10 quick thoughts on the Vikings win over the Commanders in Week 9

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) K.J. Osborn
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The improbable season for the Minnesota Vikings continued on Sunday as they were able to escape with a win over the Washington Commanders.

Road games in the NFL are usually difficult, regardless of who the opponent is, and the Minnesota Vikings found this out on Sunday when they faced the Washington Commanders inside FedEx Field.

Many expected the Vikings to win, and they did by a final score of 20-17, but the Commanders definitely gave them a fight. With the victory on Sunday though, Minnesota is now sitting with a 7-1 record for the first time since the 2009 season.

We’ll have a more detailed look at what took place in Washington this week in the near future, but for now, what are some of the quick takeaways from Minnesota’s Week 9 win?

Rapid thoughts on the Vikings win over the Commanders

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Minnesota maintains composure once againWith less than 15 minutes left in the game, the Vikings found themselves trailing the Commanders by 10 points. Despite Minnesota’s deficit, however, they kept their focus on getting a win, and that’s what they did.

The Vikings scored a total of 13 points on their final three drives of the contest, all in the fourth quarter, and this wound up being enough to result in a victory.

Hockenson impresses in purple debut: T.J. Hockenson hasn’t even been a member of Minnesota’s roster for a full week yet, but he still found a way to make an impact on Sunday in Washington.

Hockenson was targeted nine times against the Commanders, and he caught all seven passes for 70 yards. The new tight end quickly became a safety blanket for Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins when he couldn’t find anyone else open on Sunday.