It wasn’t one of the Vikings’ prettiest victories, but a win is a win is a win.
Latavius Murray rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries for the Vikings’ 31st-ranked rushing game as Minnesota beat Arizona 27-17.
Receiver Adam Thielen had his sixth consecutive 100-yard game, catching 11 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Kirk Cousins went 24-of-34 for 233 yards with one touchdown and an interception. He scored on a 7-yard run, but his fumble resulted in a scoop and score for Budda Baker.
The Cardinals gained 269 yards but went 0-for-10 on third down and turned it over twice.
Josh Rosen went 21-of-31 for 240 yards and an interception. Christian Kirk caught six passes for 77 yards.
Vikings first-round pick Mike Hughes hurt his knee on Sunday and initial reports indicate that the cornerback’s rookie season is over.
The Eagles have indeed created millions in cap space, with the simple stroke of a pen.
Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox has signed a restructured contract that pushes a large chunk of his 2018 and 2019 compensation into future years, adding extra space this year and next year. The specific details appear below.
Per a source with knowledge of the contract, the Eagles converted $8.19 million in remaining 2018 salary to a bonus that will prorate at $1.638 million per year through 2022. The net 2018 cap savings becomes $6.552 million.
Come next year, $14.67 million of Cox’s $15.6 million base salary becomes payable as an option bonus, reducing his base salary to $930,000. The device drops the cap number arising from the $14.67 million payment to $2.934 million per year, through 2023. The option bonus creates $11.736 million in cap space, with a net cap reduction (given the 2018 cap savings) of $10.098 million for 2019.
FOX and the NFL got lucky on Thursday night with a great matchup — a matchup great enough to hold its own against an evening of TV news consumption following one of the most compelling political hearings in recent memory.
Via John Ourand of SportsBusiness Daily, the Vikings-Rams game generated a 10.7 overnight rating. That’s an eight-percent increase from last year’s Week Four Thursday night game between the Bears and the Packers.
Ourand notes that the spike in ratings looks even better when considering that the combined rating for the three major cable-news networks (MSNBC, FOX News, CNN) averaged 8.3, a 77-percent climb for the comparable night in 2017, 84-percent more than the comparable night in 2016, and 144-percent higher than the comparable night in 2015.
The Bills didn’t score any points in the second half of Sunday’s game against the Vikings, but it’s hard to imagine anyone in Buffalo getting too upset about that development.
They scored the first 27 points of the game, led 27-0 at halftime and cruised to a 27-6 win for the most surprising result of Week Three. The Bills had been handled with little sweat by the Ravens and Chargers in the first two weeks of the season and were 16.5-point underdogs in a road game against the Vikings, but they opened the game strong and never turned back.
Josh Allen ran for a 10-yard touchdown to open the game, added a sneak for another and threw a touchdown pass to Jason Croom while the more heralded Kirk Cousins lost a pair of fumbles in the first quarter. The Vikings offense didn’t cross midfield until the second half and didn’t get on the scoreboard until there were under three minutes left to play in the game.
With a couple of hundred million dollar’s worth of quarterbacks on the field, the Packers and Vikings game came down to kickers.
Vikings rookie kicker Daniel Carlson missed a pair of field goals in overtime, with the second coming as time expired, leaving the Packers and Vikings tied 29-29.
The 35-yarder as the 70th minute ticked off the clock was painful, but his third of the day. The fifth-rounder from Auburn also missed a 49-yarder earlier in overtime, and a 48-yarder in regulation.
Of course, if Packers kicker Mason Crosby had hit his, it would have never gotten that far.
Crosby had hit his first five field goals in regulation, and his first chance at his sixth one. But the 52-yarder was waved off after a timeout, and he missed the subsequent attempt.
While most of the disappointment in the 49ers’ locker room Sunday stemmed from the team’s offensive struggles, coach Kyle Shanahan believed his team’s defense generally played well enough to win.
The 49ers opened the season with a 24-16 loss to the Vikings in which the defense got off to an encouraging start.
“I thought our pass rush was good,” Shanahan said. “We held them to 17 points [on offense]. Holding that team to 17 points, I thought that would be good enough for us to win.
“I thought we could have tackled a little bit better, from what I saw, but I thought they played good enough to win.”
The Vikings outgained the 49ers 343 yards to 327. Minnesota ran 10 more plays from scrimmage than the 49ers, who had 20 first downs to the Vikings’ 19.
“I think we played all right,” said 49ers defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, who recorded 2½ of the 49ers’ three sacks of Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.
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