Latavius Murray had 84 yards rushing and a 2-yard score, giving the Vikings a 27-10 lead early in the third quarter.
With Roberts out, Hakeem Valles will serve as the Lions No. 3 tight end on Sunday against the Packers.
"For me, this is the first year that I've ever gotten to play as a starter in the NFL", Hundley said. "I was just happy he called it. Guys were fired up in the huddle that he called it".
Vikings: CB Trae Waynes left the game with an injured right shoulder, but was able to return.
McCarthy concluded by saying he never had a problem with his team's work ethic, though he felt as a group it took longer than other years for the full week of preparation to "look the way it's supposed to", and for the veterans and young players to get on the same page. But they had a surprise in store for the Lions' special teams.
The Packers opened the game with an onside kick in a game with no stakes but pride. Kicker Mason Crosby booted a nice one-bouncer 14 yards into the hands of safety Jermaine Whitehead at the Green Bay 49-yard line.
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Later, the Lions make a field goal and the game is tied at 3 at the end of the first quarter.
"Last year, we couldn't buy a big play", Stafford said.
But there is also an argument to be made that the Detroit Lions actually need a more offensive-minded coach in the position as a more balanced attack would help both sides of the ball as well as lengthen quarterback Matthew Stafford's career.
Stafford threw a go-ahead, 54-yard pass to Kenny Golladay.
He started out this season on a high note, scoring two touchdowns against the Cardinals in Week 1. They had seven all of previous year.
That will likely spell the end for Caldwell, who said he doesn't know exactly when he'll meet with Quinn to determine his future. "It was a lot of fun".