Maybe this is too low. Sam Bradford looked great in Week 1, and since he got hurt Case Keenum has stepped in and actually played pretty well. Keenum’s 65.5 QBR is fifth best in the league, and he ranks a surprising eighth in yards per attempt (7.6). Add in the possible second-half return of Teddy Bridgewater from injury, and the Vikings appear to have some depth at a position where almost everyone lacks it. But the low mark is because of the future, which is a total unknown. Bradford and Bridgewater are both eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the season. Both are major health question marks. The Vikings have no idea who’ll be their quarterback in 2018, and honestly they don’t even really know who’ll be available to play the position for them in the second half of this season. Too much mystery here to have any confidence.
Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford enjoys seeing Newton at his best, except when he’s facing the Lions.
He’s fun to watch, right? Stafford said. The guy’s an MVP, a big-time player.
Stafford is a big-time player in his own right. He’s off to a strong start, throwing seven touchdown passes and just one interception.
Detroit (3-1) is a half-yard shy of being the only undefeated team in the NFC. The Lions lost their last home game when, upon an officials’ review, Golden Tate was ruled just short of the goal line in the closing seconds against Atlanta. The game ended on that play, because a 10-second runoff was required after the review because the Lions didn’t have any timeouts left.
The Lions bounced back from that gut-wrenching defeat by topping Minnesota 14-7 on the road.
Turnovers have been a major factor in Detroit’s quick start. It leads the league with a plus-9 in that category. The Lions’ 11 takeaways are tied for the league lead.