Cousins leads Vikings past Lions 42-30
Monday, October 21, 2019

(DETROIT) – The Minnesota Vikings were so confident in Kirk Cousins they called for a deep pass, instead of a more conservative run, to seal a victory against the Detroit Lions. He validated the gutsy decision by connecting with Stefon Diggs on a 66 yard pass from deep in his territory with two-plus minutes left after matching a career high with four touchdown passes, leading the surging Vikings to a 42-30 win over the slumping Lions. The Vikings (5-2) were able to run almost any play through the air or on the ground to have success against Detroit on Sunday. Cousins was 24 of 34 for a season-high 337 yards and threw four TDs for a second straight week. It certainly helped to have the option, or the threat, of handing the ball off to Dalvin Cook, who had 25 carries for 142 yards rushing and scored his second TD after Cousins connected with Diggs late in the game. Minnesota has won three consecutive games in part because of Cousins, who is the first QB in league history to throw for at least 300 yards with a 130-plus passer rating in three straight games. Matthew Stafford also threw four TD passes, all to Marvin Jones, and became the fastest to reach 40,000 yards passing in NFL history. Jones became the first Lions player in the Super Bowl era with four receiving TDs in a game and joined Jerry Rice and Sterling Sharpe as the only players in the league since 1950 to catch four TD passes in two games. The Lions (2-3-1) dropped their third straight game after a 2-0-1 start. Their defense simply couldn't get Cousins off the field. Stafford was 30 of 45 for 364 yards with four TD passes and an interception on his last possession. Jones had 10 receptions for four TDs, matching his best total from 2013 when he played for Cincinnati. Danny Amendola had eight receptions for 105 yards. Lions running back Kerryon Johnson injured his knee in the game and did not return. Neither did teammate, cornerback Darius Slay, after injuring his hamstring.