The Detroit Lions on Sunday were dominated in Minnesota by the Vikings, as rookie quarterback David Blough struggled to make the plays necessary to keep Detroit in the game during a thorough 20-7 loss.
DET - David Blough: 24/40, 205 yds., TD, 2 INTs
MIN - Kirk Cousins: 24/30, 242 yds., TD
DET - Bo Scarbrough: 19 atts., 65 yds.
MIN - Dalvin Cook: 18 atts., 62 yds., TD
DET - Kenny Golladay: 6 recs., 58 yds., TD
MIN - Stefon Diggs: 6 recs., 92 yds.
Lions get ball back after failed onside kick
Detroit's onside kick attempt is pretty well-executed, but the ball still ends up with Minnesota at midfield.
Alexander Mattison rushes for a yard on first down.
Mattison rushes for 4 yards on second down.
Timeout #1 Detroit (1:55 4th)
Mike Boone rushes for 3 yards on third down.
Timeout #2 Detroit (1:50 4th)
Boone is tackled for no gain on fourth down, and Detroit will take over at its 38.
Vikings 20, Lions 7 (1:45 4th)
David Blough throws complete to Kenny Golladay for a 9-yard gain on first down, then hits Logan Thomas for 11 yards on second down.
Blough's first-down throw to Golladay misses the mark, falls incomplete. J.D. McKissic catches a pass that's good for 4 yards on second down.
Timeout #3 Detroit (0:53 4th)
Blough throws a completion to Marvin Jones for a gain of 11 yards to the Minnesota 21. Blough is intercepted in the end zone, effectively ending the game.
FINAL: Vikings 20, Lions 7
Lions get on board with 10-yard touchdown pass to Golladay
Detroit takes over at the 25.
David Blough's first-down pass to Danny Amendola is knocked incomplete. Logan Thomas catches a pass for 10 yards on second down.
Blough finds Kenny Golladay on the next play for a pickup of 9 yards, then throws incomplete to Marvin Jones. The Lions pick up a first down with an 8-yard completion to Golladay at the Minnesota 48.
Blough hits Jesse James for a gain of 23 on first down, giving the Lions a first down at the 25.
Blough's first-down pass falls incomplete, but he hits Amendola on second down for a gain of 10 that'll keep the chains moving.
He goes back to Amendola on first down for 5-yard completion, but can't hit Logan Thomas on second-and-5 at the Minnesota 10. Blough's throw on third down sails out of the end zone, but the Lions will go for it.
Blough throws complete to Golladay for a 10-yard touchdown pass, and the Lions are on the board.
Vikings 20, Lions 7 (2:09 4th)
Flowers sacks Cousins on third down to end Vikings drive
Kirk Cousins throws complete to Tyler Conklin for a gain of 5 on first down. Alexander Mattison rushes for 3 yards on second down. Cousins fires complete on third down to Laquon Treadwell, who sheds a couple tacklers and makes his way to the Detroit 48 for a gain of 36.
Mike Boone goes up the middle for a gain of 3 on first down, then gets 3 more to the right on second down. Trey Flowers sacks Cousins on third down, a loss of 8.
Danny Amendola returns the punt to Detroit's 25.
Vikings 20, Lions 0 (5:39 4th)
Lions' Blough sacked on third down, ending promising Lions drive
David Blough throws a complete pass to Marvin Jones for 9 yards on first down. Bo Scarbrough is stuffed for no gain on second down, but he moves the sticks with a 4-yard run on third down.
Scarbrough is stopped for 2-yard gains on first and second down. Blough's third-down throw to Danny Amendola is caught for a gain of 8 at midfield.
J.D. McKissic catches a 4-yard pass on first down, then rushes for 2 yards on second down. Blough is sacked for a loss of 8 on third down.
Sam Martin's punt is fair caught at the Minnesota 8.
Vikings 20, Lions 0 (10:02 4th)
Field goal puts Vikings up 20-0 early in fourth
Dalvin Cook goes for a gain of 7 on first down and 2 on second down. Kirk Cousins moves the chains with an 8-yard completion on third down to the Detroit 47.
Alexander Mattison rushes for 8 yards on first down, then moves the chains again with a 4-yard run on second down.
Mattison rushes for a yard on the next play, then gets dropped for a 5-yard loss. Irv Smith can't make first-down yardage on third down, getting tackled after a gain of 7.
END 3RD: Vikings 17, Lions 0
Dan Bailey puts through a 50-yard field goal.
