“But it’s also how he’s developed into a leader of this football team. I know I’ve sat in a couple quarterback meetings where they’re sitting in there going over the game, and just sitting there listening to him talk, and being critical of himself and how he can improve. He’s always looking to try and get better. It’s pretty fascinating to sit there and listen to him sitting there breaking down game tape, and how important this is to him.”
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Speilman is feeling pretty good about the massive free agent contract that the team inked veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins to during the offseason, saying that the highly sought after Cousins has been “phenomenal” this season.
“I think Kirk not only has done extremely well in how he’s performed, especially when he’s been getting pressured in the pocket, but you see some of the throws that he makes in games, those are some throws that are unique,” Spielman said, according to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin. “There’s not a lot of people who can make those type of throws.”
Vikings’ Ameer Abdullah Willing to Do Whatever it Takes
Minnesota Vikings running back Ameer Abdullah was recently signed following his cut from the Detroit Lions, mainly due to his failure to justify the Lions’ draft investment in him and his inability to build off a solid rookie season.
Now in Minnesota, with a fresh start, Abdullah says he is willing to do whatever the team asks of him.
“Life is amazingly unpredictable,” Abdullah said earlier this week, during an appearance on 1500ESPN. “Excited to be here. It’s a great team, great culture, great atmosphere. Ironically in the same division. Everything happens for a reason and I’m really excited to be here in Minnesota.”
Abdullah knows it will be a battle to get carries, with veterans such as Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray in the backfield with him.
“I’m entering a backfield with a lot of talent with Dalvin and Latavius and all of the guys who have been here,” Abdullah said. “Just to come in today and see these guys welcome me the way they have, it does a lot for my confidence, it does a lot for my focus. I’m ready to work. Anything the Vikings ask me to, I’m willing to do.”
Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions loss to the Minnesota Vikings, putting them at 3-5 and last in the NFC North division.
1. The offensive line got beat from the start of the game
The offensive line for the Lions gave up a total of 10 sacks. That was a franchise record for the Vikings and they were getting to Matthew Stafford from the start of the game. It was a combination of Stafford hanging onto the ball too long as well as the line just collapsing against the pass rush. When you give up that many sacks in a game, it is very difficult to overcome and win.
2. Golden Tate is already missed
It was clear that the Lions needed Tate on offense after watching this game. The Lions wide receivers had a tough time getting open all game and it showed when Stafford would hang onto the ball too long and get sacked. This was the case all game and was a clear reason why the Lions were only held to nine points.
3. The play calling on offense and defense was predictable at times
There were multiple occasions on offense when even I could predict what was getting called. Screen passes were the trend of the offense this week and every time this play got called, it led to negative yardage. The same can be said on defense too when there were moments where you could tell the defense was either running man to man or zone defense. In the moments where the Lions were running man to man, Kirk Cousins read it with ease and would pick up the 1st downs.
This was a big game for the Lions this week and they looked terrible. The offense struggled all game and in turn, it hurt the defense because they had to try and make up for it. Things are starting to go south for the Lions and a game against the Bears in Chicago next week isn’t a good sign of things to come. While the division is still up for grabs even after this week, trying to go from last to first in a span of a few games almost sounds impossible but this team has been unpredictable all year.
Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions victory over the Miami Dolphins, bringing them back to .500 at 3-3.
1. The Lions got a lead and held onto it the entire game
The Lions scored on their first possession of the game and were able to hold onto that lead for the rest of the game. In the Lions wins, they have been able to do that. In their losses, they are trying to come from behind the entire game. It’s one way or the other for the Lions and that is probably why they are 3-3. Going forward, it will be interesting to see what trend they have more of during this season.
2. Michael Roberts had a showing out party
Tight End Michael Roberts only had three catches during the game, but two of them were touchdowns. Roberts now has four catches on the season with three touchdowns. He is starting to establish himself as a reliable red zone target for Matthew Stafford and that is a great sight for Lions fans to see going forward.
3. Even though the defense didn’t force any turnovers, they were still efficient
Even though the Lions didn’t have any interceptions or fumbles, they were able to get stops when it mattered. This included getting sacks (four on the game) or just overall great coverage on the play. Ricky Jean Francois did play a huge factor as he had two sacks, both timely ones too.
The Lions needed to win the game against the Dolphins in order to stay in contention for the top spot in the NFC North Division. This win puts them in 3rd place and only a game behind the Vikings for 1st place. The Seattle Seahawks are the next opponent for the Lions and based on how the Lions have been playing these past few weeks, this is a winnable game for them. With the Seahawks coming off a London game and then a bye week, this could help the Lions too, but the Seahawks are a scrappy team so it should be a good game next week in Detroit.
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