While letting 458 yards to the Miami Dolphins, the Minnesota Vikings even now drowned their 7 days 6 foe with defense, if that can be thought.
The Vikings continued a time-prolonged craze of not on the lookout stellar but obtaining a way to win, downing Miami 24-16.
Minnesota now glares down at the Packers, Bears, and Lions, the operator of a 5-1 file and commanding lead in the NFC North, with a business grasp on the No. 2 seed in the NFC’s playoff standings. If the postseason began these days, the Vikings would host a playoff game at U.S. Lender Stadium as opposed to the defending champion Los Angeles Rams, Kevin O’Connell’s former employer.
The Vikings offense played terribly out of the gate, making three-and-out drives on four straight instances to start off the sport. And that naughtiness was a adjust of speed, as the Vikings have habitually begun video games incredibly hot on offense even though falling asleep in the 3rd Quarter.
But on Sunday, Minnesota woke up offensively in the 2nd Quarter, remained on-model with the 3rd Quarter nap, and dominated on offense in Quarter No. 4, capped by a 53-lawn touchdown gallop from Dalvin Prepare dinner, who grew up in Miami.
Minnesota was also awful on 3rd Down, changing just 2 times on 12 tries. Which is commonly a disaster recipe — for any workforce — but the Vikings protection blotted out the undesirable. Ed Donatell’s group recorded three turnovers, which served as full video game-changers. Without having them, Minnesota almost certainly would’ve missing.
Additionally, the Vikings recorded 6 sacks in a video game for the very first time in a significant video game given that 2018. They experienced 7 sacks in the 7 days 18 contest with Chicago previous 12 months, but that NFC North showdown was meaningless apart from draft-purchase positioning. Particularly in Miami, 2nd-yr EDGE rusher Patrick Jones stood out, notching 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss, and 3 total tackles. Jones played an improved function with D.J. Wonnum out thanks to illness.
Justin Jefferson had 107 obtaining yards in a sport that felt “quiet” by his standards. But that’s the place the NFL community is at with Jefferson — 107 yards is viewed as containment.
Ryan Wright boomed a 73-garden punt in 1st Quarter, a particular teams haymaker that flipped the area.
The Vikings have a bye in 7 days 7, resting up for a household video game in 7 days 8 versus the beleaguered 2-4 Arizona Cardinals.
Kirk Cousins threw a touchdown in the 36th straight sport, bumping the quarterback to seventh on the NFL’s all-time list of consecutive game titles with a touchdown pass.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs just about every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back again to 1996. Shown responsible pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).