Nov 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (87) runs with the ball while New England Patriots safety Adrian Phillips (21) defends during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Kirk Cousins, Vikings overtake Patriots in fourth quarter

Kirk Cousins threw for three touchdowns, including the game-winner to Adam Thielen, as the Minnesota Vikings earned a 33-26 win over the New England Patriots on Thursday night in Minneapolis.

Cousins, who capped the scoring with a 15-yard TD pass to Thielen with 9:34 left to play, completed 30 of 37 passes for 299 yards and an interception for the Vikings (9-2).

Justin Jefferson hauled in nine catches for 139 yards and a touchdown, and Dalvin Cook rushed 22 times for 42 yards.

Jefferson finished the night with 4,248 receiving yards, the most ever for a receiver in his first three NFL season. The old mark was set by another Viking, Randy Moss, who amassed 4,163 receiving yards from 1998-2000.

Patriots quarterback Mac Jones was also impressive, finishing with a career-high 382 yards and two touchdowns on 28-for-39 passing, as New England (6-5) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.

Five Patriots receivers finished with at least 60 yards in what was a balanced passing attack.

Hunter Henry hauled in a 37-yard touchdown reception to close New England’s first drive of the second half, putting the Patriots up 23-16. However, that advantage lasted just 13 seconds, as Kene Nwangwu took the ensuing kickoff 97 yards to the end zone.

Henry seemingly caught another touchdown pass on New England’s next drive, but the ruling on the field was reversed, forcing the Patriots to settle for a 25-yard Nick Folk field goal.

Greg Joseph’s 36-yarder for Minnesota then made it 26-26 at the beginning of the fourth.

Late in the second quarter, Folk booted a 40-yard field goal to put New England up 13-10, but the Vikings responded. Cousins threw a 1-yard scoring strike to T.J. Hockenson, but Joseph missed the extra point.

New England then drove deep into Minnesota territory, and Folk’s kick was good from 23 yards out with three seconds left to send the teams into halftime with the score 16-16.

Minnesota carved up the Patriots’ defense on the opening drive of the game, using eight plays to move 80 yards for a 7-0 lead. Cousins closed the march with a 6-yard TD pass to Jefferson.

It didn’t take long for New England to respond, though, as it scored just 2:19 later when Jones connected with Nelson Agholor for a 34-yard touchdown. Folk added a 34-yard field goal later in the opening quarter.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) sacks Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and forces a fumble during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings hungry for holiday reset, host Patriots

If Marcus Jones hadn’t returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown with five seconds remaining in regulation last week, the New England Patriots may have found themselves in the same salty mood the Minnesota Vikings bring into their holiday meeting.

The Vikings (8-2) followed an overtime win over AFC heavyweight Buffalo with a 40-3 basting at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, leading them to eagerly shuffle into Week 12 preparation and a primetime date with the Patriots (6-4).

Despite recording just 10 points, New England still managed to pull off a 10-3 win over the Jets. The Patriots’ defense was suffocating, holding New York to just 2 yards total offense in the second half and 103 for the game.

New England has stirred up a winning recipe on defense. The Patriots allowed six points and 224 yards in the past two games, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick knows the Vikings pose a serious threat to that success.

“They’re really good,” Belichick said. “It starts with (Kirk) Cousins, outstanding quarterback, has had tremendous production throughout his career. Again, this year (Dalvin) Cook’s one of the top running backs in the league. They’ve got a wealth of talent at the skill positions and a lot of guys to stop. So yeah, they’re as explosive as anybody we’ve seen.”

Belichick credits a man he once interrogated in a job interview, Minnesota first-year coach Kevin O’Connell. The former quarterback first met Belichick as a pro prospect and passed that interview — he was drafted by New England in 2008.

“He’s done a heck of a job and climbed through the coaching ranks quickly,” Belichick said of O’Connell. “Based on the way the Vikings are playing this year, you could see why he’s done it. He’s done a great job.”

