7 biggest takeaways from the Vikings win over the Lions in Week 3

(Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen
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These Vikings can’t be counted out

It didn’t take very long for the Lions to find the end zone on Sunday. Detroit scored the game’s first touchdown in the opening quarter and then they added another touchdown to their total in the second quarter.

The Vikings quickly found themselves trailing by 14 points and the outcome of Sunday’s matchup was looking terrible before it was even time for them to go into the locker room at the half.

But Minnesota remained focused and they managed to put together their own pair of touchdown drives to tie the game before the half.

Then the Vikings decided to treat the third quarter like the first quarter and they didn’t score a single point, which resulted in Detroit taking a 10-point lead as the two teams headed into the final period of the matchup.

Minnesota could have folded in the fourth quarter after finding themselves trailing by 10 or more points for the second time in the same game. But they didn’t. Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell remained calm and he helped lead his team to two touchdowns in the final eight minutes of the contest to send the Lions packing with their second loss of the season.

Minnesota was in a similar situation for the majority of their 2021 season and they didn’t even show half of the fight that they displayed out on the field on Sunday.

We’re at a point in the NFL where almost no lead is safe, and now, the Vikings have a coaching staff that can actually help them take advantage of this instead of being the team that gets taken advantage of.