The Minnesota Vikings dominated the start of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, and for a while it looked as though they would be able to convert that into their first win in the NFC North under head coach Mike Zimmer. The offense was clicking on all cylinders and the defense caused the Lions’ dangerous offense to go three-and-out on their first three drives.
The Vikings offense was able to move the ball down the field against one of the best defenses in the NFL, and they were able to jump out to an early 14-0 lead in the second quarter. Then everything changed when rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw his first interception of the game.
Before the interception, the Lions looked sluggish. The Vikings were also able to take Detroit’s fans out of the game when they jumped out to an early lead. Once Lions safety Glover Quin intercepted Bridgewater, the momentum switched.
Bridgewater tried to hit Charles Johnson over the middle, but the receiver got tangled up with a Lions defender, and the ball ended up sailing over him and right into the hands of Quin.
“You try to have short-term memory when you throw those interceptions, and the first one was a bang-bang play,” Bridgewater said. “Charles just wasn’t able to make a play for the ball, it sailed a little high over his head, and that’s one of those throws that I make nine out of 10 times in practice.
“… Today we just missed on it.”
It does bring into question if Johnson could have caught the ball if he didn’t get tangled up, or at least battled for it and broken the play up.
“I don’t know,” Zimmer said. “(Johnson) wasn’t able to get up to the ball. He got collisioned and he wasn’t able to get up to it, and (Bridgewater) threw it a little high.”
That interception seemingly changed the pace of the entire game. It gave energy to the fans at the game, and it ignited the Lions offense, as they were able to punch the ball into the end zone just two plays later.
“We were playing good but, yeah, that interception gave them some life,” Zimmer said. “I think defensively we were getting some three-and-outs, I thought we were physical, and we were taking away things they wanted to do there.”
The Vikings know that they let the game slip away as they had multiple chances to win. They didn’t score after their second touchdown in the second quarter, but instead turned the ball over two times. And it all started with that first interception.
“We let one slip away,” Bridgewater said. “You can’t turn the ball over twice, can’t miss field goals, so me and this team, we’re just going to continue to try and get better.”
Game changed on Bridgewater interception
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