Vikings 20, Lions 0 (14:55 4th)
Lions' Blough throws first interception of game
The Lions take over at their own 23.
David Blough's first-down pass is caught by Bo Scarbrough, but a roughing-the-passer on the Vikings will put the Lions at their 43 with a new set of downs, anyway.
Blough throws an interception on the next play.
Vikings 17, Lions 0 (4:24 3rd)
Lions' defense holding steady in second half
Minnesota takes over at its own 32.
Alexander Mattison rushes to the Minnesota 40 for a gain of 8 on first down. Kirk Cousins' throw on second down is batted at the line of scrimmage, incomplete. Cousins throws complete over the middle for Stefon Diggs for a gain of 5, giving the Vikings a new set of downs at the 45.
Mattison is stuffed for no gain on first down and picks up 4 on second down, reaching the Minnesota 49. Cousins' third-down pass is nearly intercepted by Tavon Wilson, but caught by an offensive lineman for a 4-yard loss.
Britton Colquitt's punt is fair caught by Danny Amendola at the 23.
Vikings 17, Lions 0 (4:59 3rd)
Lions open second half with three straight three-and-outs
Bo Scarbrough rushes up the middle for a 5-yard gain on first down. David Blough hits rookie tight end Isaac Nauta for a 3-yard gain on second down. Danny Amendola gets open in the flat for a completion that would have picked up the first down, if not for an offensive pass interference penalty on Kenny Golladay. It's third-and-12: Blough's throw to Ty Johnson only picks up 7.
Vikings 17, Lions 0 (8:07 3rd)
Offenses struggling mightily to open second half
Kirk Cousins throws an incomplete deep throw on first down to Stefon Diggs. Cousins drops back, rolls right and hits Dalvin Cook for a short gain of 3. Tavon Wilson wraps up Cook for no gain on third down.
Vikings 17, Lions 0 (10:30 3rd)
Reversed call on third down ends Lions drive quickly
Bo Scarbrough rushes for 5 yards on first down and 3 on second down. David Blough thros complete to Marvin Jones for a gain of 5 on third down that will give Detroit a new set of downs, or at least until the play is overturned by a challenge. It's fourth-and-2.
Sam Martin's punt is downed at the Minnesota 32.
Vikings 17, Lions 0 (12:13 3rd)
Lions defense forces three-and-out to open second half
Minnesota takes over at its own 30 after a 14-yard return by Ameer Abdullah on the kickoff.
Dalvin Cook rushes for 3 yards on first down, and is stopped for no gain on second down.
Injury alert: Lions DB Tavon Wilson was hurt on the play.
Kirk Cousins' throw to Alexander Hollins on third down misses the mark, ending the Vikings' first drive of the half.
A false start penalty backs the Vikings up 5 yards.
Danny Amendola returns the punt 3 yards to the Detroit 18.
Vikings 17, Lions 0 (13:35 3rd)
DET - David Blough: 7/14, 59 yds.
MIN - Kirk Cousins: 17/20, 182 yds., TD
DET - Bo Scarbrough: 12 atts., 44 yds.
MIN - Dalvin Cook: 13 atts., 48 yds., TD
DET - Kenny Golladay: 2 recs., 22 yds.
MIN - Stefon Diggs: 5 recs., 87 yds.
Vikings take 17-0 lead with 0:20 left in half
Minnesota takes over at its own 35 after the missed field goal.
Kirk Cousins hits Stefon Diggs for a gain of 6 on first down, then finds Ameer Abdullah for a 2-yard gain on second down. He throws complete to Diggs for a 10-yard gain to move the sticks, bringing up first-and-10 at the Detroit 47.
Timeout #2 Minnesota (0:37 2nd)
Cousins bombs a throw to Diggs that's hauled in for 44 yards at the Detroit 3-yard-line. Whew.
Cousins's first-and-goal throw to Irv Smith falls incomplete. Dalvin Cook punches it in from 3 yards out.
Vikings 17, Lions 0 (0:20 2nd)
Chris Lacy returns the kick to the 32.
Bo Scarbrough runs for 7 yards on first down.
Timeout #1 Detroit (0:08 2nd)
David Blough throws incomplete to Danny Amendola. Scarbrough ends the half with a 4-yard run.
END 2ND: Vikings 17, Lions 0
Lions' Blough sacked by Danielle Hunter on third down for third time
The Lions will take over at their 25 after a touchback.
