Turnovers have pushed Lions to encouraging start

The Detroit Lions are at the top of the NFL in turnover margin, and safety Miles Killebrew figures the defensive players can share the credit.

“Everyone doing their job,” Killebrew said Monday. “There’s enough plays to go around.”

Through four games, the Lions have forced 11 turnovers and lost only two, and that may be the biggest reason they’re off to such a promising start. Detroit beat Minnesota 14-7 on Sunday, recovering three fumbles by the Vikings in the second half.

The Lions (3-1) won on the road Sunday despite a rough game offensively. Down 7-3 at halftime, they recovered a fumble near midfield early in the third quarter, and a field goal cut the lead to one.

On the Vikings’ next play from scrimmage, Dalvin Cook fumbled, giving Detroit the ball at the Minnesota 29. That was a short enough field for the Lions to take advantage of, and a touchdown gave them the lead for good.

The Vikings’ final chance expired late in the fourth quarter, when another fumble around midfield was recovered by Detroit. The Lions had only 63 yards of offense in the second half and still won.

“You have to be able to win at a number of different ways,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “Sometimes it’s maybe an offensive juggernaut and your special teams are clicking, or maybe it’s your defense and your special teams, or maybe it’s just your special teams unit has done a great job in the game.”

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