Big Plays Outshined By Big Boot

Big Plays Outshined By Big Boot

The Minnesota Vikings lost to the Tennessee Titans this Sunday in a back and forth battle of wills. The Titans took an early lead with a pair of field goals by Stephen Gostkowski, one following a Dalvin Cook fumble, but Minnesota quickly struck back with Cook running a 39-yard touchdown on the following drive. Kirk Cousins threw a touchdown in the back of the endzone to Adam Thielen to put the Vikings up 14-6 later on in the second quarter, which was then followed by a field goal for each side. Sending the game 17-9 Vikings into the half. 

The second half of the game was filled with big plays for both sides. On the first play of the third quarter, Cousins tossed a pick-six, which was then called back due to a blindside block by Jadeveon Clowney. The interception led to a 3 and out and then a missed field goal by Dan Bailey. Following the missed field goal, the Titans took the ball 7 yards for Gostkowski to kick his 4th consecutive field goal, sending the score to 17-12 Vikings. 

From here on out it was a shootout between the two contenders. Cousins throws a 71-yard bomb to Rookie Justin Jefferson for his first NFL touchdown bumping the lead to 24-12. The Titans responded with Derrick Henry running in his first two touchdowns of the season after big setups from Corey Davis, 38 yards, and Kalif Raymond, 62 yards. A failed 2-point conversion left the score at 25-24 Titans. The Vikings came back and scored on a touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph, his first of the year, but they could not stop Gostkowski. He kicked two more field goals tying his career-best 6 made and his third game winning kick of the season. 

Cousins had a better outing than last week going 16-27 with 251 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Cook, 22 carries for 181 yards and a touchdown, and Jefferson, 7 receptions for 175 yards and a touchdown, also had stat filled games, but it was not enough to get out from under the giant boot of Gostkowski. Gostkowski’s perfect performance today came after missing 5 field goals in his last two games. Other noteworthy Titans are Henry who finished with 26 carries for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns and Raymond who had 3 receptions for 118 yards. The Titans move to 3-0 and take on The Pittsburgh Steelers while the now 0-3 Vikings will try to right the ship against Houston. 

Photo Credit: USA Today 

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