The Vikings lead 14-10 over the Lions at Ford Field at halftime. Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo, who started for the injured Robert Blanton, is listed as questionable with a thumb injury. Rookie safety Antone Exum finished the first half at strong safety.
The Good: The Vikings defensive might’ve allowed 10 points in the first half, but it was due to two turnovers by the Vikings that placed the Lions in scoring position. The Vikings didn’t allow a first down until 9:22 left in the first half. They held the Lions to three straight three-and-outs to start the game. The Lions have just 89 total yards and just three first downs, while going 1 of 7 on third down.
Cornerback Xavier Rhodes has shadowed wide receiver Calvin Johnson the entire game. Johnson has one catch for four yards so far.
The Bad: Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater started with the best 20 minutes of his career, and the narrative quickly changed right before halftime. Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner had a great gameplan in place with the Vikings firing on all cylinders to knock a good Lions defense off balance. Bridgewater was 13 of 16 for 168 yards and a touchdown.
Then Bridgewater threw interceptions on consecutive drives, which produced 10 points for the Lions. In what appeared to be a communication issue with wide receiver Charles Johnson, Lions safety Glover Quin intercepted Bridgewater’s pass. On the next drive, Bridgewater threw a poor ball intended for wide receiver Greg Jennings that landed in cornerback Darius Slay’s hands.
The Ugly: Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed another field goal and has now missed three of his last four field goals. Walsh pulled a 53-yard field goal wide right on the Vikings first drive. He’s now 5-of-8 on field goals over 50 yards.
Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is active for Sunday’s matchup against the Lions at Ford Field. He was a late addition to the injury report on Friday and listed as questionable with a hamstring injury.
Patterson remains as the backup “X” wide receiver behind Charles Johnson, who will start the position once again. With Patterson active, he should remain as the kickoff returner, where he fumbled the opening kickoff to start the second half last week against the Jets.
With safety Robert Blanton, left guard Charlie Johnson, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and rookie linebacker Anthony Barr out, rookie linebacker Brandon Watts is active for the first time this season. Rookie defensive end Scott Crichton, rookie safety Antone Exum and rookie cornerback Jabari Price are all active as well. Offensive guard David Yankey, who hasn’t been active all season, is the only healthy inactive rookie.
Andrew Sendejo will start for Blanton, while Vladimir Ducasse will fill in for Johnson. Gerald Hodges and rookie defensive tackle Shamar Stephen will start again with Barr and Floyd out.
Here are both the Vikings and Lions inactive lists:
S Robert Blanton
FB Zach Line
LB Anthony Bar
OT Carter Bykowski
OG David Yankey
DT Sharrif Floyd
OG Charlie Johnson
QB Kellen Moore
OT Garrett Reynolds
OG Rodney Austin
DE Larry Webster
WR Ryan Broyles
DT Caraun Reid
DT Nick Fairley