Two weeks into the season and things aren’t looking good for the Minnesota Vikings, a team many picked to win the NFC North. The Vikings failed in just about every aspect on Sunday, getting dropped by the Indianapolis Colts, 28-11.
The Vikings had a solid opening drive in this one, but couldn’t finish it off and settled for a Dan Bailey field goal. The Colts’ opening drive ended with an Eric Wilson interception off of a great defensive effort by Harrison Smith but couldn’t move the ball, going three-and-out. Nyheim Hines had an excellent punt return that set up a short field. Four plays and 35 yards later, Jonathan Taylor ran in for a score from five yards out, and the Colts never looked back.
Taylored for Success
With Marlon Mack out for the season with an ACL tear, Colts rookie running back Jonathan Taylor made the most of his opportunity against a Vikings defensive line as toothless as a Bumble who had a run-in with an elf dentist. Taylor racked up 101 yards on 26 carries with a touchdown.
Another Week, Another 100-Yard Receiver
The Vikings were, again, victimized for 100 yards by an opposing receiver. This time, it was an unlikely candidate in Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox, with 111 yards on five grabs. Philip Rivers had an efficient game, completing 19-of-25 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown.
The Safety Dance
For the third-consecutive regular season game, the Vikings had a safety recorded against them. This one came on what looked to be a premature whistle that resulted in Kirk Cousins being ruled down in the end zone.
Vikings by the Numbers
It was a forgettable day for Vikings quarterback, Kirk Cousins. He looked flustered and well off of his game, completing just 11-of-26 passes for 113 yards. Cousins also threw three interceptions without a touchdown pass.
Dalvin Cook was, once again, a non-factor. He rushed only 14 times for 63 yards and a window-dressing score. As a team, the Vikings only ran 18 times for 80 yards.
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