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4-2-1, 1st in NFC North

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer goes from preparing for two rookie quarterbacks in Weeks 6-7 to game planning for Drew Brees, another QB Zimmer jokingly says should retire: "Different than it has been the last two weeks," Zimmer said of preparing for Brees. "This guy's amazing. I always thought when you talk about Hall of Fame quarterbacks, obviously he's going to be one, but he's very cerebral, accurate. He's moving well in the pocket. I was watching tape today on him like, ‘how old is this guy?' I thought he was getting old, but he moves well in the pocket. He's not really a runner, but he scrambles and usually he finds guys open. He knows where to go with the football and he's extremely accurate. They've got a great scheme; all kinds of things. They've got all different personnel groups. They use their backup quarterback Hill as a tight end, they use him as a running back, they use him as a quarterback to run the option. There's a lot of different things."

Saturday says Thielen 'best receiver in the NFL hands down' (0:56)

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings kicker Dan Bailey had dealt with the wind at MetLife Stadium before, but today was probably the most it affected the game plan/how the specialists approached things. Bailey said his operation, ball striking on the 42-yard field goal attempt the wind took wide left was ideal execution, and he could tell immediately that the wind was going to take the perfectly placed kick off course. "if I had to do it 10 more times, I'd do it the same way," Bailey said. "At our stadium on a day where there's no wind, no nothing, that would have been right down the middle. Unfortunately that happens sometimes but it was great operation, great ball strike. Just got a big gust of wind and knocked it down."

Smith says Thielen is 'unreal' (1:08)
Thielen credits teammates for his strong start (2:05)

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Talked with Pat Elflein about his barefoot warmup, which he said is something he does because it takes him longer to get his ankle warmed up after offseason surgery. Doing it barefoot, or in socks, helps his ankle/calf get used to the feeling of the turf and what he'll experience in games. "It was cold but if you're moving around a lot out there you don't really feel it," Elflein said.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

On the hit he took from Jamal Adams that caused him to spit up blood on the sideline, Adam Thielen said he thinks he cut "some stuff in my mouth" but was able to go back in the game not long after. Here's Thielen's explanation on what happened: "He got me in the chest, knocked the wind out of me and got me in the jaw a little bit. It was a good, clean hit, obviously. We'll see it on film. They're a good physical bunch and he's a good football player. I knew at some point he was going to get a piece of me."


Cousins, Murray lift Vikings past Darnold, Jets 37-17

Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes, Latavius Murray ran for two scores, and the Minnesota Vikings pulled away in the second half to beat the New York Jets 37-17 on Sunday for their third straight victory.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Most fantasy points by a wide receiver through his team's first seven games of a season: Crazy Legs Hirsch, 1951: 202.4 Bobby Mitchell, 1962: 192.7 Marvin Harrison, 1999: 186.8 Raymond Berry, 1960: 186.2 Charley Hennigan, 1961: 183.4 Adam Thielen, 2018: 179.2 Torry Holt, 2003: 178.3 Wes Welker, 2011: 177.3 Randy Moss, 2007: 177.2 Steve Smith, 2005: 175.5 (Since 1950)

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Vikes' Thielen has 7th straight 100-yard game

Minnesota's standout receiver, Adam Thielen, became the first player in the Super Bowl era to catch for at least 100 yards in his team's first seven games.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings lead remains 10-7 going into the half after the wind carried Dan Bailey's 42-yard field goal wide left. Brutal first half of offensive football for both teams. Vikings failed to convert on a single third down (0-for-8) and generated just 15 yards on the ground. After leading Minnesota on a touchdown drive after the opening kickoff, Kirk Cousins cooled off considerably, finishing the first half 12-of-23 passing for 104 yards and a touchdown. Minnesota's plays are taking too much time to develop, and it's not allowing them to take advantage of the great field position its special teams unit has put them in throughout the game. Punter Matt Wile landed 3 punts inside the 20 and got Cousins out of a huge bind in the first quarter, punting 68 yards after the Vikings were pinned at their own 1-yard line.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings offensive line in a bind with the right knee injury to Tom Compton, who is questionable to return. With Danny Isidora filling in at left guard, only Brett Jones remains on the bench.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Per ESPN Stats and Information, Adam Thielen's TD was his deepest reception of the season (34 air yards). He had previously only been targeted 30+ yards downfield once this season. He's 66 yards away from becoming the first player of the Super Bowl era to record 100 yards receiving in each of his team's first seven games.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Linval Joseph (ankle/knee/shoulder) is INACTIVE vs. Jets. He was listed as questionable after returning to practice on a limited basis Friday. Did not see Joseph on the field during warmups this morning. Other inactives: Cook (hamstring), Reiff (foot), Sendejo (groin), Griffen (not football related), Sloter, Downs.

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings-Jets had attracted the most-lopsided betting action heading into Sunday morning at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, where 92 percent of the bets and 94 percent of the money that had been wagered on the game was on favored Minnesota.

Cousins' routine for the rest of his life (4:05)

Team Stats

Passing Yards293.07th
Rushing Yards87.427th
Points For25.314th
Points Against23.614th

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