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The lions train Matt Patricia in the second quarter of Sunday in Minneapolis.(Photo: Brad Rempel USA TODAY Sports)

Free Press sports journalist Dave Birkett qualifies the Detroit Lions in his 24-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Attack player

Matthew Stafford had a second consecutive hard game, completing 25 of 36 pbades for 199 yards. He took 10 sacks, and at least a couple of them were because he held the ball too long when he had the chance to throw it. Stafford did not get much help from his offensive line or his receivers, but he did not make any play out of a shot to Kenny Golladay. He was also credited with a loose ball when he made a poorly advised pitch to Kerryon Johnson, and completed 5 of 9 pbades with four sacks on the third attempt.

Grade: F


Johnson said he was to blame for the difficulty of the pitch, and although Stafford should have kept the ball, Johnson had the chance to catch him. The Lions averaged 2.8 yards on the ground as a team, and LeGarrette Blount's 7-yard run was the longest win for an all-day runner. Johnson was not a factor in the pbading game, and although Theo Riddick played much of the game in the slot as a complement to Golden Tate, he limited himself to 36 receiving yards in his seven receptions.

Grade: D

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Wide receivers / tight ends

When you abandon 10 captures, they all play a role. The quarterback, the offensive line and a receiving body that fought to open the field. Marvin Jones had a total of 66 yards and received six receptions, but went to the ground too early to catch a pbad from third and nine rolls of Stafford in the third quarter that was incomplete. The first two captures of the Vikings in the second half were coverage, and the second trip of the Lions' red zone collapsed when a receiver I could not identify did not seem to receive the call for a screen pbad. Golladay had the best catch of the day, lunging for a grip near the sideline, but the Lions did not see Tate.

Grade: D

Matthew Stafford sits on the field next to Rick Wagner, after being sacked by Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) during the first half of the Lions' 24-9 loss on Sunday. (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn, AP)

Offensive line

Ten bags Although not everyone was on the offensive line, there really is not much more to say. Danielle Hunter (3½ sacks) returned to play with Rick Wagner. Taylor Decker fought against Everson Griffen and Stephen Weatherly. Graham Glasgow received two penalties, including a false start in the first and first goal in 4. The Lions were shot in the foot in the red zone (not only the Glasgow penalty, but also four sacks). And they could not ride anything like an early race game when the score was still in doubt.

Grade: F

Defensive line

The Vikings did nothing offensive outside of a surgical opening run and Dalvin Cook's 70-yard run in the second quarter. A & # 39; Shawn Robinson was out of position on Cook's long road, and no one grabbed the Vikings' runner until Glover Quin knocked him down in 10. Robinson also missed a tackle in the backfield in the touchdown run of the game. first quarter of Latavius ​​Murray. Damon Harrison had another strong day with six tackles, including one for a loss, Da & # 39; Shawn Hand gave a third chance pbad in the line of scrimmage and Ziggy Ansah had a sack. Take Cook's long run and the Vikings had 58 yards rushing on their other 22 carries.

Grade: C


Jarrad Davis had a bad day. He made a single tackle and could not get out of a block of right guard Mike Remmers on Cook's long road. Christian Jones tied a season record with six tackles, while Devon Kennard ran out of stools for the third consecutive game and received an illegal call by the face in the opening of the Vikings, giving them first and goal at 4.

Grade: C-less

Defensive back

The Lions will need to take a cornerback to a high place in next year's draft or spend one in free agency, while Teez Tabor continues to fight. Tabor was defeated by Chad Beebe when the Vikings converted a quarter and two on the first drive and were called to pbad interference on a third-chance pbad to Kyle Rudolph in the fourth quarter. Nevin Lawson covered Adam Thielen, the main receiver of the NFL, for most of the game and kept him in four receptions for 22 yards. But Thielen beat Lawson with a back and forth stroke on the goal line for a touchdown, and Lawson received a facial mask penalty later in the game. Even Darius Slay had some difficult moments, as he was defeated twice by third-chance conversions, once by Beebe on an optional first-time route and again in the third quarter with a comeback by Aldrick Robinson. He killed Kirk Cousins ​​in an interception, but Cousins ​​finished the day 18 of the 22 pbades and did not have his No. 2 receiver, Stefon Diggs.

Grade: D

Special teams

The game started badly for the Lions when Sam Martin slipped on the kick-off to give the Vikings a good field position. Tracy Walker, Miles Killebrew and Harrison were called to special teams penalties, the Lions gave a 24-yard punt return to Marcus Sherels, and Brandon Powell was too cautious in his first fair catch in a punt. The Lions converted a false clearance into a direct snap to Tavon Wilson, and Matt Prater made all three field goals.

Grade: C


Matt Patricia had another disappointing performance in what was easily the second worst game of the season for the team, after a Week 1 loss to the New York Jets. They seemed unprepared at the start, when the Vikings marched across the field for an easy score, and had no response to Minnesota's dominant pbading career. I like the creativity that offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter showed to try to make up for the loss of Tate. He mixed and combined the staff, and at one point played three runners on the same play with two, Johnson and Riddick separated. Defensively, it's the same old story in which a failure in the running game is deadly, but it gives credit to Patricia and special teams coach Joe Marciano for calling and executing the punt.

Grade: D

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Contact Dave Birkett: Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.

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