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Lions vs. Vikings: Detroit drops to 4-5 with 34-24 loss

Despite a huge game from Calvin Johnson, the Lions couldn't contain Adrian Peterson and lost to the Vikings 34-24.

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Calvin Johnson nearing NFL record for 200-yd games

Detroit Lions' wide receiver Calvin Johnson moved into a tie for fifth all time for 200 or more receiving yard games.


Lions' playoff chances diminish with loss

The Detroit Lions continue to underwhelm on the biggest of stages, and Sunday's loss may have been the last straw of the season according to Pride of Detroit's Sean Yuille.


Chris Houston thinks he was injured intentionally

Banged-up during Sunday's loss to the rival Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston told Anwar S. Richardson of MLive.com after the game that he firmly believes an opposing player purposely landed on his ankle with an intent to injure.

"Lineman just fell on my ankle on purpose," Houston said. "I went to cut him, and as he went down, he put both knees on my ankle on purpose. It's part of the game."

Houston was lucky to hear that X-rays after the game came up negative, even though it's unclear what type of timetable he may be looking at going forward. Houston already dealt with an ankle injury heading into the year that forced him to sit out Detroit's first two regular season games, but also told reporters that he felt okay despite the injury later on Sunday. Even so, the veteran defensive back remains steadfast in his belief that an unidentified Vikings player deliberately attempted to injure him.

"I was on the ground, so I didn't get to see who it was, but as he pulled, I cut him, he was flying over the top of me, and you could feel him land on my ankle on purpose," he said.

A crippling blow to Detroit's already razor-thin secondary if he is hampered by the injury, Houston's blunt accusation is likely to be met with criticism by both those in the league office and within the Vikings' organization. With the way the NFL continues to do everything in its power to protect itself from being labeled unsafe, the league will not be too pleased to hear concerns from fellow players about opponents intending to severely injure, regardless of how valid they may be.


X-rays negative on Chris Houston's ankle

Chris Houston left Sunday's game with a leg injury, but X-rays on his ankle came back negative.


Vikings drop Lions 34-24

The Minnesota Vikings scored 18 points in the 4th quarter on the way to a 34-24 win against the Lions.


Cliff Avril out for Lions with concussion

Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril left Sunday's game in the third quarter after suffering a concussion.


Detroit trails 16-10 heading into 4th quarter

After going down 16-3 in the third quarter, the Detroit Lions finally got into the endzone and trail the Vikings 16-10 heading into the fourth quarter.

After Minnesota kicked a field goal to take a 16-3 lead, the Lions answered with their first touchdown drive of the game. Calvin Johnson was the major catalyst on the drive, catching two passes for 70 yards. Johnson's 50-yard reception moved Detroit deep into Minnesota territory and Matthew Stafford connected with Brandon Pettigrew two plays later for the touchdown.

Johnson has six receptions for 106 yards for the Lions, leading all receivers. Through three quarters, Stafford completed 15 of 24 passes for 183 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Outside of Johnson, no other Lion has more than 26 rushing or receiving yards.

Christian Ponder has played well for Minnesota, completing 23 of 29 passes for 201 yards. Detroit has bottled up Adrian Peterson thus far, limiting the NFL's leading rusher to 51 yards on 16 rushing attempts.


Lions down 10 at halftime, 13-3

Detroit got on the scoreboard with a field goal in the second quarter, but the Lions still trail the Vikings 13-3 at halftime.

After trailing 10-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Lions cut Minnesota's lead to seven with a field goal in the second quarter. Minnesota, however, answered right back with a field goal on its next possession. There weren't very many possessions in the second quarter as both teams produced drives of at least 12 plays. Detroit's field goal drive covered 69 yards on 12 plays while Minnesota finished a 13-play 81 yard drive with a field goal.

The Lions got a break late in the first half as Minnesota's Antoine Winfield appeared to intercept a Matthew Stafford pass and return it for a touchdown, but the play was challenged and the ruling was reversed.

