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

Two possessions, two scores for the purple

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

We’ve made it through the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium, and the Minnesota Vikings are firing on all cylinders on offense, putting up a 13-0 lead on the Detroit Lions.

The Vikings won the toss and deferred to the second half, and the defense forced a three-and-out on the first possession of the game. The Vikings’ offense got to work quickly as Dalvin Cook carried twice for 18 yards and Kirk Cousins hit Kyle Rudolph and Justin Jefferson to get the Vikings to first-and-goal at the 5. Cook finished it from there with his fifth touchdown in the last two week, with Dan Bailey’s extra point making the score 7-0 early in the first quarter.

The Lions pushed into Minnesota territory on the ensuing possession, but Matthew Stafford was sacked by Shamar Stephen and Hercules Mata’afa, and Matt Prater pushed his 46-yard field goal attempt wide to the left to keep the Lions scoreless.

Minnesota marched straight down the field again, with Cook again keeping the ball moving. His running allowed Kirk Cousins to hit a couple of very nice passes, as the Vikings concluded the drive with a nine-yard pass from Cousins to Irv Smith Jr. for another touchdown. Dan Bailey missed the extra point, so the score remained 13-0 with a minute and a half left in the quarter.

That was all the action for the first quarter. As we move to the second quarter of play, the Lions are facing a 2nd-and-4 from their own 45.

We’ve finished the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium, and the Minnesota Vikings lead the Detroit Lions by a score of 13-0. Come join us for the second quarter of play!