Minnesota converted just 1 of 11 third-down attempts and gained 183 total yards against the Cowboys. Cousins threw for 105 yards, wide receiver Justin Jefferson managed three receptions for 33 yards and Cook added 72 on the ground.

The Vikings’ offensive line, shuffled with left tackle Christian Darrisaw (concussion) exiting in the second quarter, couldn’t stop the Dallas pash rush and surrendered seven sacks. Darrisaw had a documented concussion in Week 10 before being cleared to play Dallas. He was already ruled out for Week 12.

“We’ve got to learn from this,” O’Connell said. “We’ve got to use this as an opportunity to grow as a football team and handle adversity the right way.”

Although it’s a short week, the Vikings are embracing it, and are looking forward to getting back out on the field to avenge the ugly loss against the Cowboys.

“We don’t like what happened (Sunday), but we have a chance to move on faster than normal,” Jefferson said. “We don’t have time to really think about the loss (or) have time to figure out what was going on. It’s a quick turnaround.

“We’re so glad that we can play Thursday, get this loss out of our minds and get back to where we would like to be.”

Vikings cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. missed Monday’s practice with a knee injury and linebacker Za’Darius Smith (knee) was limited.

Center David Andrews (thigh) missed the Patriots’ practice on Monday. Linebacker Josh Uche (hamstring), receiver DeVante Parker (knee), offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn (foot) and Jones (ankle) were limited participants.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw (71) celebrate after the touchdown in the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings LT Christian Darrisaw (concussions) ruled out for Week 12

Minnesota Vikings left tackle Christian Darrisaw was ruled out of Thursday’s holiday date with the New England Patriots due to a concussion.

Darrisaw left the past two games with head injuries, and surrendered two QB sacks on Sunday to the Dallas Cowboys before leaving the game in the second quarter.

Darrisaw, a first-round pick in 2021, left the 40-3 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday in the second quarter. He left the game following a third-down sack allowed to Dorance Armstrong.

Head coach Kevin O’Connell said the Vikings won’t take any chances by playing Darrisaw on a short turnaround this week when Minnesota (8-2) plays the Patriots (6-4).

“My concern is just about CD. He’ll be in the protocol like he was last week,” O’Connell said. “He checked all those boxes going into [Sunday]. This is one of our best players, and we want him to have a long future.”

Blake Brandel, a Vikings sixth-round pick in 2020, is expected to start at left tackle against the Patriots. New England outside linebacker Matthew Judon leads the NFL with 13 sacks in 2022.

Darrisaw entered Week 11 as the highest-graded offensive lineman in the NFL as evaluated by Pro Football Focus.

On the one-on-one rep against Armstrong where the second concussion is suspected to have taken place, the left tackle and right defensive end appear to knock helmets and Darrisaw’s head jolts backward.

“There was actually an impact to his helmet, his head and neck area that caused him to be pulled out of the game,” O’Connell said.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) carries the ball during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys dominate Vikings in battle of NFC heavyweights

Dak Prescott threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns as the Dallas Cowboys ran away from the host Minnesota Vikings, winning 40-3 on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Prescott completed 22-of-25 passes for Dallas (7-3) and didn’t suffer any sacks in a near-perfect performance. He was bolstered by a rushing attack that saw Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott combine for 122 yards on the ground. Elliott had two rushing touchdowns, while Pollard hauled in six passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns in the air attack.

Dalvin Cook led Minnesota (8-2) with just 72 rushing yards on 11 touches.

The loss for the Vikings snapped a seven-game winning streak. Kirk Cousins was ineffective in the passing game, totaling just 105 yards through the air while completing 12-of-23 passes.

Cousins fumbled away Minnesota’s opening possession when he was strip-sacked by Dallas linebacker Micah Parsons on third-and-3. The Cowboys flipped that Vikings turnover into a field goal to take an early lead.

