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Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings: First quarter recap and second quarter discussion

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The good guys lead after a quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium

NFL: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

We’re through one quarter of play at U.S. Bank Stadium, and your Minnesota Vikings lead the Detroit Lions by a score of 7-0.

The Vikings won the toss and chose to defer to the second half, giving the visitors the football first. The first drive was outstanding for the defense, with two deflected passes (one by Harrison Smith and one by Shamar Stephen) followed by a sack of David Blough by Danielle Hunter. That sack made Hunter the youngest player in NFL history to accumulate 50 sacks.

Minnesota got into Detroit territory on their first possession, but wound up having to punt. After forcing another three-and-out from the Lions’ offense, the Vikings once again pushed into Lions’ territory, and got the first points of the game on the board. The Vikings got to first-and-goal courtesy of a personal foul penalty on Lions’ rookie linebacker Jahlani Tavai, and from there Kirk Cousins found Olabisi Johnson for a nine-yard touchdown! Dan Bailey connected on the extra point, and the Vikings led 7-0 with just under six minutes left in the quarter.

Detroit did manage to push into Minnesota territory on their next possession, but it was snuffed out by another sack by Hunter, this time dropping Blough for a huge 14-yard loss to force another punt. As we move to the second quarter, the Vikings are looking at a 3rd-and-4 from their ow 34-yard line.

We’re through the first quarter of play at U.S. Bank Stadium, and your Minnesota Vikings lead the Detroit Lions by a score of 7-0. Come join us for the second quarter!