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NFL Week 3 Game Recap: Minnesota Vikings 28, Detroit Lions 24

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (4) runs the ball as Detroit Lions linebacker Alex Anzalone (34) and cornerback Amani Oruwariye (24) pursue during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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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.

Box Score

Passing
Detroit Lions
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Jared Goff 14.88 25 / 41 277 6.8 1 1
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Kirk Cousins 18.3 24 / 41 260 6.3 2 0
Rushing
Detroit Lions
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Jamaal Williams 24.7 20 87 4.4 2 15
Jared Goff 14.88 2 8 4 0 5
D'Andre Swift P 7.6 7 31 4.4 0 9
Craig Reynolds 2.8 6 13 2.2 0 5
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Kirk Cousins 18.3 1 -1 -1 0 -1
Dalvin Cook 14.6 17 96 5.6 1 13
Alexander Mattison 11.4 7 28 4 1 9
Receiving
Detroit Lions
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Jamaal Williams 24.7 2 2 20 10 0
Josh Reynolds 15.6 10 6 96 9.6 0
Amon-Ra St. Brown 13.3 9 6 73 8.1 0
T.J. Hockenson P 10.8 4 3 18 4.5 1
DJ Chark 7.6 6 3 46 7.7 0
D'Andre Swift P 7.6 4 3 15 3.8 0
Craig Reynolds 2.8 1 1 5 5 0
Kalif Raymond 1.4 1 1 4 4 0
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
K.J. Osborn 18.3 8 5 73 9.1 1
Adam Thielen 18.1 8 6 61 7.6 1
Alexander Mattison 11.4 1 1 16 16 0
Irv Smith Jr. 5.2 6 2 32 5.3 0
Ben Ellefson 4.4 2 2 24 12 0
Justin Jefferson 4.4 6 3 14 2.3 0
Johnny Mundt 4.3 2 2 23 11.5 0
C.J. Ham 3.5 3 2 15 5 0
Jalen Reagor 1.2 1 1 2 2 0

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