Lions Defense Upset With 'Ridiculous' Performance Against Vikings

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On paper, the Lions' defense looked fierce this season. On the field, it's been more of a farce. 

The latest disappointment came Sunday when Detroit conceded 42 points and over 500 yards in a loss to the Vikings. That included 166 yards on the ground, another blemish on what was supposed to be a relentless front seven. 

It left the leaders of that unit shaking their heads. 

"They ran for almost 200 yards," said linebacker Devon Kennard. "That’s ridiculous." 

The Vikings pushed the Lions around from start to finish. Particularly in the fourth quarter, when a couple stops could have swung the game, the defense was out of answers. Detroit's offense put up 30 points, the most against the Vikings this season, but it didn't matter on a day that Minnesota's couldn't be contained. 

The Lions forced just two punts all game. 

"I feel like they had their way with us defensively," said Kennard. "It’s very frustrating, disappointing and nobody is coming to save us. We have to bond together on defense, figure this thing out and find ways to stop these offenses.”

Hopes were high for this defense on the heels of a great second half in 2018, followed by some splashy moves in the offseason. It had the look of a top-10 -- maybe top-5 -- unit. The potential has been squandered so far. Entering