Minnesota Vikings Quiet the New York Giants

The Minnesota Vikings had a ton of drama heading into Sunday’s game on the road against the New York Giants. A lot of people have questioned whether or not Kirk Cousins is the right guy for Minnesota at the quarterback position. Although he silenced his doubters for the moment in this contest by completing 22-of-27 passes for 306 yards two touchdowns, along with three rushing yards on three carries in a 28-10 win for Minnesota over New York.

With the Vikings leading 3-0 in the second quarter, Adam Thielen caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins.

The Giants responded on the next drive with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Jones to Darius Slayton. Jones completed 21-of-38 passes for 181 yards one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for 12 yards on three carries.


Slayton caught four passes for 62 yards receiving and a score. However, it was a very quiet day for New York’s offense. In fact, the offensive line was overwhelmed. One of the reasons why is because the running game was non-existent. Wayne Gallman Jr. left the game in the first quarter with a concussion and he did not return.

Saquon Barkley is still out with an ankle injury. Jonathan Hilliman and Eliaj Penny were the only other healthy running backs on the roster.

Gallman Jr. rushed for 14 yards on two carries.

Hilliman rushed for 20 yards on nine carries and he also caught one pass for four yards receiving. Penny rushes for 15 yards on three carries and also caught one pass for nine yards receiving.

Golden Tate made his debut for New York and he only caught three passes for 13 yards receiving.

With Minnesota leading 13-7 in the second quarter, it appeared as if Dalvin Cook was going to score a touchdown but Jabrill Peppers forced a fumble and the Giants recovered.

On the next play, Anthony Barr tackled Jonathan Hilliman in the end zone for a Minnesota Vikings safety to go up 15-7.

With Minnesota up 18-10 in the fourth quarter, Cousins threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Thielen. He finished with seven receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

Dalvin Cook was the leading rusher for the Vikings with 132 yards on 21 carries. He also caught six receptions for 86 yards receiving.

Stefon Diggs held of practice for a day this week and he caught three passes for 44 yards receiving.

This was a big win for Minnesota. Dan Bailey made four field goals in this game for them. He made them from 31, 48, 32, and 45 yards.

Aldrick Rosas made a 32-yard field goal for New York in the third quarter. They turned the ball over on downs in the red zone a couple of times in the second half. The playcalling wasn’t that great, but Pat Shurmur did the best he could do with the personnel he had.

Linebacker Ryan Connelly did not play in this game because of a Torn ACL for the New York Giants and he will be out for the rest of the season.

Minnesota (3-2) will host the Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) next Sunday. New York (2-3) will go on the road and face the New England Patriots (5-0) on Thursday night.

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