Parsons finished the day with four solo tackles, two sacks and a team-best five QB hits. He now has 10 sacks on the season.

It marked the fifth game this season that Parsons had at least two sacks. The record for most multiple-sack games in a single season belongs to Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White, who had eight such games for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1987.

After Minnesota’s field goal tied the game in the first quarter, Dallas responded with a touchdown, as Elliott punched it in from one yard out. It capped off a 10-play, 75-yard drive, and was the start of the Cowboys scoring 37 straight points.

During that outburst, Pollard scored on passing plays covering 30 yards and 68 yards, the second of which provided a 30-3 lead early in the third quarter.

The win for Dallas featured a 60-yard field goal from kicker Brett Maher, which came at the end of a five-play, 44-yard drive to end the first half. For his career, Maher is now a perfect four-of-four in field goal attempts from 60 yards or longer. He holds the NFL record for the most made field goals from that distance in NFL history. No other kicker has more than two.

Maher made four field goals Sunday, also connecting on kicks from 27, 50 and 53 yards out.

–Field Level Media

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook gained 119 yards in an overtime win over the Bills.

With Cowboys staggered, Vikings vie for eighth consecutive win

The Minnesota Vikings are the NFL’s hottest team with seven straight wins, including a scintillating victory in arguably the best NFL game of the season.

The Vikings (8-1) find themselves listed as underdogs at home this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys (6-3) in Minneapolis. FanDuel and DraftKings list the Cowboys as 1.5-point favorites.

So does the perceived slight bother Minnesota coach Kevin O’Connell? Well, no.

In fact, he admitted Wednesday that he doesn’t listen to analysts on national television questioning if his team is a serious Super Bowl contender.

“I don’t hear because I don’t have a lot of time to take in the daily shows too much,” O’Connell said. “I will say this: At this point I know there needs to be some things to talk about. … If we focus on anything outside of our preparation for the Dallas Cowboys, I think I’d be doing a disservice to our team. And I think our players understand that as well.

“This thing has a way of playing out where I believe the teams that deserve to be talked about will be talked about in the end.”

People certainly are talking about Justin Jefferson, who received NFC Offense Player of the Week honors after recording 10 receptions for a career-high 193 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ 33-30 overtime win at the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

There is plenty of talk about Dalvin Cook, who rolled up a season-best 146 scrimmage yards (119 rushing, 27 receiving) and a rushing touchdown against Buffalo. He has six touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving) over his last five games.

“Well, we don’t listen to that anyway,” Cook said of whether his team is getting the respect its due. “We just look for preparation each and every week and go out and perform well. Blocking the outside noise out, they are gonna say what they are gonna say anyway — whether it’s good or bad.”

Cook will face a Cowboys defense that ranks 29th against the run (143.1).

Speaking of running backs, Ekeziel Elliott participated in Wednesday’s walk-through session. The two-time NFL rushing champion has been idle with a knee injury since scoring two touchdowns in Dallas’ 24-6 victory over the Detroit Lions on Oct. 23.

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Wednesday that Elliott will play on Sunday if he’s ready to return. He also added that the quick turnaround time for Dallas’ game on Thanksgiving will not impact on the team’s decision to play Elliott on Sunday.

“If he’s ready to play this week, we’re going to play him,” McCarthy said.

Tony Pollard has fared well in Elliott’s absence, rolling up 131 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 49-29 win over the Chicago Bears on Oct. 30 and 115-1 in a 31-28 overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers last Sunday.

Dak Prescott threw for three touchdowns against Green Bay. He also tossed three touchdown passes in an encounter versus the Vikings in 2019, however he was unavailable to play due to injury in last year’s 20-16 victory in Minneapolis.

CeeDee Lamb, who had 112 receiving yards in last year’s game, totaled career highs in catches (11) and receiving yards (150) to go along with two touchdowns last week. He also has three touchdowns in his last two games after totaling two in his previous 14.

