NFL Game Recap - Philadelphia at Minnesota
Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

NYG
14
NE
35
F
CAR
37
TB
26
F
PHI
20
MIN
38
F
WAS
17
MIA
16
F
HOU
31
KC
24
F
NO
13
JAX
6
F
SEA
32
CLE
28
F
CIN
17
BAL
23
F
SF
20
LAR
7
F
ATL
33
ARI
34
F
DAL
22
NYJ
24
F
TEN
0
DEN
16
F
PIT
24
LAC
17
F
DET
22
GB
23
F

Oct 13, 2019, 1:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Philadelphia (3-3)

0

10

10

0

20

Minnesota (4-2)

10

14

7

7

38

Cousins, Diggs fly past Eagles in Vikings' 38-20 win
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:09 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Two weeks ago, Stefon Diggs was a dissatisfied star with a decreasing role for a Minnesota team in a mini-crisis on the passing attack.

Patience was all Diggs needed, as it turned out, to re-establish himself as a prominent receiver for Kirk Cousins and the Vikings.

Cousins threw to Diggs for three of his four touchdowns, racking up a season-high 333 passing yards as the Vikings ravaged the Philadelphia Eagles secondary in a 38-20 victory Sunday.

"You never really know how it's going to come out, because you never know what defense you're going to get and what adjustments they're going to make, but as far as like starting fast early, it's always a big thing because you want to hit the ground running," said Diggs, who had 167 yards on seven catches.

Diggs scored on first-half passes that covered 51 and 62 yards, becoming the first player since Randy Moss in 2000 to post two touchdown receptions of 50-plus yards in one game for the Vikings (4-2).

"You play the game that's called," Cousins said, "and today it was an aggressive one."

Diggs' most important catch came late in the third quarter, a double toe tap in the back of the end zone from 11 yards out that pushed the lead to 11 points after Carson Wentz and the Eagles (3-3) had pulled within 24-20 with 17 straight points.

The Vikings became the first team to hit the 100-yard rushing mark in the last nine games against the Eagles, who also surrendered 300-plus passing yards for the fourth time in six games. The danger presented by Dalvin Cook in the backfield and the success of Cousins at selling fakes created a wealth of play-action completions.

"They run the ball, play action, and throw the ball deep," Douglas said. "That's just what they always do."

Cousins went 22 for 29 with one sack and one interception that was, oddly enough, Diggs' fault when a sideline throw hit him in the hands, bounced off his helmet and into the air behind him for former Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo to pick off late in the second quarter.

The sign that this was not the Eagles' day came right after that, when a fake field goal from the 21 failed with 20 seconds left. The snap to Jake Elliott left the kicker with only one receiver, well-covered tight end Dallas Goedert, and the desperation throw was tipped by Anthony Harris and intercepted by Everson Griffen.

"We had the look we wanted, tried to take advantage of it, get an opportunity to maybe shoot it in the end zone after that," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. "They made a great play."

STRUGGLING SECONDARY

The Eagles have been badly missing starting cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Avonte Maddox, and Cousins took full advantage. Adam Thielen made a slick double move to beat Sidney Jones for a textbook fade throw by Cousins for a 7-yard touchdown to cap the opening drive. Diggs blew by Rasul Douglas on a post route in the second quarter to put the Vikings up 17-3.

Diggs beat Douglas again on the first snap of their next possession for the second of his career-best three scores, after Douglas began the play like he was settling into zone coverage and Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins missed his assignment over the top. Even with a 32-yard touchdown pass by Wentz to running back Miles Sanders before the break, the Vikings pushed their first-half scoring advantage in three home games this year to 66-17.

Diggs famously made the "Minneapolis Miracle" catch to win a playoff game two years ago for the Vikings, then followed that big moment with his first 1,000-yard season in 2018, but after being targeted an average of 10 times per game last year, he had a quiet start to 2019.

