TIM AND MIKE: Week 14 observations

Moving up: Detroit's loss Sunday in Minnesota, coupled with Atlanta's win over Carolina, means the Lions have currently moved up into the top five in the 2020 draft and would hold the No. 5 overall pick behind Cincinnati (1-12), New York Giants (2-10), Washington (3-10) and Miami (3-10) if the draft were today. – Tim Twentyman

Stretching out: The Vikings used the Kirk Cousins to Stefon Diggs combination to stretch their lead Sunday the same way they did in the first win over the Lions in Week 7. A 44-yard completion in the last minute of the first half Sunday set up a TD that made the score 17-0. In Week 7, a 66-yard completion with 1:55 left in the game put the Vikings in position to score the clinching TD in a 42-30 win. – Mike O'Hara

Not helping his cause: Lions quarterback David Blough was sacked five times Sunday and hit eight times total. Of those five sacks, Pro Football Focus credited Blough with being the culprit on three, running out of the pocket and into a sack or holding the ball too long in order to allow defenders to converge on him. Left tackle Taylor Decker and tight end Jesse James were credited with allowing the other two sacks. – Tim Twentyman

Short stuff: If it looked like the Vikings were determined to keep the Lions' offense from getting any big plays, it's because they were. The Lions had two plays of 20 yards or longer – a 20-yard catch and run by running back Bo Scarbrough in the third quarter, and a 23-yard completion to tight end Jesse James with 4:10 left in the game. – Mike O'Hara

Target rich: Not many teams decide to challenge Lions Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay the way the Vikings did Sunday. Cousins threw at Slay 10 times and completed eight of those for 128 yards for a 118.8 passer rating. To be fair, Diggs made two great catches with Slay in pretty good coverage, including the 44-yarder at the end of the half, but Minnesota challenged Slay and had success doing so. – Tim Twentyman

Everson Griffen – again: Danielle Hunter had a big day for the Vikings with three sacks, but there was still room for Everson Griffen to continue being a nemesis to Lions' quarterbacks. He had one sack, giving him 13 in the last 13 games against the Lions and at least one sack in 11 of the last 13 games. – Mike O'Hara

Starting prowess: Veteran cornerback Rashaan Melvin was active Sunday but did not play in the game. Rookie Amani Oruwariye got the start and played in 77 percent of the defensive snaps. It was the third straight start for the Lions' fifth-round pick this offseason. Oruwariye was thrown at just once, but it resulted in a 9-yard touchdown catch by Bisi Johnson. – Tim Twentyman

Disruptive presence: Defensive tackle Mike Daniels battled a foot injury for half the season, but is finally healthy. He had by far his best game of the year against the Vikings. He played in 53 snaps, 23 more than his previous high of 30 in Arizona Week 1. He was Detroit's highest graded defender by PFF and finished with five tackles, one tackle for loss and three quarterback hurries. – Tim Twentyman

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