In an edgy bout between two NFC North rivals, the Lions (3-1) knocked out the Vikings (2-2) in a game that saw Minnesota suffer a season-altering injury on offense. Here’s what we learned from Detroit’s 14-7 victory:
1. This divisional clash took a pivotal turn five minutes into the second half when Minnesota rookie workhorse Dalvin Cook crumbled to the turf with a non-contact knee injury. The second-round running back was quickly ruled out following a play that saw him lose his second fumble in as many possessions, sending the Lions on their way toward a five-play, 29-yard touchdown march that put Detroit up for good at 14-7. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported after the game the Vikings believe Cook tore his ACL based on the initial diagnosis.
Back to Cook, whose loss cannot be understated. The former Florida State star leads the team this season with 354 yards on the ground at 4.8 yards per rush with another 90 yards through the air off 11 receptions. The drop off from Cook to Jerick McKinnon — who suffered an ankle injury of
Article source: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000854495/article/lions-top-vikings-in-defensive-slugfest
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