By Adam Roberts – 9/28/2020
Normally after a Vikings’ loss, fans and media like to point the finger at QB Kirk Cousins and his production totals, or lack thereof.
It’s hard to do that this week.
Sure, Cousins did have two interceptions in the team’s 31-30 Week Three loss to Tennessee, including one late in the fourth quarter on an attempted game-winning drive. But he also finished 16 of 27 with 251 yards and three touchdowns. He was clicking in particular with rookie receiver Justin Jefferson, who had seven receptions for 175 yards and a touchdown.
Dalvin Cook also was largely effective, rushing for a career-high 181 yards and a score despite fumbling early on.
Ultimately, the game felt like the Vikings encountered problems similar to what the Atlanta Falcons are going through right now: defense not being able to clamp down and support the high-scoring effort of the offense. The Titans scored on all their second half drives except for their final, kneel-down, trip onto the field. Running back Derrick Henry was also predictably an issue, rushing for 119 yards and two scores.
Minnesota is 0-and-3 for the first time since 2013 and visits the Houston Texans Sunday.