For the first time all time, the Minnesota Vikings showed lifestyle on each sides of the ball.
The Vikings’ offense scored 30 factors. Minnesota took a direct into halftime. Safety Harrison Smith, who’d been fairly silent over the first two weeks of the year, picked off a move in the red zone. And, hey! Tennessee wasn’t equipped to nab the Vikings in the finish zone for a protection.
But in the conclude, the effort and hard work was not sufficient.
Tennessee’s 6-foot-3, 247-pound workhorse Derrick Henry plowed by Minnesota’s protection for 119 rushing yards and two scores, kicker Stephen Gostkowski drained all 6 field-intention makes an attempt and the Titans defeated Minnesota 31-30 on Sunday afternoon.
Gostkowski created 3 kicks of 50+ yards, such as the activity-profitable 55-yarder with one: 48 to enjoy. Quarterback Kirk Cousins and the offense experienced just under two minutes to put alongside one another a recreation-successful push, but a terrible snap cost the Vikings 14 yards, and sooner or later, the recreation.
This is the 2nd time in the Mike Zimmer era that the Vikings have a getting rid of document by means of a few games. It is the initially time considering the fact that 2013 that the Vikings have started out -3 — yep, Leslie Frazier’s last season in Minnesota.
For various moments, although, Minnesota looked like a skilled NFL workforce. Even though the loss sinks the Vikings to -3 and in very last location in the NFC North, it’ll preserve the #TankForTrevor bandwagon delighted for an additional 7 days.
Player OF THE Recreation
Minnesota has uncovered itself a new weapon. Justin Jefferson, the 22nd over-all choose this spring, caught a job-large 7 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. He’s the fourth Vikings rookie receiver to sign-up 170+ receiving yards in a video game, becoming a member of Sammy White (1976), Randy Moss (1998) and Paul Flatley (1963). Jefferson’s to start with career rating was electrical. He divided himself with simplicity from cornerback Johnathan Joseph, slice again inside near the sideline to prevent security Kenny Vaccaro, and did his signature dance shift, the “Griddy,” for the closing 5 yards into the end zone. Jefferson is a playmaker.
See you afterwards ✌️@JJettas2
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 27, 2020
Don’t Forget ABOUT ME
Speaking of playmakers, running back again Dalvin Cook ain’t as well shabby himself. Cook rushed for a vocation-large 181 yards and a rating on 22 carries — an regular of 8.2 yards for every hurry. He’s the initial Vikings managing again with 180+ hurrying yards in a recreation given that Adrian Peterson logged 203 yards in opposition to Oakland on Nov. 15, 2015.
Home Contact!@dalvincook will take it 39 yards for the rating.
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— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 27, 2020
Ok, this is wherever we recap the Push From Hell. After Gostkowski’s gut punch of a go-forward 55-yard subject intention, Minnesota had one: 48 to build a travel and get into industry-intention variety. As an alternative, it went like this: Roughing the passer (15-garden penalty), incomplete go, botched snap (-14 yards), incomplete go and a Hail Mary heave to Adam Thielen on fourth down that was intercepted. Ball sport.
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— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) September 27, 2020
-5: Minnesota has the 2nd-worst turnover ratio in the NFL at minus-five. Only Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles have been even worse in the turnover classification (-7). Cousins’ 6 interceptions and Cook’s fumble in opposition to the Titans provides up to 7 turnovers, in contrast to just two interceptions pressured by the defense (Smith in 7 days three and Eric Wilson towards Indianapolis). Oof.
THEY Explained IT
“I assumed there ended up periods we performed truly perfectly on defense, but the massive plays — you simply cannot do that. Occasionally men check out to make performs that they shouldn’t be attempting to make.” — head mentor Mike Zimmer
“It does not matter how numerous catches or TDs I experienced, we even now shed. We still have some items to repair and things to boost. Future 7 days we require to dial in and emphasis in and occur up with the W.” — vast receiver Justin Jefferson
“He had a fantastic video game these days. Actually happy of the way he performed, proud of him. Seem ahead to continuing to establish with him transferring ahead.” — quarterback Kirk Cousins on the rookie Jefferson
“We gave up like a few explosive performs that I can try to remember. We’ve got to restrict the explosives of course, but I felt like everybody was into it. Our energy was substantial, we ended up physical these days.” — linebacker Eric Kendricks
What is Future
It will be a fight concerning two -3 teams when the Vikings go head-to-head versus the Houston Texans on Sunday. Houston has misplaced to three of the leading AFC teams — Kansas Town, Baltimore and Pittsburgh. The Vikings have gained all four of their matchups with the Texans, with their most recent victory remaining a 31-13 victory in 2016.