In front of a rowdy home crowd on Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings came out and got a much-needed victory over a talented Philadelphia Eagles team.
Sunday’s matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles presented the Minnesota Vikings with a big opportunity. With a convincing win, the Vikings would let it be known that they are going to be a contender in the NFC this season.
Well, Minnesota certainly came away with a convincing victory over the Eagles this week. After storming out to a 24-3 lead, the Vikings walked off the field inside U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday with a 38-20 win over Philadelphia.
Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins looked like he was playing with something to prove this week. Cousins completed 22 of his 29 passes for 333 yards, four touchdowns, and just one interception.
Three of his touchdown passes landed in the hands of Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs on Sunday. Diggs had a monster performance against Philadelphia, ending his afternoon with seven catches for 167 yards and three trips to the end zone.
The Eagles actually figured out how to stop Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook this week, but they forgot about the Vikings’ other running backs too. Minnesota was able to rack up 122 yards on the ground, the highest rushing total allowed by Philadelphia all season long.
It was a bit of an up and down day for the Vikings’ defense against the Eagles. After holding Philadelphia to just 10 points in the first half, Minnesota allowed their opponent to decrease their deficit to just four points in the third quarter.
The Vikings’ defense then stepped up their play and caused two game-altering turnovers in the fourth quarter. They’ll probably get a lecture from Mike Zimmer this week, but Minnesota’s defenders came up big on Sunday when they needed to.
With the victory over Philadelphia, the Vikings improved their record to 4-2, keeping pace with the other top teams in the NFC. Minnesota will attempt to extend their winning streak to three next Sunday when they head out on the road to take on the Detroit Lions.