Following an ugly performance two weeks ago in defeat at Chicago that had the passing game out of sorts, Diggs skipped some team activities, drew more than $200,000 in fines and acknowledged unspecified dissatisfaction with the direction of the offense while speaking cryptically about his desire to be with the Vikings.

Since then, the Vikings have won twice by a combined score of 66-30.

"We've got guys that can light this thing up," Cook said, adding: "We give him opportunities to do what he do, he's going to be Kirk."

DEFENSIVE FINISH

Wentz finished 26 for 40 for 306 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. After the last score by Diggs, the Eagles wilted under the weight of the Vikings pass rush and the crowd noise at U.S. Bank Stadium, where they left as first-time Super Bowl champions following their last visit two seasons ago.

Eric Kendricks and Mackensie Alexander shared a third-down sack after an all-out blitz called by Vikings coach Mike Zimmer forced a punt. Anthony Barr recovered a fumble by Zach Ertz to end the next drive at midfield. Alexander picked off Wentz on the following possession.

"I'm sure there was a lot of doubt in the stadium, because they're a very explosive team," Zimmer said.

INJURY REPORT

Eagles: LT Jason Peters hurt his knee in the second quarter, returned briefly after an initial absence and then was pulled for good. Andre Dillard took over. ... LB Nigel Bradham (ankle) was also injured in the second quarter and did not return.

Vikings: LT Riley Reiff (ankle) left in the first quarter, returned briefly, then was sidelined in the second half and replaced by Rashod Hill.

UP NEXT

Eagles: Play at Dallas next Sunday.

Vikings: Play at Detroit next Sunday.

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Passing

PHI Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
J. Elliott 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0
C. Wentz 40 26 65.0 2 306 45 1 94.4 2
MIN Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
K. Cousins 29 22 75.9 4 333 62 1 138.4 1

Rushing

PHI Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Howard 13 49 3.8 12 0
B. Scott 4 30 7.5 15 0
MIN Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Thielen 1 0 0.0 0 0
A. Mattison 14 63 4.5 35 0

Receiving

PHI Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Sanders 3 86 28.7 45 1
A. Jeffery 10 76 7.6 26 1
MIN Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
S. Diggs 7 167 23.9 62 3
A. Thielen 6 57 9.5 20 1

Team Stats Comparison

PHI MIN
Points For 20 38
Total Yards 400 447
Rushing Yards 108 122
Passing Yards 292 325
Passing Completions / Attempts 26/41 22/29
Turnovers 3 2
Interceptions Thrown 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 1/1
First Downs 19 26
Rushing Touchdowns 0 1
Passing Touchdowns 2 4
Penalties - Yards 7/49 4/30
Time Of Possession 27:56 32:04
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/12 2/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/3 1/1
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 1/1 3/4
Sacks Against 2 1
Punts - Average Yards 3/44 3/41
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 2/8 1/6
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 1/15 0/0

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter PHI MIN
MIN 7:17 TD Adam Thielen 6 yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick) 0 7
MIN 13:06 FG Dan Bailey 39 yd FG 0 10
2nd Quarter PHI MIN
PHI 2:50 FG Jake Elliott 53 yd FG 3 10
MIN 3:21 TD Stefon Diggs 62 yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick) 3 17
MIN 5:29 TD Stefon Diggs 51 yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick) 3 24
PHI 7:58 TD Miles Sanders 32 yd pass from Carson Wentz (Jake Elliott kick) 10 24
3rd Quarter PHI MIN
PHI 2:49 TD Alshon Jeffery 3 yd pass from Carson Wentz (Jake Elliott kick) 17 24
PHI 8:41 FG Jake Elliott 40 yd FG 20 24
MIN 13:44 TD Stefon Diggs 11 yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick) 20 31
4th Quarter PHI MIN
MIN 6:43 TD Dalvin Cook 1 yd run (Dan Bailey kick) 20 38

Game Information

Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 66,837
Game Time: 3:07
Weather: