10 rapid thoughts on the Vikings win over the Saints in Week 4
By Adam Patrick
Even more rapid thoughts from Minnesota’s win over New Orleans
Jefferson returns to form: Justin Jefferson was in a bit of a slump during his last two games, but he certainly quieted his doubters on Sunday against the Saints.
In Minnesota’s victory, Jefferson wound up hauling in 10 catches for 147 yards on 13 targets. This is the kind of production that many have come to expect from the Vikings receiver and, hopefully, it’s able to continue for the next few weeks.
Wright can do it all: We already know that Minnesota punter Ryan Wright can boot the ball down the field, but on Sunday, he showed that he can pass the ball when needed as well.
Thanks to a completion from Wright to wide receiver Jalen Nailor on a fake punt in the third quarter, the Vikings were able to stay on the field after converting a 4th-and-2. Minnesota wound up ending this drive with a Greg Joseph field goal.
Cousins continues to struggle: Kirk Cousins hasn’t exactly lit up the stat sheet in each of the Vikings’ four games this season. Cousins’ numbers so far this year are actually some of the worst he’s had as a starter.
His struggles continued on Sunday as he threw for 273 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. We have yet to see a game this season where Cousins truly dominates the opponent, and it might be time to wonder if that’s ever going to happen this year.
Another NFC North matchup on deck for the Vikings: For their next game, Minnesota will attempt to improve their record to 4-1 this season when they host the Chicago Bears inside U.S. Bank Stadium next Sunday, October 9, at 12 p.m. CST.