also turned the ball back over to the Lions with a fumble recovery on the Vikings’ third play of the second half. The fumble recovery led to a Lions field goal.
S MILES KILLEBREW
Against the Vikings, S Miles Killebrew tied a career high with two pass defenses. He also had two pass defenses in the 2017 opener against the Cardinals (9/10).
To begin the season, Killebrew now has at least one pass defense in three of the Lions’ first four games and has total five overall in 2017.
CB NEVIN LAWSON
CB Nevin Lawson tied a career high with two pass defenses in the Lions’ 14-7 win over the Vikings and has now accomplished this in four games. He also registered two special teams tackles, marking his second-career game with 2+ special teams tackles.
Lawson combined those totals with three total tackles to become the first Lions player with 3+ tackles, 2+ special team tackles and 2+ pass defenses in a single game since S Don Carey vs. Atlanta December 22, 2012. Lawson is just the fourth Lions player to accomplish this since the 2002 season.
S GLOVER QUIN
With 1:51 left in the fourth quarter, S Glover Quin forced a Vikings fumble (recovered by the Lions) to seal the game. The forced fumble was Quin’s second of the season, which ties a career single-season high (2012 with Houston).
His forced fumble that resulted in a Detroit recovery was the first by the Lions with less than 2:00 left in the fourth quarter of a win that was decided by 7 points or less since CB Chris Houston vs. Seattle October 28, 2012
RB AMEER ABDULLAH
In the Lions’ 14-7 win, RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for a career-high 94 yards on 20 carries (4.7 avg) and scored on a 3-yard touchdown dive in the third quarter to give the Lions a 14-7 lead following the two-point conversion. Abdullah also added 15 receiving yards on 3 receptions to total 109 yards from scrimmage.
Abdullah gained 100+ scrimmage yards for the second time in his career, and his 109 scrimmage yards were the most since he gained 120 yards from scrimmage at Indianapolis September 11, 2016.
TE DARREN FELLS
TE Darren Fells grabbed 4 receptions for 40 yards in the Lions’ 14-7 win over the Vikings. His four receptions tied a career-single game high, and it was the third time in his career (first with the Lions) he caught four passes in a game.
All four receptions resulted in first-down conversions for the Lions. His four first-down receptions tied a single-season career high.
WR GOLDEN TATE
With three receptions in the Lions’ 14-7 win at Minnesota, WR Golden Tate moved into sole possession of eighth place on the Lions’ all-time receptions list with 304.
P JEFF LOCKE
P Jeff Locke, who played for Minnesota from 2013-16 after being drafted by the Vikings in the 5th Round of 2013 NFL Draft, punted 7 times and averaged 46.4 yards per punt in Week 4 as he accumulated a 44.1 net punting average against his former team.
Locke’s 44.1 net punting average was the second-highest single-game total of his career in a game where he recorded at least 5 punts.
In the fourth quarter, Locke boomed punts of 54, 52 and 47 yards. It marked the second time in his career that he has recorded two 50+-yard punts in the fourth quarter.
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