Devon Kennard: 'Film Doesn't Lie'

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Detroit linebacker Devon Kennard was spot on in his assessment of the Lions' defensive performance on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. 

"I don't think we stopped them in the first half or the second half," Kennard said. 

The major takeaway following the Lions' 42-30 loss to the Vikings was the disappointing performance by the defense. 

Missed tackles, little-to-no pressure on Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins and allowing Dalvin Cook to rush for 142 yards and two touchdowns only begin to highlight the struggles of the Lions defensively on Sunday. 

"They ran for almost 200 yards ... that's ridiculous," Kennard commented.

He added, "Film doesn't lie. We all have to bond together and get it fixed. It is not one guy. It is going to be all of us." 

Kennard was not willing to blame any of the struggles on Darius Slay and Damon Harrison exiting from the game prematurely due to injury. 

"It is definitely two of our better players defensively, and that is not a good thing," Kennard said. "But there is no excuse. We have a ton of talent on this defense. We just need to play better." 

If you had told Detroit fans earlier in the week that the Lions would score 30 points against the Vikings Sunday, many would have thought that the Lions would be victorious. 

"Being a defensive guy, I look at the offense, and I think (if) they score 30 points, that is more than enough for us to win," Kennard said. "We have to be able to stop them, and at some point, (it was) three or four drives in a row (in which) they scored on us. Man, we have to get stops. That is what it comes down to."

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