Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions first divisional win against the Minnesota Vikings

1. Ameer Abdullah is starting to establish himself as the starting running back for the Lions

Abdullah almost rushed for 100 yards for the Lions, something Lions fans haven’t seen in years. He finished with 94 yards on 20 carries (4.7 yards per carry) and also had three receptions for 15 yards. Abdullah played a lot of snaps this week and is really starting to come along for the Lions offense. He has improved week by week and this is a great sign for the Lions. If he can stay healthy all year, the Lions may be looking at a 1,000+ yard rusher for them!

2. Anthony Zettel is establishing himself as a great defensive end as well

Zettel had the only sacks for the Lions this week and he also had a fumble recovery on top of that. That is two games in a row that Zettel has a sack and now he has four on the season. He has looked really good this season and he is starting to look like more of a threat on defense week by week. Along with Abdullah, if he can stay healthy all season, Zettel could end up putting up double digit sack numbers by the end of this season.

3. Every win doesn’t have to be pretty

The Lions showed that every win doesn’t have to be flashy in order for them to get the victory. The team only scored one touchdown, but they also ended up only giving up one touchdown. Timely stops, timely turnovers, and scoring at the right time is what it took to win this game. This was a huge win for the Lions as they were able to start off against the division on the right foot as they are now 1-0 in divisional play. This win was so significant because it shows that if the Lions struggle on offense, then they will make sure that the opponent’s offense struggles as well with them, which is what it takes to be an elite team when you can overcome adversity like that.

Overall, the Lions got a huge win this week. This win helps them start off in the division in the right direction and it shows that they overcame last week’s controversy. They have another tough test next week when they face the Carolina Panthers at home, who are fresh off beating the defending Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots on the road.