David Blough throws complete to Kenny Golladay for a gain of 4 on first down. Bo Scarbrough runs up the middle for 4 more yards on second down. Danny Amendola picks up 3 yards on a third-down completion to move the chains.
Blough on first down misfires on a throw to Jesse James. Golladay makes a terrific effort to get two feet in-bounds while bringing in a pass from Blough near the left sideline. The 17-yard gain is the longest gain for Detroit thus far, and gives the Lions a first down at the Minnesota 46.
A penalty on the Vikings on the next play makes it first-and-10 for Detroit at the Minnesota 35.
Blough is sacked for a loss of 4 on first down. A holding penalty on Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr gives Detroit another first down, this time at the 34.
Ty Johnson rushes up the middle for 5 yards on first down.
Johnson loses 2 yards on the ground on second down. It's third-and-7. Blough finds Amendola near the sideline for a pickup of 8, bringing up first-and-10 at the 23.
J.D. McKissic catches a pass for 5 yards on first down. His second-down catch is initially ruled incomplete, but overturned via replay for a gain of 3. Danielle Hunter, of course, sacks Blough on third down for a loss of 12.
Timeout #1 Minnesota (1:10 2nd)
Matt Prater misses a 45-yard field goal attempt.
Vikings 10, Lions 0 (1:06 2nd)
Lions force field goal from inside red zone
Dalvin Cook runs to the 38 for a gain of 3 on first down. Irv Smith hauls in a throw for 13 yards to the Detroit 49 on second down.
Cook rushes for 2 yards on the next play. Alexander Mattison hurdles Tavon Wilson on his way to a gain of about 9 to move the chains again.
Injury alert: Lions DT A'Shawn Robinson was hurt on the play.
C.J. Ham gets open for Kirk Cousins on first down, making is way to the Detroit 13 for a gain of 25 yards.
Mattison then bullies his way up the middle to the 5 for an 8-yard gain on first down. Mattison makes it third-and-1 with a 1-yard run on second down. The Lions' defensive line gets a great push, and Jarrad Davis returns just in time to help Christian Jones wrap up Ham for no gain to force fourth-and-1.
Cousins snaps the ball before all his men are set, drawing a false start. The Vikings will be forced to kick a field goal.
Dan Bailey puts through a 27-yarder.
Vikings 10, Lions 0 (4:42 2nd)
Lions go three-and-out from deep in own territory
Detroit will take over at its 13.
Bo Scarbrough rushes for 6 yards on first down and 3 on second down. Scarbrough is stuffed for a loss of 1 on third down, and the Lions will punt it away after just three plays again.
Mike Hughes returns Sam Martin's punt 10 yards to the Minnesota 35.
Vikings 7, Lions 0 (9:54 2nd)
Coleman's third-down pressure helps Lions get stop
Alexander Mattison gets 9 yards up the middle on first down. He gets 2 more on the next play, which has 5 yards added to it for a holding penalty on Damon Harrison. It's first-and-10 at the 28.
Kirk Cousins throws complete to Mattison for a gain of 9 on first down, but his second-down completion to Tyler Conklin loses 3.
END 1ST: Vikings 7, Lions 0
Offsetting penalties erase the first play of the second quarter; Detroit's infraction was on Jahlani Tavai, who was flagged for lowering his head to initiate contact for the second time in this game. Cousins picks up the first down with a 6-yard completion to Laquon Treadwell.
Cook goes up the middle for a gain of 6 on first down. Cousins throws a beaming ball to the sideline for Stefon Diggs, who hauls it in for a gain of 13 at the Detroit 41.
Cook gets a yard on first and second down, each. Justin Coleman hits Cousins as he throws to force a wobbling ball that falls incomplete.
Danny Amendola waives for a fair catch on Britton Colquitt's punt at the 13.
Vikings 7, Lions 0 (11:55 2nd)
Lions QB Blough sacked by Danielle Hunter on third down for second time
The Lions will take over down 7-0 lead at the 25.
Bo Scarbrough gets 6 tough yards up the middle on first down. David Blough fakes the give to Scarbrough and finds a wide-open Marvin Jones for 18 yards and a first down at the Detroit 49.
Blough's first-down pass to Scarbrough falls incomplete. Scarbrough has nowhere to go on second down and is immediately dropped for a 1-yard loss. Logan Thomas nearly doesn't get enough to move the chains after pulling in a pass on third down, but an offsides penalty on the Vikings will give the Lions a second chance at converting. It's third-and-6.
