NFL Game Recap - Minnesota at NY Giants
Sun Oct 6, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

LAR
29
SEA
30
F
NE
33
WAS
7
F
BUF
14
TEN
7
F
BAL
26
PIT
23
F OT
NYJ
6
PHI
31
F
CHI
21
OAK
24
F
MIN
28
NYG
10
F
TB
24
NO
31
F
ATL
32
HOU
53
F
ARI
26
CIN
23
F
JAX
27
CAR
34
F
DEN
20
LAC
13
F
GB
34
DAL
24
F
IND
19
KC
13
F
CLE
3
SF
31
F

Oct 6, 2019, 1:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Minnesota (3-2)

3

15

7

3

28

NY Giants (2-3)

0

7

3

0

10

Cousins, Thielen lead Vikings in dominant win over Giants
Sun Oct 6, 2019 7:45 PM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) So much for the Minnesota Vikings being one dimensional. The passing game is back in synch with the run.

Add in the defense, and the reality is the Vikings have it all.

Kirk Cousins threw two touchdowns to Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook ran for 132 yards and the Vikings made life miserable for Daniel Jones and the New York Giants in every way possible in a 28-10 victory Sunday.

"We played well from the jump," said Cousins, who was 22 of 27 for a season-high 306 yards. "I thought it was a very balanced attack today through the pass game and the run game. The screen game added variety to the offense. I thought Dalvin showed why he's such a special player."

The win came just a week after the Vikings (3-2) did little in a 16-6 loss to the Chicago Bears and Thielen insisted the team had to stop being one dimensional, relying solely on the run.

And that's exactly what Minnesota did. It hit the Giants (2-3) with a bit of everything - pass, run and the defense - in ending the two-game winning streak Jones engineered since replacing Eli Manning at quarterback. The Vikings gained 490 yards on offense, including 211 rushing, and took a knee inside the New York 5 to end the game.

The Vikings defense limited New York to 211 yards, sacked Jones four times and hit him countless other times. The Defense also chipped in with a safety when linebacker Anthony Barr tackled Jon Hilliman in the end zone after New York recovered Cook's fumble at the 1.

Cousins touchdown passes covered 15 and 9 yards to Thielen, who complained about the one-sidedness of the offense after a two-catch, 6-yard game against Chicago. He finished with seven catches for 130 yards.

The 15-yard, second-quarter touchdown pass capped a 98-yard drive and gave Minnesota a 10-0 lead. The shorter toss ended a 67-yard drive after New York got to 18-10 in the third quarter.

"I feel great. It was huge for the team, huge for the locker room," said Cook after failing to score a touchdown for the first time this season. "It's been a long week, there's been a lot trying to separate us and I think that just brought us more close as a group. I'm just proud of the guys with the way they fought back, blocked that outer noise and came in here and played in a hostile environment."

Dan Bailey hit field goals of 31, 48, 32 and 45 yards for Minnesota, which scored on four of its six possessions in the first half. The fifth ended in a fumble inside the 5-yard line and the sixth on a last play Hail Mary.

Jones finished 21 of 38 for 182 yards and an interception. He threw a 35-yard yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to fellow rookie Darius Slayton , getting New York to 10-7.

The No. 6 pick overall gave the Vikings' defense credit, admitting there wasn't as much space to run or time to throw on some plays. He also said he needs to make plays and there were chances he missed, including two throws to Sterling Shepard that might have been scores.

"It's never a good feeling when you lose," Jones said. "I have been on teams where we have lost and I have certainly lost games before. You learn from it and it's an opportunity to improve. It's never a good feeling to lose."

Bailey added two field goals after Jones' TD pass and Barr got his safety, pushing the lead to 18-7.

Aldrick Rosas pulled the Giants to 18-10 with 32-yard field goal that capped a 15-play drive that opened the second half, but Cousins and Thielen connected again as the Vikings ended a five-game skid in outdoor stadiums.

THIELEN REBOUNDS

Thielen has a habit of rebounding after bad games. The two-catch game last week was his second-lowest since 2016. He went without a reception once, on Dec. 18, 2016, vs. Colts. He followed with career-high 202 yards on 12 catches for two TDs vs. Packers.

NOTES: Rookie Corey Ballentine set up the Giants' touchdown with a 52-yard kickoff return. ... Barr ended the Giants' final drive with an interception. ... Cook also caught six passes for 86 yards. ... Hilliman led New York with 20 yards rushing on nine carries. ...

THIN LINEBACKERS

The Giants were thin at linebacker with rookie Ryan Connelly on injured reserve and Alec Ogletree (hamstring), Tae Davis (concussion) and Lorenzo Carter (neck) inactive. Oshane Ximines, David Mayo and Nate Stupar got starts. Mayo finished with nine tackles, two behind team leader Antoine Bethea. ... Danielle Hunter had seven tackles, two sacks and two quarterback hurries to lead the Vikings.

INJURIES

Giants starting RB Wayne Gallman, in for Saquon Barkley, was lost to a concussion in the first quarter. .... No other injuries were announced.

UP NEXT

Vikings: return home to face another NFC East team, the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Giants: at New England to face Patriots on Thursday night.

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Passing

MIN Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
K. Cousins 27 22 81.5 2 306 44 0 138.6 3
NYG Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
D. Jones 38 21 55.3 1 182 35 1 65.9 4

Rushing

MIN Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Cook 21 132 6.3 41 0
A. Mattison 7 52 7.4 19 0
NYG Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Hilliman 9 20 2.2 6 0
E. Penny 3 15 5.0 6 0

Receiving

MIN Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Thielen 7 130 18.6 44 2
D. Cook 6 86 14.3 24 0
NYG Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Slayton 4 62 15.5 35 1
S. Shepard 5 49 9.8 18 0

Team Stats Comparison

MIN NYG
Points For 28 10
Total Yards 490 211
Rushing Yards 211 64
Passing Yards 279 147
Passing Completions / Attempts 22/27 21/38
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 3/1 0/0
First Downs 22 18
Rushing Touchdowns 0 0
Passing Touchdowns 2 1
Penalties - Yards 12/112 5/45
Time Of Possession 32:40 27:20
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/11 8/16
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 0/3
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 2/5 0/2
Sacks Against 3 4
Punts - Average Yards 1/57 3/45
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 1/15 1/17
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 2/21 2/38

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter MIN NYG
MIN 6:14 FG Dan Bailey 31 yd FG 3 0
2nd Quarter MIN NYG
MIN 0:05 TD Adam Thielen 15 yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick) 10 0
NYG 2:52 TD Darius Slayton 35 yd pass from Daniel Jones (Aldrick Rosas kick) 10 7
MIN 7:09 FG Dan Bailey 48 yd FG 13 7
MIN 12:51 SF Anthony Barr safety 15 7
MIN 14:13 FG Dan Bailey 32 yd FG 18 7
3rd Quarter MIN NYG
NYG 7:25 FG Aldrick Rosas 32 yd FG 18 10
MIN 10:08 TD Adam Thielen 9 yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick) 25 10
4th Quarter MIN NYG
MIN 10:51 FG Dan Bailey 45 yd FG 28 10

Game Information

Stadium: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 75,041
Game Time: 3:03
Weather: