Before the start of the regular season, it was unthinkable that the Detroit Lions would lose both their games to the Minnesota Vikings. Yet as the final seconds ticked off the clock in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the unthinkable became reality.
The Lions lost 34-24, and for the second time this season, they were defeated by a Vikings team outperforming their preseason predictions.
The Lions have underperformed theirs, and for that reason, are left to contemplate their playoff chances. They fell to one game under .500 and distanced themselves further from the wild card.
Detroit failed to keep its momentum from last week's victory at Jacksonville. It jumped out to a quick lead against the Jaguars, scoring three touchdowns in the first half. That trend was short-lived, though. Against the Vikings, it trailed by 10 points at halftime and never found its second-half mojo.
Minnesota rolled by giving the ball to Adrian Peterson, and he put the game out of Detroit's reach. The Vikings also took advantage of Detroit's depleted secondary despite missing their biggest weapon, Percy Harvin.
The Vikings controlled the game from start to finish and earned a decisive victory. The only thing the Lions earned was a long flight home. Maybe they'll use the time to figure out how to play a complete game against a quality team.