MINNEAPOLIS – The Detroit Lions had led in every game this season leading up to Sunday's Week 14 contest against the Vikings, but that streak ended in Minnesota as the Vikings dominated from opening kickoff to final whistle, recording a 20-7 victory.
The loss is the sixth straight for the Lions and their ninth in their last 10 contests. They fall to 3-9-1 on the season and are guaranteed a last place finish in the NFC North. The Vikings improved to 9-4.
It was a tough day all around for the Lions – offense, defense and special teams.
Detroit's offense totaled just 231 yards and had just 70 on the ground.
The defense gave up 354 yards and 22 first downs. The Vikings passed for 242 yards and rushed for another 121.
Even the reliable Matt Prater missed a 45-yard field goal in an off day all around for the Lions.
QB comparison: It was a tough outing for Blough after an impressive debut last week against the Bears.
Blough completed 24 of his 40 passes for 205 yards with that late touchdown to Golladay, but he also had two interceptions, including one in the Vikings end zone that ended the game. He finished with a passer rating of 60.9.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins entered the game with the league's highest passer rating (111.9). He had another solid outing Sunday. The former Michigan State Spartan was 24-of-30 passing for 242 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. He finished with a 111.4 passer rating.
View photos from the Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings Week 14 game at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 in Minneapolis.
Promising trend: Defensive end Trey Flowers continued his good stretch of ball, recording a sack in the fourth quarter, which was his sixth sack in his last six games.
Flowers recorded three tackles, a sack, a quarterback hit and tackle for loss in the contest.
Worrisome trend: Detroit pass rushers not named Flowers have struggled to consistently rush the passer all season. Detroit's 24 sacks entering Sunday were the fifth fewest in the NFL this season.
Cousins had a clean pocket nearly all day. Flowers' fourth-quarter sack was the only one of the game for the Lions, and Detroit defenders hit Cousins just twice all game.
Finding more of a pass rush is obviously something the Lions have to address this offseason.
Injury report: Right tackle Rick Wagner injured a knee in the second half and did not return. He was replaced by Tyrell Crosby.
Running back Bo Scarbrough (ribs) and safety Tracy Walker were injured in the second half. Walker returned, but Scarbrough did not.
Defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson (shoulder) and linebacker Jarrad Davis (ankle) were both injured for the Lions in the first half, but both returned to action, though Davis left again in the second half with the same injury and did not return.
Up next: vs. Tampa Bay