A 28-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Kirk Cousins to wide receiver K.J. Osborn put the Minnesota Vikings ahead with under a minute remaining, a 28-24 lead they would ride to the finish line in a Week 3 win over the Detroit Lions.
Offensive spotlight: Jamaal Williams heavily outworked D'Andre Swift in the Lions' backfield. Although Williams played only one more snap (33 to 32), he handled 19 carries to Swift's seven and turned that into 85 yards, two scores and five forced missed tackles.
Defensive spotlight: Free agent signing Za'Darius Smith tallied a game-high five quarterback pressures and cleanly beat his blocker on another two reps en route to the highest pass-rushing grade of any defender, pending review.
Rookie spotlight: Aidan Hutchinson was held to two pressures — one hit and one hurry — on 34 pass-rushing snaps. He also missed a tackle in run defense but did have some positive plays in that facet.
Offensive line spotlight: In perhaps the best game of his young NFL career, Christian Darrisaw stayed clean pressure-wise on 42 such snaps. He also graded out well (70.0-plus mark) as a run-blocker, pending review.
|Jared Goff||14.88||25 / 41||277||6.8||1||1|
|Kirk Cousins||18.3||24 / 41||260||6.3||2||0|
|D'Andre Swift P||7.6||7||31||4.4||0||9|
|Amon-Ra St. Brown||13.3||9||6||73||8.1||0|
|T.J. Hockenson P||10.8||4||3||18||4.5||1|
|D'Andre Swift P||7.6||4||3||15||3.8||0|
|Irv Smith Jr.||5.2||6||2||32||5.3||0|