Defense, Special Teams shine again in Vikings 31-13 win over Texans

Defense, Special Teams shine again in Vikings 31-13 win over Texans

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Minnesota Vikings' Marcus Sherels, right, returns a punt 79-yards for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

Minneapolis – The Vikings seem to like trying to win without key components. No Teddy Bridgewater? Get Sam Bradford, AP goes down? Plug Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Asiata in. This week, Stefon Diggs was out with a groin injury. How would the Vikings respond? How about a season scoring high? The Vikings jumped out fast and led all the to a 31-13 win
The Vikings took the opening kickoff and marched 84 yards in 8 plays, and to the shock of many utilized the deep ball, going deep to Adam Thielen for 23 yards and one play after that deep again to Thielen for a 35 yard touchdown strike and just 3:37 into game the Vikes were up 7-0. After four games the Vikings scored on their first drive of the game. After a Texan 3 and out, the Vikings again set sail downfield on another 8 play drive, this time covering 55 yards and Matt Asiata blasting in from a yard out and the Vikings had more points in 8 minutes than they had in the four previous 1st quarters. After trading punts, the Texans has a shot at getting on the scoreboard but Nick Novak was wide right on a 51 yard attempt. The Vikes responded a 15 play 58 yards drive to the Houston 1, but couldn’t punch it in and Blair Walsh chipped in a 19 yard field goal. After another 3 and out drive by the Texans, the Vikings delivered the coup de gras. Marcus Sherels fielded the punt weaved his way through would be tacklers and raced back a 79 yard punt return for a 24-0 lead. The rest of the game was largely academic the Texans got on the board with a pair of Novak field goals but the Vikings finished their scoring with a touchdown pass from Bradford to Cordarrelle Patterson. The Texans scored on a touchdown pass from Brock Osweiler to DeAndre Hopkins but that only tightened the score to 31-13.
Sam Bradford was an efficient 22-30 for 271 yards and 2 scores, his QB rating was 93.3 and 123.1 on the NFL QB scale. The running game had 96 yards on 37 carries but kept the ball solidly in purple possession as the Vikings held the ball 37:28. The Vikings held Osweiler 184 yards on 19 of 42 passing. The Vikings dominated on both sides of the ball.

Defensive Report
Captain Munnerlyn Hunter Smith and Andrew Sendejo tied for the team lead with 6 tackles each. Tom Johnson had 6 QB hits. The Vikings held the Texans to 1-13 on 3rd down and held RB Lamar Miller to 20 yards on 8 carries

Special Teams
Marcus Sherels had the 79 yard return for a score, Cordarrelle Patterson, Charles Johnson and Sherels each had returns of 17 yards each. Walsh made all four extra point attempts and the short field goal. Jeff Locke had 5 punts averaging 46.2 yards a boot with a long of 55 yards.

Game Balls

Offense
Sam Bradford again played a flawless game, throwing two touchdowns with no picks and leading an offense that did not make a turnover. He got the Purple Posse out fast and they never looked back. Adam Thielen had 127 yards on 7 catches to lead the team. Heady numbers for someone that had only 144 yards receiving yards total in 2015

Defense
Brian Robison had 2 sacks and Tom Johnson hit Osweiler all day

Injury report
Brandon Fusco left the game on the first drive of the game with a concussion. MyCole Pruitt hurt his knee in the 3rd Quarter.

Quotable quote
“Everybody is hungry and everyone’s having fun,” wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “That’s what we like. And we want to keep smiles on everybody’s faces and keep proving people wrong and just keep going out there and doing it.”

That’s the fact
The Vikings 63 points allowed through 5 games is the fewest since 1986, and the Vikings 8th straight game allowing 20 or fewer points which is the longest active streak in the NFL.

Up Next
The Vikings have a well earned bye for week 6 the report will take the week off as well and preview the matchup against the Eagles in 10 days

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