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3 Turnovers Too Much for Vikings in 14-7 Loss to Lions

View game action images as the Vikings take on the Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings committed three fumbles, including two on consecutive offensive plays in the third quarter, swaying momentum in a 14-7 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The first turnover was by Jerick McKinnon, who was at quarterback in the Wildcat formation. McKinnon faked a handoff to Dalvin Cook, but the ball popped out as McKinnon was trying to tuck it.

Anthony Zettel recovered the ball at the Minnesota 47, and Detroit was able to get a 37-yard field goal from Matt Prater on the drive.

The second fumble occurred on a carry by Cook, who appeared to hurt his knee before he was contacted by Tavon Wilson. Linebacker Tahir Whitehead recovered the football at the Minnesota 29.

Ameer Abdullah scored on a 3-yard touchdown run five plays later, and the Lions ran a successful and legal pick play for a two-point conversion pass from Matthew Stafford to TJ Jones for a 14-7 lead with 8:00 left in the third quarter that proved to be the final score of the game.

Abdullah finished with 20 carries for 94 yards, including a long of 29 that is the longest rush of the season allowed by Minnesota, and Detroit.

Stafford was limited to 19-of-31 passing for 209 yards and a passer rating of 81.2, and he was sacked six times by the Vikings, including twice by Danielle Hunter.

The third fumble was by Adam Thielen after an 11-yard reception with 1:43 remaining in the game. Whitehead recovered that fumble as well, and Minnesota (2-2) was unable to stop the clock.

Detroit (3-1) was able to keep Minnesota out of the end zone with just more than two minutes remaining. The Vikings moved the ball to the Lions 8-yard line after consecutive completions by Case Keenum to Kyle Rudolph for gains of 15 and 19.

After two runs by Latavius Murray to move the ball to the 4, Keenum was sacked by Anthony Zettel, who was unblocked on the play. Keenum's attempt on fourth-and-goal from the 14 was incomplete.

Keenum, who was starting the third game in a row in place of Sam Bradford, finished 16-of-30 passing for 209 yards and a passer rating of 75.6.

He showed composure throughout the game and led a touchdown drive late in the first half, escaping pressure, and finding Diggs for a gain of 33 to convert a second-and-26.

The drive continued with an impressive catch by Thielen for a gain of 15 on third-and-6, placing the ball inside the 10.

The Vikings were then able to force the Lions to use two of their timeouts before runs of 3 yards and 5 yards by Cook, who found a clear path between Riley Reiff and Nick Easton for his second career touchdown.

Diggs finished with five receptions for 98 yards to lead the Vikings.

Detroit scored first after converting a third-and-17 with a pass from Stafford to Marvin Jones for a gain of 38 on the final play of the first quarter.

Minnesota's defense bounced back with a sack of Stafford by Linval Joseph that caused a loss of 9 and forced Detroit to settle for a 29-yard field goal by Matt Prater with 10:47 left in the first half.

The Lions tried to squeeze a 59-yard field goal out of Prater on the final play of the first half, but the kick was short.

Last season, Prater kicked a 58-yard field goal on the final play of regulation to force overtime, and Detroit won in the extra session.

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