Vikes Defense Stomps Lions
Steven Coursolle | Nov 5, 2018 AT 2:20 am
(AP/KNSI) - It was a historic day for the Minnesota Vikings defense, who went up against the Detroit Lions.
Danielle Hunter had 3.5 of Minnesota's franchise-record 10 sacks and a fourth-quarter fumble return for a touchdown, making for a miserable afternoon for Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions in a 24-9 victory by the Vikings on Sunday.
Hunter, the fourth-year defensive end, also was credited with nine tackles and four quarterback hits as the Vikings (5-3-1) limited the Lions to 214 total yards.
Stafford ran right on the short side of the field and tried a dangerous flip to Kerryon Johnson. The ball fluttered to the turf, and Hunter scooped it up on his way to the easy score.
"I was surprised, I was like why would you try to pitch the ball, but it worked out in our favor so I'm happy with that," said Hunter.
Tom Johnson finished with 2.5 sacks, Everson Griffen recorded 1.5, both Mackensie Alexander and Stephen Weatherly had one each.
Coach Mike Zimmer was pleased after the game with how is defense performed.
"I think the defense played very well, 10 sack a team record, but a lot of that had to do with coverage, I think our guys covered well on the back-end." said Zimmer.
Cook gave the Vikings a boost with 89 yards on 10 carries after missing five of the last six games with a hamstring injury.
70 of those yards came when he busted loose and was clocked at more than 22 mph, faster than Kansas City's Tyreek Hill's touchdown, which surprised him.
"I ran faster than Tyreek, we good, we good, but that's good for them to time that fast, I ain't no slow guy," said Cook.
Adam Thielen's streak of 100-yard receiving games ended at eight in a row, leaving him in a tie for the record with Lions legend Calvin Johnson, but he caught a touchdown pass for the sixth straight game to help Kirk Cousins navigate the absence of fellow standout Stefon Diggs.
Kirk Cousins finished with 164 yards passing on 18/22 with one touchdown and an interception.
Vikings have a bye next week before traveling to Chicago for a big matchup against the Bears.