Dallas boasts an NFL-best 35 sacks. Minnesota’s Za’Darius Smith’s 9.5 sacks are second in the league.

Smith (knee) joined Jefferson (toe) in being limited in Wednesday’s practice for the Vikings. Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson (calf), offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw (concussion) and cornerback Akayleb Evans (concussion) did not participate in the session.

As for the Cowboys, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (foot) was listed as a non-participant in Wednesday’s walkthrough session. Elliott, linebacker Anthony Barr (hamstring) and cornerback Anthony Brown (concussion) were listed as limited.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) runs out of thr pocket against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings edge Bills on FG in overtime thriller

Patrick Peterson’s second interception for the Minnesota Vikings sealed a heart-stopping, 33-30 win in overtime against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y.

The play concluded a wild game in which both teams appeared to win in the final minute of regulation. Buffalo (6-3) seemingly won when it stuffed Kirk Cousins short of the goal line on a fourth-down quarterback sneak.

But on the ensuing play, the Bills botched the snap and Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks recovered the ball on the goal line for a touchdown that gave Minnesota a 30-27 lead with 41 seconds left.

Buffalo recovered with a quick-strike drive directed by Josh Allen. Five plays produced 69 yards to set up Tyler Bass’ third field goal of the game, a 29-yarder with two seconds left that sent the game to overtime.

On the opening possession of overtime, Minnesota drove for a go-ahead field goal, a 33-yarder by Greg Joseph with 3:42 left. That proved to be the game-winner.

It was the seventh straight victory for the Vikings (8-1) and the second time in as many weeks that they rallied from a double-digit margin in the second half.

Buffalo led by 17 points in the second half before Minnesota rallied. After being stuffed all game, Dalvin Cook triggered the comeback with an electric 81-yard touchdown sprint. Cook finished with 119 yards rushing on 14 carries.

In the fourth quarter, with Buffalo going for a potential game-clinching touchdown on a fourth-and-2 play, Peterson intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it 39 yards.

Thirteen plays later, C.J. Ham scored on a 3-yard run to slice the deficit to 27-23. And it stayed that way as Joseph banged the extra-point attempt off the right upright.

Minnesota got the ball back and drove behind Cousins, who finished with 30 completions in 50 attempts for 357 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Justin Jefferson did his part as well, making a sensational one-handed grab for 32 yards on a fourth-and-18 play to keep the final drive of regulation alive. Jefferson finished with 10 receptions for 193 yards and a touchdown.

Until throwing his overtime interception, Allen had all the answers for Buffalo. He completed 29 of 43 passes for 330 yards and a touchdown. Allen also ran six times for 84 yards.

He showed no ill effects of his injured right elbow, which kept him out of practice all last week.

In the first quarter, Devin Singletary ran for two touchdowns as Buffalo took a 14-7 lead.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws in the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Bills QB Josh Allen active vs. Vikings

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen will be active for Sunday’s game against the visiting Minnesota Vikings, multiple outlets reported.

Allen did not practice until Friday — on a limited basis — due to a right elbow injury sustained on the final drive of last weekend’s loss to the New York Jets.

Coach Sean McDermott said Friday that Allen’s status was “hour-to-hour.” Allen is officially listed as questionable for the Bills (6-2) against the Vikings (7-1).

Former Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum would draw the start should Allen be unable to play.

Allen, 26, is having an MVP-caliber season, completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,403 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has rushed for 392 yards and four scores.

–Field Level Media

Jordan Whitehead of the Jets can't catch up to Buffalo Bills quarterback, Josh Allen as Allen scores his team's second TD of the first half as the New York Jets host the Buffalo Bills in an AFC East game played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on November 6 2022.

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Bills host Vikings with Josh Allen’s status unknown

Josh Allen traditionally provides the majority of the answers with his sizzling play. However, a question now looms in regard to his availability as he deals with a right elbow injury to the ulnar collateral ligament.

