Detroit Lions top Rams with game-sealing interception

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Welcome to the 2016 season, Golden Tate. The Lions receiver paced an efficient offense that diced up a Rams secondary, which struggled without top corner . Tate entered the game with 134 receiving yards in five games this season. He gobbled up 165 yards on eight catches and a touchdown Sunday. Tate finally got loose, breaking tackles after the catch and caught a deep bomb from Matthew Stafford jersey. Stafford spread the ball around superbly again, but getting Tate involved was clearly a focal point with a beat up backfield.

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The Detroit Lions‘ defense made Case Keenum look like Joe Montana most of the afternoon. The Rams quarterback completed 19 consecutive passes at one point, a franchise record (let’s say that again: Case Keenum holds a Rams passing record! Case Keenum!). Keenum picked on pathetic Lions pass coverage over the middle, taking advantage of linebackers that couldn’t cover in space. The Rams’ passer went 27-of-32 passing (84 percent) for three touchdowns and added another score. Keenum was unstoppable until turning back into a pumpkin on his final pass, which was picked off.

The Lions’ defense was terrible all game but came up big when it mattered: Stuffing Todd Gurley on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard-line to end the first half and closing the game out with an INT.

Kenny Britt’s career renaissance continued Sunday. Britt burned Detroit for seven catches on eight targets for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Britt used his 6-foot-3 frame to shield defenders from the ball on crossing routes and stretched the field for Keenum’s cheap NFL jerseys with two 40-plus yard receptions. Britt’s yardage didn’t all come against second-rate corners either as he beat Lions top CB several times. As Around The NFL Seer Chris Wesseling pointed out this week, Britt is one of the most overlooked reborn misfits in the NFL this season.

carried the load for a banged-up Detroit backfield toting 14 times for 58 yards. It was the most efficient the Lions’ ground game has looked since Ameer Abdullah went on injured reserve. Justin Forsett’s debut was forgettable, carrying five times for five yards and he had a dropped pass. If Theo Riddick remains injured, Zenner should carry the load. The newly signed Forsett might not remain on the roster for the duration of the season.

Credit a maligned Lions offensive line (missing starting guard ) for doing a solid job against Aaron Donald & Co. Stafford wasn’t sacked until final drive of the game.

Todd Gurley finally had space to run, averaging 4.1 yards per carry (came in averaging 2.7). Against a Lions defensive front seven missing several key players, Gurley actually got to the line of scrimmage without having to break 15 tackles on the way. With Keenum killing the Lions through the air, however, the game script went away from Gurley’s ground game. He had just 14 carries for 58 yards (eerily the same as Zenner).

The Lions’ defense was terrible all game but came up big when it mattered: Stuffing Todd Gurley on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard-line to end the first half and closing the game out with an INT.

Kenny Britt’s career renaissance continued Sunday. Britt burned Detroit for seven catches on eight targets for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Britt used his 6-foot-3 frame to shield defenders from the ball on crossing routes and stretched the field for Keenum with two 40-plus yard receptions. Britt’s yardage didn’t all come against second-rate corners either as he beat Lions top CB Darius Slay several times. As Around The NFL Seer Chris Wesseling pointed out this week, Britt is one of the most overlooked reborn misfits in the NFL this season.

Zach Zenner carried the load for a banged-up Detroit backfield toting 14 times for 58 yards. It was the most efficient the Lions’ ground game has looked since Ameer Abdullah went on injured reserve. Justin Forsett’s debut was forgettable, carrying five times for five yards and he had a dropped pass. If Theo Riddick remains injured, Zenner should carry the load. The newly signed Forsett might not remain on the roster for the duration of the season.

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nike-lions-5-matt-prater-navy-mens-stitched-nfl-limited-nfc-2017-pro-bowl-jerseyThe Vikings are stuck with a smoke-and-mirrors offense that can’t run the ball and lacks a downfield element when wideout is out of the lineup as he was on Thursday. Quarterback played well before his final interception, putting on a short-game passing clinic to finish 31 of 37 for 224 yards with the pick. Bradford delivered one completion after the next behind a battered line that lost center Joe Berger and tackle . The offense didn’t convert a third down until nearly 42 minutes into the contest, but those troubles come as no great surprise. This is what the injury-riddled Vikings are in 2016.

One of the game’s most pivotal sequences came on Minnesota’s first possession. Bradford hit his opening five passes and marched the team deep into Lions territory before losing the ball on a crushing strip sack by Detroit’s . Game officials reversed the call, but Bradford encountered disaster on the following play, watching his lob to Laquon Treadwell bounce off the rookie’s hands into the arms of authentic jerseys and Glover Quin. The Lions safety ran it back 71 yards, but the play was erased by a questionable pass interference call on Slay. The Vikings scored a touchdown two plays later to tie the game at 7-7.

Fans can appreciate both teams going for it on fourth down in the first half. The Vikings failed on their attempt on fourth-and-2 at the Detroit 41 as Bradford threw incomplete to Thielen. On the next series, Lions running back Zach Zenner jersey was stuffed on fourth-and-1 at the Minnesota 49. With the division lead on the line, both coaches deserve credit for rolling the dice.

The Vikings entered Thursday averaging a measly 2.7 yards per rush, on pace for the lowest yards per carry in NFL history. They couldn’t get anything going in the first half, but effectively tired out Detroit in the third quarter with a 22-yard reverse by Cordarrelle Patterson, a smattering of Wildcat runs by Jerick McKinnon and just enough from low-wattage runner . The team’s 82 yards on the ground are their most since Week 7, which tells you plenty about wholesale jerseys and the putrid state of this run attack.

What’s next? The unlikely Lions own the division for now after sweeping Minnesota. The North still promises to wind down to the final weeks of the season, though, with the Vikings set to face the Cowboys, Jaguars, Colts, Packers and Bears. The Lions control their own destiny with remaining tilts against the Saints, Bears, Giants, Dallas and Green Bay.