Minnesota Vikings Best and Worst: Week 3 vs. Tennessee Titans

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Justin Jefferson
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Justin Jefferson /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 27: Dalvin Cook #33 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball for a touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the Tennessee Titans at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
Dalvin Cook #33 of the Minnesota Vikings (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) /

More Good Stuff

Unlike the previous two games of the season, there were some really good positives to take away from this game. Even with the contest being a loss, it has to be reassuring to know that the Minnesota Vikings can play like a good football team against a tough opponent.

That includes positives from the offense and defense. Considering both units looked like hot garbage against the Packers and Colts, that’s a considerable step forward for a team where fans are already talking about who to draft in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Other good things from Week 3

  • Setting a personal best. Jefferson wasn’t the only one having a day. Running back Dalvin Cook set a personal best by rushing for 181 yards on 22 carries, an average of 8.2 yards per attempt. One of those runs was an impressive 39-yard touchdown.
  • Playing the field. Harrison Smith knows how to play the field. No matter what he is asked to do, he does it well. This time, that was made obvious by a great interception where he stretched out while patrolling the middle of the field.
  • Taking advantage of opportunities. Adam Thielen only had four passes thrown his way in this game, but one of them was a hail mary and the other three were hauled in. In addition, one of his three catches for 29 yards was hauled in for a nice 16-yard score.
  • He is still one of the best. It would be criminal to mention Eric Kendricks here. Once again, he led the team in tackles with ten, six of those being solo. Plus, he continued his good coverage by breaking up a pass attempt.