“We will see how he does,” Buffalo coach Sean McDermott said on Wednesday when asked if Allen would play this Sunday for the Bills (6-2) versus the visiting Minnesota Vikings (7-1).

“We use common sense and, obviously, we factor a lot of things in, a medical report being one of them, and our doctor’s wisdom and knowledge.”

The uncertainty has been felt by oddsmakers, who once favored the high-octane Bills by as many as 9.5 points. Now, it’s down to 3.5 at FanDuel.

Allen suffered his injury during the last drive of Buffalo’s 20-17 loss to the New York Jets last Sunday. The MVP candidate has an NFL second-best 19 touchdown passes against eight interceptions, tied for second most in the league.

Offseason acquisition Case Keenum would be in line to get the start should Allen be unable to play on Sunday.

“We believe in Case Keenum. He’s here for a reason,” McDermott said of Keenum, who once led the Vikings to an appearance in the NFC Championship Game in the 2017 season.

Stefon Diggs, who was on that Vikings team, was traded from Minnesota to Buffalo on March 16, 2020. The Vikings sent Diggs and a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to Buffalo in exchange for a first-round selection in the 2020 draft — which later became Justin Jefferson — as well as 2020 fifth and sixth-round picks and a 2021 fourth-round selection.

“To me, I try not to take it too personal because it’s not a personal fight for me,” Diggs said. “My life has changed a lot since then, a lot of great things have happened, so more so focused on that than the harping on the things that didn’t.”

Diggs had five catches for 93 yards last week. The two-time Pro Bowl selection shares the NFL lead with seven receiving touchdowns and ranks third with 857 receiving yards.

Jefferson has 10 more receiving yards than Diggs to reside behind only Miami Dolphins star wideout Tyreek Hill (1,104).

Jefferson reeled in one of Kirk Cousins’ two touchdown passes last week as Minnesota recorded its sixth straight win with a 20-17 victory over the Washington Commanders.

The other scoring strike went to Dalvin Cook, who has made five separate trips to the end zone in his last four games.

Cook will see a familiar face on the opposite sideline in Bills rookie running back James Cook, his younger brother.

When asked if there was any trash talk between the two, Dalvin Cook was quick with an answer on Wednesday.

“Every day,” he said with a smile. “I’ll talk to him after this, just call him just to mess with him. To see where his head’s at.”

Trade deadline acquisition T.J. Hockenson reeled in nine receptions for 70 yards in his debut.

Harrison Smith has recorded an interception in each of the last three games for the Vikings.

Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen (ankle) was limited in practice on Wednesday, while defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson (calf), cornerback Cameron Dantzler Sr. (ankle) and center Garrett Bradbury (ankle) did not participate in the session.

Like Allen, safety Jordan Poyer (elbow), linebackers Tremaine Edmunds (groin, heel) and Von Miller (veteran rest), defensive end Greg Rousseau (ankle) and offensive guard Rodger Saffold (veteran rest, back) did not participate in practice on Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) catches a pass in front of Washington Commanders cornerback Benjamin St-Juste (25) during the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings rally past Commanders in fourth quarter, improve to 7-1

Greg Joseph converted a 28-yard field goal with 12 seconds left as the Minnesota Vikings rallied from a 17-7 fourth-quarter deficit to top the Washington Commanders 20-17 on Sunday in Landover, Md.

Joseph’s game-winning kick came four plays after he made a 22-yarder with 1:52 remaining to break the tie. But Washington was flagged for unnecessary roughness for contact with the long snapper. That enabled Minnesota (7-1) to burn most of the remaining time and tee up the deciding kick.

Kirk Cousins completed 22 of 40 passes for 265 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in his first game in Washington since leaving the franchise five years ago. His 12-yard scoring strike to Dalvin Cook with 7:46 on the clock evened the score at 17.

