TIM AND MIKE: Week 7 observations

Zeroes: The zeroes on the scoreboard that showed the game was over with a 42-30 win for the Vikings weren’t the only ones that told a big part of the story for Sunday’s game. There were these crucial zeroes for the defense: Sacks, 0; interceptions, 0; fumble recoveries, 0; passes defensed, 0. – Mike O’Hara

Edge pressure: The Vikings edge duo of Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen were a handful for Detroit all game. When it was all said and done, Hunter ended up with eight quarterback pressures, two quarterback hits and a sack. Griffen registered seven hurries, one hit and a sack. – Tim Twentyman

Drive time: The Vikings picked up where the Packers left on in putting scoring drives together on the Lions’ defense. The Packers scored a touchdown and field goal on their last two possessions in last week’s game. The Vikings scored on six of their first eight offensive possessions. That makes it eight out of 10 in the last two games. – Mike O’Hara

Attacking the corners: Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins was very good Sunday, but he had particular success throwing at Detroit’s top three cornerbacks – Darius Slay, Justin Coleman and Rahsaan Melvin. He was 13-of-18 for 236 yards with two touchdowns for a passer rating of 151.4. It’s hard to play man coverage as long as the Lions are asking their corners to play when there’s no pressure being generating from the front seven. –Tim Twentyman

10 to 1: Those numbers sound like odds, but they really show the differential in another key stat. The Vikings had 10 rushing first downs. The Lions had one. That’s not a misprint. One rushing first down. – Mike O’Hara

View photos from the Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Week 7 game at Ford Field on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 in Detroit.

Stafford on point: Wide receiver Danny Amendola recorded his second 100-yard receiving game of the season and the Lions have now have a 100-yard receiver in every game this year – Kenny Golladay (2), Amendola (2), Marvin Jones Jr. (1) and tight end T.J. Hockenson (1). Stafford was particularly efficient Sunday targeting his top three receivers. He completed 19 of his 25 passes to Golladay, Jones and Amendola for 229 yards with four scores and an interception. That comes out to a 126.5 passer rating. – Tim Twentyman

Disappointing performance: Detroit’s defensive line was supposed to be a strength entering the season, but due to injuries and inconsistent individual performances, it’s turned out to be a weakness early on. Detroit received no sacks, only two quarterback hits – both from defensive end Romeo Okwara – and just one tackle for loss (defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson) from that unit Sunday. Their top graded player upfront by Pro Football Focus was defensive lineman Kevin Strong Jr., who had two tackles and three quarterback hurries. Detroit had just five hurries all game from their defensive line. – Tim Twentyman

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