Cousins outduels Rodgers as Vikings get a big win over the Packers

(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /

The Minnesota Vikings picked up their sixth win of the 2018 season by defeating the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night inside U.S. Bank Stadium.

After coming out flat in a loss to the Chicago Bears last week, the Minnesota Vikings needed a win badly over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Well, thanks to solid performances on both sides of the ball, the Vikings were able to leave U.S. Bank Stadium this week with a 24-17 win over the Packers.

With the victory, Minnesota is now 6-4-1 this season and currently sitting as the fifth seed in the NFC playoff picture. However, the Vikings are still a game and a half out of first place in the NFC North behind the Bears.

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Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins rebounded on Sunday after a forgettable performance last week against Chicago. Cousins completed 29 of his 38 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns in his second matchup of the year with Green Bay

In two games against the Packers this season, the Vikings quarterback threw for a total of 767 yards, seven touchdowns, and just one interception. Performances like the one he had on Sunday night are exactly why Minnesota shelled out the big bucks to land Cousins this past offseason.

Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs continued their onslaught of the Green Bay defense this year as the two receivers combined for 16 catches, 202 yards, and two touchdowns. Thielen, finished with over 100 yards for the ninth time this year, breaking the Vikings’ all-time single-season record previously held by some guy named Randy Moss.

Minnesota’s defense also did an excellent job against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense this week. Rodgers had pressure in his face all night (sacked four times) and he threw for just 198 yards and one touchdown.

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The Vikings got a much needed win on Sunday night, but their schedule isn’t about to get any easier as they have to head out on the road for big matchup against Tom Brady and the 8-3 New England Patriots next week