Taylor Heinicke hit 15 of 28 passes for 149 yards with two scores and a pick for the Commanders (4-5), which saw their three-game winning streak end. He put them ahead 17-7 on a 6-yard touchdown pass to Dax Milne just 46 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Justin Jefferson caught seven passes for 115 yards and a score for the Vikings, which outgained Washington 301-263.

Minnesota wasted little time initiating the scoring. On the game’s first possession, it ripped off a 78-yard drive that Cousins capped with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jefferson at the 9:17 mark. That was it for its offense until the fourth quarter.

The Vikings’ defense kept Washington out of the end zone in the first half, however, surrendering only a 44-yard field goal by Joey Slye with 37 seconds left before intermission. Minnesota could have gone up two scores, but Cousins tossed an interception to Danny Johnson with six seconds remaining.

The Commanders grabbed a 10-7 edge just 50 seconds into the third quarter when Heinicke hit Curtis Samuel for a spectacular 49-yard scoring strike. Samuel outleaped multiple defenders to make the catch inside the 5, then rolled into the end zone after a Viking failed to touch him down.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Camryn Bynum (24) walks off the field after the game against the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings, Commanders to put winning streaks on the line against each other

With Dalvin Cook taking care of the ground game and the 1-2 punch of Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen catching passes, the Minnesota Vikings already boasted one of the NFL’s top offenses.

Tuesday’s acquisition of top-tier tight end T.J. Hockenson from the Detroit Lions only makes Minnesota even more potent offensively. That will be the Washington Commanders’ problem on Sunday in Landover, Md.

Hockenson, who was conveyed to the Vikings (6-1) for a 2023 second-round pick and a 2024 third-rounder, led Detroit’s passing offense with 26 catches, 395 yards and three touchdowns. The fourth-year pro out of Iowa figured to be a cornerstone of the Lions’ continual rebuilding effort, but instead joins a winning team for the first time.

“That’s really what we’re here to do is go somewhere and win some games,” Hockenson said Wednesday about the trade. “That’s kind of the first time I’ve been able to say that.”

First-year Minnesota coach Kevin O’Connell isn’t sure how much use the team will get out of Hockenson this week, but says his arrival brings a new set of possibilities for an attack that already threatens opponents all over the field.

“Third down, red zone, two minute. We feel like he has a lot of upside in our offense,” O’Connell said. “Situationally, I see some real opportunities for him.”

Vikings tight ends Irv Smith and Johnny Mundt have combined for 34 catches, but for just 244 yards with a long of 17 yards. Smith is also out for up to 10 weeks with an ankle injury, which may help explain why Hockenson is a timely pick-up.

Minnesota is coming off a 34-26 win last week over Arizona that stretched its winning streak to five games and its NFC North advantage to 3 1/2 games over Green Bay and Chicago. Cook ran for 111 yards and a touchdown, while Kirk Cousins was 24 of 36 for 232 yards with two scores.

Meanwhile, Washington (4-4) is coming off last week’s 17-16 win in Indianapolis on Taylor Heinecke’s 1-yard sneak with 22 seconds left. Heinecke, who’s 2-0 since starter Carson Wentz broke his thumb last month, found Terry McLaurin for a 33-yard gain one play before his winning touchdown.

Heinecke hit 23 of 31 passes for 279 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns in his first start of the year on Oct. 23, a 23-21 win over Green Bay.

The Commanders have won three straight games but are still in last place in the NFC East, two games behind Dallas and the New York Giants and 3 1/2 behind unbeaten Philadelphia. But help is on the way as star defensive end Chase Young practiced for the first time since tearing his ACL last November.

“Felt like I was part of the guys again,” Young said.

The club has 21 days to return Young to the active roster. It’s unlikely that he plays this week, but he could return for a Nov. 14 trip to Philadelphia.

The Vikings own a 12-10 lead in the all-time series, including a 7-5 advantage on the road.

–Field Level Media