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Postby elaine95 » Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:26 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Detroit Lions were at a disadvantage Trey Flowers Jersey White , playing in a deafening stadium against a daunting Minnesota defense that’s rounding into form at midseason.The departure of their leading pass-catcher in a trade earlier in the week left the Lions with one less way to attack the Vikings, but the absence of Golden Tate became an afterthought while the team struggled to protect its quarterback. Matthew Stafford was culpable, too, often hanging onto the ball too long.Danielle Hunter had 3 1/2 of Minnesota’s franchise-record 10 sacks plus a fourth-quarter fumble return for a touchdown , making for a miserable afternoon for Stafford and the Lions in a 24-9 victory by the Vikings on Sunday.“That’s a very, very, very , very talented front,” left guard Frank Ragnow said. “Dudes on every single position. So credit to them, but it’s all on us. I think we all know we need to play better than that.”Hunter also was credited with nine tackles and four hits on Stafford as the Vikings (5-3-1) limited the Lions to a season-low 214 total yards and stopped their streak of 14-plus points at 25 straight games. The last time the Lions scored in single digits was a 17-6 loss to the New York Giants on Dec. 18, 2016.The Lions assembled only two drives that netted more than 30 yards. Tate was certainly missed — the Lions went just 4 for 15 on third down — but the Vikings dominated this game on the line of scrimmage.“You’re going to play some teams that are going to have some really elite rushers and who are really elite players,” left tackle Taylor Decker said. “We know in our division, we’re going to get that every week. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but we have to play better.”The previous high sack total of Stafford’s 10-year career was seven Womens Ricky Wagner Jersey , against the Vikings in 2015. He has been sacked five times or more on 15 different occasions, six of those by the Vikings. The Lions are 3-12 in those games.“We need to learn how to be consistent all the way across the board with everything we do,” coach Matt Patricia said. “There have been some weeks we have been consistent from the start of the week through the games, and some weeks haven’t been consistent. Things change on gameday pretty quick depending on the opponent and what they’re doing, and being able to handle some of those changes affects that.”The Vikings effectively mixed in blitzes to keep the Lions off balance, but nine of the 10 sacks were registered by their defensive linemen. Three of them came inside Minnesota’s 20, over two different possessions that ended with a field goal by Matt Prater.Defensive tackles Sheldon Richardson and Tom Johnson switched places on a perfectly executed stunt that ended with them sharing a sack of Stafford on third-and-goal from the 8 early in the second quarter. Everson Griffen pushed Decker back toward Stafford Womens Dwayne Washington Jersey , too, in a complete collapse of the pocket.“If we go into the red zone and we score touchdowns there, then the score of the game would’ve been a lot different,” Stafford said. “We’ve got to get better.” The first week of NFL playoff action is now in the books and now things really start heating up. All eight teams will be in action this week as they will fight for a spot in the conference championships. Here are how the final eight teams stack up:[Editor’s note: An initial version of this article had the AFC matchups mixed up]1. New Orleans Saints (13-3; vs. Eagles)The Saints got an extra week of rest before their matchup with the Eagles in the divisional round. New Orleans met the Eagles in November and crushed them 48-7. Drew Brees and the offense will hope that they can repeat the performance in the postseason. 2. Los Angeles Rams (13-3; vs. Cowboys)The Rams narrowly avoided a Bears team that dominated them a few weeks ago and instead get a much weaker Cowboys squad. Their offense will still face a tough test against Dallas’ grueling defense, though. 3. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4; vs. Colts)Kansas City will face off with Andrew Luck and the red hot Colts, which may give a lot of trouble to a struggling defense. 4. Los Angeles Chargers (13-4; @ Patriots)The Chargers defense was unstoppable against the Ravens. They bullied rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson all day and held the Ravens to under 50 yards for the majority of the game. Now they will take on a tough test as they head to Foxborough to take on Tom Brady’s Patriots 5. Indianapolis Colts (11-6; @ Chiefs)Indianapolis put the Texans away fairly early and then packed it in for next week. Now they face off against a Patrick Mahomes Chiefs in the buzzsaw that can be Arrowhead on the road. 6. New England Patriots (11-5; vs. Colts)New England got a week off and now they will face off against a familiar foe in the Indianapolis Colts. Their weak defense will be put to the test against Andrew Luck and the Colts’ high-flying offense.7. Dallas Cowboys (11-6; @ Rams)Dak Prescott took over the fourth quarter as Cowboys came out victorious against the Seahawks. Now the quarterback, and the vaunted defense he has behind him Luke Willson Jersey White , will travel to Los Angeles to take on one of the NFL’s juggernauts for a chance to return the legendary franchise to the NFC title game. 8. Philadelphia Eagles (10-7; @ Saints)The Underdogs did it once again. Philadelphia’s front seven played a great game and a late missed field goal by Cody Parkey sealed the win for the Eagles. The Super Bowl champions will now continue their title defense against the juggernaut Saints at the Superdome. In memoriam:9. Chicago Bears (12-5)Audible dong struck again and this time it really hurt.10. Seattle Seahawks (10-7)The first ever victims of “Playoff Dak”.11. Houston Texans (11-6)The offense did not show up until the third quarter and even then, a string of failed fourth downs cost them any chance to beat the Colts. 12. Baltimore Ravens (10-7)Turns out trying to play football with a training dummy at guard is a bad idea.
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