National Football League
Minnesota 20, Detroit 7
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 8, 2019
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Temperature: Dome
Head Official: Walt Anderson
Attendance: 66776

The Minnesota Vikings kept pace in the NFC North race, and the Detroit Lions kept pace for a high draft pick in April as the Vikings topped the visiting Lions 20-7 on Sunday.

Kirk Cousins finished 24-of-30 passing for 242 yards to lead the Vikings.

Minnesota (9-4) has won three of its past four games, while the Lions (3-9-1) have lost six straight.

The Vikings took a 7-0 lead with 5:47 left in the first quarter on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Bisi Johnson, which finished off a 10-play, 82-yard drive that took 4:40 off the clock.

Following a 27-yard field goal by Dan Bailey that gave the Vikings a 10-0 lead with 4:42 left in the second quarter, the Vikings took a 17-0 lead with 20 seconds remaining until halftime on a 3-yard touchdown run by Dalvin Cook.

The scoring drive covered 65 yards in just 46 seconds and came after Lions' kicker Matt Prater missed a 45-yard field goal.

Following an interception by Minnesota safety Harrison Smith that gave the Vikings the ball at their own 36-yard line, the Vikings drove the field and took a 20-0 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter on a 50-yard field goal by Bailey.

The Lions broke the shutout with 2:09 left in the game on a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback David Blough to Kenny Golladay.

The Lions got the ball back and drove down to the Minnesota 21-yard line in the final minute, but Minnesota's Andrew Sendejo picked off a Blough pass in the end zone to end the game.

Cook rushed for 62 yards on 18 attempts for the Vikings.

Making his second career start, Blough went 24-of-40 for 205 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions for the Lions. The Lions' longtime starter, Matthew Stafford, missed his fifth straight game with a back injury.

Minnesota outgained Detroit, 354-231.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Detroit   Minnesota
Bo Scarbrough Player Dalvin Cook
19 Attempts 18
65 Yards 62
3.4 Avg Yards 3.4
0 Touchdowns 1
7 Long 9
Detroit   Minnesota
Kenny Golladay Player Stefon Diggs
6 Receptions 6
58 Yards 92
9.7 Avg Yards 15.3
1 Touchdowns 0
18 Long 44
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Detroit 231 70 161 1 0 0 1.0 0
Minnesota 354 120 234 2 2 2 5.0 0
Upcoming Games
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against L.A. Chargers. The Vikings have a W/L % of .500 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Lions have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .125 after a loss.