It wasn’t a pretty sight on the field at U.S. Bank Stadium for the Detroit Lions, or in the locker room after yet another disappointing loss.
The Minnesota Vikings manhandled the Lions in nearly every way, winning by a 24-9 final score that dropped Detroit’s record to a less than stellar 3-5. Detroit’s offensive line had themselves a poor showing, particularly in their protection (or lack of) for quarterback Matthew Stafford. They allowed 10 sacks and 17 quarterback hits. Furthermore, the offense only managed 66 rushing yards on 24 carries.
Graham Glasgow was particularly embarrassed by his team’s play in the trenches, stating the obvious:
“I am embarrassed. It was a bad day for us and our team,” he said.
Frank Ragnow also offered a blunt reaction to his team’s loss.
“It’s a pretty big shot to the pride,” Ragnow said.
This is particularly maddening for Lions fans, who have watched their team beat the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers, but then lose in embarrassing fashion. Head coach Matt Patricia alluded to his team’s lack of consistency in their game, knowing it’s an issue that needs to get fixed in a hurry.
“I think there have been some weeks that have been consistent from the start of the week through to games and all the rest of it, and some weeks that haven’t been consistent,” Patricia said.
Kerryon Johnson was particularly frustrated with the play that resulted in Minnesota’s final touchdown of the afternoon, in which he dropped a pitch from Stafford which allowed Minnesota’s Danielle Hunter to return the fumble 32 yards.
“I dropped it. It bounced right off my helmet,” Johnson said. “I’m an NFL athlete. I’m supposed to be able to catch that. He threw it. He trusted me. I let him down. I gotta catch it.”
A’Shawn Robinson wasn’t in the mood to talk afterwards at all.
“Does it look like I talk to y’all? No. … Get out of my face,” he said.
The Lions will hope to get back into the win column next week against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.