Stafford completed 12 of 20 passes for 97 yards in the first quarter while also throwing one interception. Calvin Johnson leads Detroit with four receptions for 36 yards. Mikel Leshoure was unable to get much going in the first half, rushing for 26 yards on 10 attempts.

Detroit will kickoff to begin the second half.


Lions trail 10-0 after 1st quarter

The Detroit Lions trail the Minnesota Vikings, 10-0, after the first quarter of Sunday's game.

Minnesota got off to a good start, scoring on its first two possessions. After Detroit punted to open the game, the Vikings got on the scoreboard first, opening the game with a touchdown. Minnesota's drive was enabled by a 54-yard reception from Jarius Wright. Wright was tackled at the one-yardline, but would catch a touchdown pass two plays later.

Matthew Stafford was intercepted on Detroit's second possessions, setting Minnesota up deep in Lions' territory. The Detroit defense was able to hold Minnesota to a field goal, giving the Vikings a 10 point lead.

Stafford completed 7 of 12 passes for 55 yards in the first quarter. Calvin Johnson was targeted twice, catching both passes for 11 yards. The Lions outgained Minnesota 68-61 in the first quarter, but are yet to get on the scoreboard. The Lions defense limited Adrian Peterson to 11 yards on five carries in the first quarter.


Lions vs. Vikings inactive lists

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is inactive Sunday against the Detroit Lions after spraining his ankle last week against the Seattle Seahawks. Harvin had been listed as doubtful on the injury reports this week.

Other inactive players for Minnesota are quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, defensive back Brandon Burton, linebacker Marvin Mitchell, offensive lineman Mark Asper, tight end Allen Reisner and defensive tackle Letroy Guion.

The Lions will still be without defensive tackle Corey Williams, who has missed two games due to a knee injury. The team also remains without starting safety Louis Delmas, who has played in just three games this season.

Other inactives for the Lions are defensive back Amari Spievey, offensive lineman Corey Hilliard, offensive lineman Jason Fox, quarterback Kellen Moore and wide receiver Brian Robiskie.

The Vikings beat the Lions in Detroit, 20-13, earlier this season, despite not scoring an offensive touchdown. Harvin's 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown provided one of Minnesota's scores in that game.


Lions-Vikings preview

Two mirror-image teams face off Sunday in an NFC North battle.


Lions' Delmas, Spievey ruled out against Vikings

The Lions will be without safeties Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey in Week 10 against the Vikings, and receiver Calvin Johnson is questionable.


Lions injury report: Chris Houston out Thursday

Lions cornerback Chris Houston was the 13th player added to Detroit's injury report heading into Week 10.


Johnson says he suffered nerve damage vs. Vikings

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson claims he suffered nerve damage in their first game against the Vikings this year, which has made gripping the ball more difficult.


Calvin Johnson feeling better for Week 10

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson says he's feeling a lot better heading into the team's Week 10 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.


Jared Allen: 'Detroit is not on my high list'

Minnesota Vikings defensive end isn't shy about expressing is disdain for the city of Detroit and Lions offensive lineman Gosder Cherilus.


NFL odds Week 10: Lions vs. Vikings

The Detroit Lions will enter Sunday's game at Mall of America Field as 1-point favorites over the Vikings.


Delmas, Spievey miss Wednesday's practice

Detroit Lions defensive backs Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey were among the seven players held out of practice on Wednesday.


Frazier says Lions special teams unit is improved

Leslie Frazier believes the Lions have improved on special teams since Week 4.


Percy Harvin a 'long shot' to play against Lions

The Detroit Lions are unlikely to face talented wide receiver Percy Harvin after the Vikings' receiver suffered a badly sprained ankle.


Lions WR Johnson's knee still an issue

Lions WR Calvin Johnson's knee remains a concern for the team, despite his big performance in Sunday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.


Calvin Johnson expects knee injury to linger

The Detroit Lions star played through a knee injury this week, and will likely have to do so for the indefinite future.

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