1:00 PM ET, October 8, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Trailing by 14 points to start the fourth quarter against hapless Detroit, somebody on the Minnesota Vikings had to put the ball in the end zone.
|Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
Detroit lost its best offensive weapon early in Roy Williams, then blew the game late in the fourth quarter. Along with Williams, the Lions also lost guard Damien Woody.
Minnesota's defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams dominated the already decimated Lions offensive line, stuffing the run and forcing Jon Kitna to go to the air without enough protection and without his best receiver.
The Vikings got great play from their linebackers, forcing Kitna into three interceptions and a fumble.
|John Clayton's blog|
Mike Williams seems to be doomed in Detroit. The 2005 first-round choice went into the Vikings loss and had a screen pass thrown to him. He didn't catch it and was yanked for the remainder of the game.
Williams was inactive the first three games, and all but inactive in the past two. He hasn't caught a pass and hasn't been on the field much. Even though the Lions needed a receiver to fill in for the injured Roy Williams, it was obvious they didn't think Mike Williams was the answer.
Detroit RB Kevin Jones rushed for eight yards on 10 carries and suffered a concussion late in the game. DL Shaun Cody had a dislocated toe and LB Paris Lenon also injured his neck. Marinelli said all will be evaluated on Monday. ... Chester Taylor also had five catches for 31 yards. ... Vikings DT Kevin Williams set the tone early with two tackles for loss and a sack on the first series.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.7||5.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||10:37||Ryan Longwell 26 Yd |
Drive: 10 plays, 72 yds, 6:48
|TD||12:43||Jon Kitna 8 Yd Run (Jason Hanson Kick) |
Drive: 5 plays, 28 yds, 1:58
|FG||14:27||Jason Hanson 53 Yd |
Drive: 6 plays, 21 yds, :41
|TD||9:49||Dan Campbell 12 Yd Pass From Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson Kick) |
Drive: 4 plays, 56 yds, 1:24
|TD||0:46||Travis Taylor 3 Yd Pass From Brad Johnson (Ryan Longwell Kick) |
Drive: 10 plays, 68 yds, 5:57
|TD||1:48||Ben Leber Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Pat Blocked)||17||16|
|FG||12:00||Ryan Longwell 20 Yd |
Drive: 9 plays, 61 yds, 5:07
|TD||13:29||E.J. Henderson 45 Yd Interception Return (Ryan Longwell Kick)||17||26|