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MINNEAPOLIS– After an awful start to the season, the Minnesota Vikings offense discovered its firepower versus Tennessee.It began in the first quarter with running back Dalvin Cook. After coughing up the football on the second play from scrimmage on Minnesota’s 2nd drive of the game, Cook provided the Vikings their very first score after rushing 39 backyards for a touchdown.A seven-play drive that went 76 yards in 3 minutes, 18 seconds culminated with Cook taking a handoff from Kirk Cousins up the ideal side of the field, aided by a solid lead block from tight end Irv Smith Jr. to open a rushing lane . Three Titans defenders trailed Cook for the final 30 lawns of his run as the running back waltzed into the endzone untouched.Following Dan Bailey’s effective point after, the Vikings took a 7-6 lead.Cook has actually now scored a hurrying touchdown in 14 of his last 17 games. The 39-yard run was the second-longest of his career (75-yarder versus Green Bay in 2019). On Minnesota’s next drive
, its 4th of the firsthalf, Cousins found rookie broad out Justin Jefferson on the outside for a 31-yard reception. The quarterback then rolled to his right on the ensuing play, buying himself time to find Thielen in the endzone for a 16-yard rating. It was Cousins ‘first
goal pass on a rollout this season. Last season, Cousins tossed nine touchdown hands down rollouts, which was connected with Deshaun Watson for the most in the NFL, according to ESPN Statistics and Information.Jefferson, who offensive organizer Gary Kubiak said recently will be used more frequently, ended up being the very first Vikings rookie with 100 getting lawns in a half because Randy Moss on Nov. 26, 1998 against the Cowboys. That was Moss’famous Thanksgiving performance– 3 catches, 163 Yards, 3 TD( 51-yd, 56-yd, 56-yd ratings). The first-round receiver recorded the first goal of his profession in the 3rd quarter when Cousins hit Jefferson on a deep play-action drop back for a 71-yard score. The Louisiana native paid
tribute to his home state by doing”The Griddy”dance as he crossed into the endzone, a celebration he made helped make famous throughout his record-setting year at LSU in 2019.