Strong defense leads Lions over Vikings

Minneapolis, MN ( – Led by a stout defense that had eight
sacks and three interceptions, the Detroit Lions overcame continued kicking
problems to take a 17-3 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Matt Stafford was a pedestrian 19-for-33 for 185 yards and one touchdown while
Joique Bell added a rushing touchdown for the Lions (4-2), who bounced
back from last week’s three-point loss at home to Buffalo.

That loss was due in large part to three missed field goals from Alex Henery,
which led the Lions to release him and bring in their third kicker of the
season in Matt Prater.

Playing for the first time since serving a four-game suspension and being cut
by the Broncos, Prater made a 52-yard field goal but missed two more attempts.
Detroit kickers have now missed 10 field goals on the season.

Detroit won the game despite missing two star offensive weapons in wide
receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Reggie Bush, both of whom sat out
with ankle injuries.

Teddy Bridgewater returned to action after missing last week with a sprained
ankle, but was harassed all day by the Detroit defense and finished the
game 23-for-37 for 188 yards and three interceptions for the Vikings (2-4),
who have dropped their past two games.