Blough, under pressure, floats one to open space for Danny Amendola; the pass is swatted away, but there's a defensive holding penalty on Harrison Smith. The penalty probably saved a touchdown. It's first-and-10 at the Minnesota 42.
Blough is forced to throw the ball away on first down. Scarbrough on second down goes down after a gain of only 2, and shares some words with some Vikings defenders after the play. Blough is dropped by Danielle Hunter again on third down, this time for a huge loss of 14.
Sam Martin's punt is fair caught at the Minnesota 12.
Vikings 7, Lions 0 (1:45 1st)
Lions' Davis injured, Vikings take 7-0 lead
Former Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins throws complete to former Central Michigan tight end Tyler Conklin for a gain of 11 yards to the Minnesota 29.
Dalvin Cook rushes for 9 on the next play, and picks up another first down for the Vikings with a 4-yard run on second down.
Alexander Mattison rushes for 2 yards on first down. Devon Kennard gets in Cousins' face on second down, forcing him to throw it away, but there's a holding penalty on Darius Slay that'll give the Vikings a new set of downs at their own 49.
Injury alert: Lions Pro Bowl CB Darius Slay was injured during the play and appears to be grabbing his left side while being walked off the field.
Cook pushes forward for a gain of 5 yards on first down.
Injury alert: Lions LB Jarrad Davis was hurt on the play after being rolled up on at the line of scrimmage and is being attended to by the training staff.
Injury update: Lions CB Darius Slay has returned for Detroit.
Cousins throws to Stefon Diggs on second down for a gain of 14 that gives Minnesota a first down at the Detroit 32.
Cook rushes for 2 yards on first down, then catches a pass from Cousins for a 10-yard gain on second down.
Cook's first-down carry on the next play goes for 3 yards, supplemented by a penalty on rookie linebacker Jahlani Tavai, filling in for the injured Davis, for lowering the head to initiate contact. It'll be first-and-goal at the 9.
Cousins finds Olabisi Johnson in the end zone for a Vikings touchdown.
Vikings 7, Lions 0 (5:47 1st)
Lions go three-and-out for second straight drive to start game
A holding penalty on the Vikings during the punt will give Detroit starting field position at the 25.
Bo Scarbrough rushes for a yard on first down and 7 on second down. David Blough's throw to Marvin Jones on a quick slant is batted away by Mike Hughes. The Lions go three-and-out again.
Sam Martin's punt is fielded by Hughes and returned a handful of yards to the 18.
Lions 0, Vikings 0 (10:27 1st)
Slay's third-down swat ends Vikings' opening drive
Minnesota takes over at its own 42 after the return by Mike Hughes.
Kirk Cousins dumps it off to Irv Smith on first down for a gain of 1. Dalvin Cook rushes to the right side on second down for a pickup of 9 to the Detroit 48.
Cook is wrapped up for no gain on the next play. Cousins hits Kyle Rudolph on second down for a gain of 3, before he gets pushed out of bounds by Devon Kennard. Cousins' third-down throw hangs in the air for an eternity, allowing Darius Slay to get in position and knock it away.
Danny Amendola fair catches the ensuing punt at Detroit's 15.
Lions 0, Vikings 0 (11:54 1st)
Lions go backward on opening drive
Dan Bailey's opening kickoff goes for a touchback. David Blough and the Lions offense will start at the 25.
Blough's first throw is a quick pass to Marvin Jones that's swatted to the turf. His second-down pass is also batted down at the line of scrimmage. Blough is dropped by Danielle Hunter for a 6-yard loss on third down.
Mike Hughes returns Sam Martin's punt to the Minnesota 42.
Lions 0, Vikings 0 (14:07 1st)
The Detroit Lions will try to end their five-game losing streak in a 1 p.m. game Sunday in Minnesota. Follow the action here with live updates throughout the game by Nolan Bianchi of The Detroit News.
Lions: QB Matthew Stafford, CBs Michael Jackson and Jamal Agnew, G Beau Benzschawel, OL Oday Aboushi, DL Da'Shawn Hand and DE Austin Bryant are inactive for Detroit.
Vikings: WR Adam Thielen, DT Hercules Mata'Afa, Ts Oli Udoh and Aviante Collins, LB Cameron Smith, G Dru Samia and DT Jalyn Holmes are inactive for Minnesota.
LIONS AT VIKINGS
Kickoff: 1 p.m. Sunday, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
TV/radio: Fox/760 AM
Records: Lions 3-8-1, Vikings 8-3
Line: Vikings by 14