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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Detroit Lions play every Thanksgiving but it was the Minnesota Vikings who seized the day in 2017. Not even going on the road to the Motor City could stop Minnesota from pulling out a huge 30-23 win and Detroit struggled to match up with the much more powerful Vikings. Case Keenum was excellent throwing for 282 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. There was times in this game Keenum was taking big shots from Lions’ defenders and still managed to deliver strikes downfield. There’s no doubt this is Case Keenum’s team moving forward and the Vikings offensive line deserves a lot credit for their work upfront. Mike Zimmer’s team combined for 136 rushing yards as a team and they kept the Lions on their heels. Latavius Murray was at the forefront of that rushing attack with 84 yards and 1 touchdown. Kyle Rudolph also had a big day for the Vikings offense hauling in 2 touchdowns and 63 receiving yards. Matthew Stafford did all he could for Detroit he threw for 250 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Marvin Jones was extremely reliable for the Lions catching 2 touchdowns and over 100 receiving yards (109). On the defensive side of the things the Vikings were led by Everson Griffen who recorded 4 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. Xavier Rhodes had a good performance too he chalked up 5 tackles and a game clinching interception. Tahir Whitehead was the Lions top defender he had 13 tackles. Jared Davis contributed 7 stops for Detroit as well. Minnesota seizes commanding control of the NFC North division with a 9-2 record. Nobody wants to play the Purple People Eaters when the postseason arrives because this team is gritty and they just find ways to win. This is easily one of the best teams in the NFC and they can knock off anybody.
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