VIKINGS AT DETROIT
TV: Ch. 9
Radio: 100.3-FM, 1130-AM
About the Lions (1-5)
• Detroit won its first game Sunday on Matt Prater’s 27-yard field goal for a 37-34 overtime victory against division rival Chicago.
• The Lions lost to the Vikings 26-16 in Week 2 at TCF Bank Stadium. Detroit beat the Vikings twice last season.
• Running back Zach Zenner, an Eagan High School and South Dakota State standout, will miss the rest of his rookie season. He broke several ribs and suffered a punctured lung when he was hit by two defenders after a 7-yard run in the first half Sunday.
• A week after being benched, quarterback Matthew Stafford responded with a season-high 405 passing yards and four touchdowns with one interception. It was his best outing this season since passing for 286 yards and two TDs with one interception against the Vikings.
Player speak WR CALVIN JOHNSON
• Johnson had a season-high 166 yards on six catches with one touchdown Sunday. A 57-yard connection with Stafford set up the winning 27-yard field goal with 2:29 left in overtime.
• On building off the team’s first victory: “We had a lot of stuff that could have gone against us that could have made us give in. But with all the adversity, we kept on fighting back. There were a lot of things in the game that definitely could have hurt our psyche, but the guys kept on fighting.”
• On his battle with Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes: “He’s a physical player. It’s a good matchup. Two big guys going against each other. They’ve got good defense. … We just gotta try to bring that same mind-set and more.”
Coach Speak JIM CALDWELL
• Caldwell led the Lions to the playoffs with an 11-5 record last season, but they already have five losses in six games in 2015.
• Caldwell has three 11-plus win seasons in his four previous years as head coach, but also was 2-15 in his final season in Indianapolis.
• On building on the Lions’ first win: “It’s one of those things that’s tough to measure until you see the next game. Obviously it’s a little bit better to teach from a platform of winning than one from a loss.”
• On Stafford’s positive response to being benched in Week 6: “He’s played well for us a number of times. It’s not that this is the first or this is some new awakening. He’s always been a very fine performer and he’s a competitive guy.”