10 quick thoughts on the Vikings win over the Jets in Week 13

(Photo by Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports) Jalen Reagor
(Photo by Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports) Jalen Reagor /
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More rapid thoughts from Minnesota’s win over New York

Smith ties his career-high: On the opening drive of the game, Minnesota safety Harrison Smith wound up picking off a pass thrown by New York quarterback Mike White.

For Smith, it was his fifth interception of the year, which is tied for the most he’s ever had in a single season. With five games left on the Vikings’ schedule, there seems to be a good chance that the veteran safety will set a new single-season career-high for interceptions.

Joseph finally hits a long FG: Vikings kicker Greg Joseph opened up the 2022 season by knocking down a field-goal attempt from 56 yards away during Minnesota’s Week 1 win over the Green Bay Packers.

Since then, however, Joseph had missed his next five field-goal tries from distances of 50 yards or more heading into Week 13. Luckily for the Vikings, their kicker brought that to and end on Sunday against the Jets when he put three points on the board after converting a field-goal attempt from 51 yards away in the first quarter.

Reagor gets more action on offenseWe haven’t seen much from Minnesota wide receiver Jalen Reagor this year, as he had just five catches for 49 yards and a score heading into Week 13. On Sunday, however, the Vikings decided to give Reagor some opportunities to get the football in his hands.

The young Minnesota receiver began his day by hauling in a 38-yard pass in the second quarter, a key play during a drive that resulted in the team’s second touchdown of the afternoon. Then in the third quarter, Reagor also had a rushing attempt that resulted in an eight-yard gain.

Evans dealing with another concussion: In his first action after missing the last two games due to a concussion, Vikings rookie cornerback Akayleb Evans is back in the concussion protocol following a collision with Harrison Smith on Sunday.

Evans was evaluated on the sideline after the hit, he went back into the game for one play, and then he headed to the locker room for further evaluation. This is something Minnesota will definitely have to approach with caution, especially since he just recovered from a concussion.