Mike Zimmer’s club looked to make it two straight wins for the first time all season as they hosted the rival Lions. It was another huge outing by Vikings’ running back Dalvin Cook, who followed up his big showing at Green Bay by carrying 22 times for 206 yards and two scores. Quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 220 yards and three scores and a much-maligned defensive unit picked off Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford and Chase Daniel three times.
A year ago, the team set a dubious franchise record by losing its first 11 games. This season, the Bengals looked like an improved club with rookie quarterback Joe Burrow at the controls, although the defense continues to have its issues. Entering Week 9, only two teams in the league were giving up more rushing yards per game. The team allowed 24 offensive touchdowns in eight games – 17 through the air – and the team has managed just 11 sacks.
The 49ers’ home record dipped to 1-4 as the undermanned defending NFC champions were overwhelmed by the Packers. Green Bay owned the football for 36:30 and rolled up 34 points and 405 total yards. Nick Mullens wound up with decent numbers (291 passing yards and 1 touchdown) but turned over the ball twice. Kyle Shanahan’s club has now outscored teams 124-44 in its four wins while being outscored a combined 163-101 in five losses in 2020.