Some of that has to do with the Lions' offensive line issues and, on Sunday, Minnesota's talented front seven.
That's an appauling number for a team that once saw Reggie Sanders rush for more than 100 yards in 14 consecutive games, an National Football League record.
Minnesota set the tone early on defense, with Danielle Hunter sacking Matthew Stafford, the NFL's highest paid player, on the first play from scrimmage. Dispite missing a 60 yarder, Matt Prater still did his part by making his gimme in the first quarter. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that Cook looked "upset" as he departed, with coaches and teammates consoling the productive first-year back.
Cook took a handoff from backup quarterback Case Keenum and gained 10 yards before he grabbed his knee, fumbling the ball. "I think that's where sacks will come from and just love being out there with those guys". After a solid rookie season, though, Decker hurt his shoulder during the offseason and needed surgery he's still recovering from. The decision to go for it on fourth and goal from the 14-yard line was a puzzling and costly risk.
The Lions hope to get healthy in time for next week's game against the Carolina Panthers in a match-up of 3-1 division leaders. Stefon Diggs had five catches for 98 yards, while Thielen turned his five catches into 59 yards. McKinnon's best year to this point came in 2016. He did leave (again) with an ankle injury, so that is definitely something we want to look at going forward.
The Vikings said after the game their fear is that it's an ACL injury. Zimmer made the right call, but it certainly wasn't the most exciting one. But they'll need to be a whole lot better in the wake of their most recent prime time performance, no matter who's at quarterback, to beat the Vikings the way Detroit did Sunday. Just from memory, Eric Kendricks had three (uncharacteristic) misses in the first half, plus Mackenzie Alexander tacked on one.
Cook was the only Vikings player to reach the end zone - on a 5-yard run in the second quarter - and finished with 66 yards rushing and 8 receiving. In the second half, Andrew Sendejo missed two and Trae Waynes missed one clear shot on Ameer Abdullah.