It wasn’t vivid – most Thursday video games don’t seem like – however the Minnesota Vikings shook off the 37-level beating by the Cowboys and spoke back by striking up 33 aspects on what changed into as soon as the NFL’s No. 1 scoring defense coming into Week 12.
The 33-26 victory will get Minnesota to 9-2 this season. Detroit dropping to the Funds has the Vikings’ magic quantity in the NFC North all of the manner down to two, that manner they could clinch the division as soon as Week 13.
The smartly-known particular person changed into as soon as Justin Jefferson, whose nine catches for 139 yards and a touchdown continued his surge into the NFL MVP conversation. He made two spectacular catches, both in double coverage, that situation up a pair of Minnesota touchdowns.
It changed into as soon as his use in the fourth quarter that won 36 yards and situation the stage for a Kirk Cousins-to-Adam Thielen 15-yard touchdown on the next play, which proved to be the game-winning ranking.
Jefferson’s use and Thielen’s touchdown were simplest most likely because Novel England changed into as soon as referred to as for a running into the kicker penalty, erasing a defensive cease and keeping Minnesota’s force alive. It took Minnesota apt three plays to steal support and ranking.
Novel England’s offense, which had two offensive touchdowns in its past three video games, shredded Minnesota’s defense the predominant three quarters however changed into as soon as then shut down in the fourth quarter. The Patriots scored on six of seven possessions to beginning the night however in the fourth quarter they punted twice, grew to alter into it over downs and then ran out of time on their final force.
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Adam Thielen caught a season-excessive nine passes for 61 yards and the aforementioned dart-ahead touchdown. T.J. Hockenson had five catches for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Kirk Cousins, despite an overthrow for an interception in the predominant half of, completed 30-of-37 for 299 yards and three touchdowns.
Minnesota’s dashing attack did nothing however abolish time. Dalvin Cook had 42 yards on 23 carries and the Vikings had apt 57 yards on the bottom as a team.
Minnesota took a 7-0 lead on a gap force touchdown from Cousins to Jefferson and the game changed into as soon as tied 16-16 at the half of previous to Novel England went 75 yards on their opening force of the third quarter, with Mac Jones discovering Hunter Henry for a 37-yard touchdown and a 23-16 lead.
It changed into as soon as all Vikings from there, outscoring the Patriots 17-3 over the past 25 minutes, 54 seconds.
Up next: Vikings vs. Jets, Sunday, Dec. 4 at 12 p.m.