Minnesota Vikings regain control of season with key win over Eagles

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Cousins threw for 301 yards and one touchdown, and completed 30 of 37 passes to become the first player in National Football League history with at least 30 completions in four consecutive games. Wentz was also sacked three times for minus-28 yards.

Carson Wentz watched from the sidelines the last time the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings played.

Joseph hauled the fumble recovery 64 yards in the other direction for the Vikings' first touchdown of the game and a 10-3 lead. It's easy to forget, in the wake of Nick Foles' near-flawless play in both the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LII, just how often the Eagles won games past year because Wentz, more than anyone, won them.

The Vikings then got a 3-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Adam Thielen with 27 seconds left in the half to take a 17-3 lead into the locker room. "I do think when we picked our spots, we were pretty efficient". They lost because, sometimes when their offensive line did protect Wentz, he held the ball too long. Wentz is taking a beating and he's fumbled in back to back weeks. Little mistakes like that, kind of the same thing I echoed last week after the game.

But if you've watched Vikings games this season, you know Cousins is part of the solution, not the problem. As bad as things look there are still 11 games remaining. Thielen has 49 catches this season for 599 yards, the most ever for a Minnesota player after five games.

The NFL has reportedly made an effort to clarify its roughing the passer rules to officials in hopes that flags will not continue to be thrown at a record pace, but we saw yet another controversial call that had a significant impact on a game in Week 5. "But we believed that, so we just did what we did".

To seal the victory, the Vikings relied on the play of their special teams, which has gone through its own set of growing pains this season after releasing rookie kicker Daniel Carlson following the Green Bay game.

"We're just exhausted of beating ourselves and losing to teams we should beat", said running back Wendell Smallwood. "At the same time, we have to be accountable". His early misses behind him, Bailey nailed a 52-yard field goal with 2:51 left in the game to extend the Vikings' lead to 23-14. The Eagles did eventually score to put 21 points on the board, but it wasn't enough to beat the Vikings as Minnesota recovered an onside kick to ice a 23-21 win. "For him to make that kick is really why we brought him here".



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