More rapid thoughts from Minnesota’s win over Miami
Thielen snaps his away game touchdown drought: Adam Thielen has been a touchdown machine for the Vikings with more than 20 trips to the end zone since 2020. Heading into Sunday, however, Thielen only had one touchdown catch in his first five games this season.
That changed in Miami as the Minnesota receiver hauled in a two-yard score in the fourth quarter to give the Vikings a 16-3 lead. The touchdown catch was Thielen’s first on the road since Week 12 of last season against the San Francisco 49ers.
Wright makes up for his shank in Week 5: After his only punt last week traveled 15 yards, Vikings punter Ryan Wright began his afternoon in Miami with a booming 73-yard punt from Minnesota’s own end zone.
Wright went on to have a whopping 10 punts on Sunday, tied for the third-most in one game by Vikings punter in team history
O’Connell made the right adjustments after slow start: On each of the Vikings’ first five offensive drives of the game, they failed to get a single first down. Minnesota just couldn’t get anything going.
Luckily, Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell realized this, and he made some adjustments to the team’s offensive game plan. These adjustments allowed Minnesota to head into the half up 10-3 after scoring points on two of their final three offensive drives of the first half.
Cook comes up big in front of hometown fans: Playing in his hometown of Miami for the first time in his NFL career, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook didn’t do a whole lot out on the field for most of the game on Sunday. But when Minnesota needed him the most, Cook came up with a monumental play.
Leading 16-10 midway through the fourth quarter, the Vikings Pro Bowl running back got a carry and took it up the middle of the offensive line for a 53-yard touchdown, his longest gain of the season. Cook finished his day with 77 yards on 13 carries.