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3 Stats That Stood Out: Vikings at Jets

The Vikings visited the Jets on Sunday in search of their first road win in the history of the series and left with a 37-17 victory.

Adam Thielen had another hundred-yard game, Latavius Murray scored twice, the defense intercepted rookie Sam Darnold three times, and the special teams units performed well against the wind and a solid Jets unit.

The Vikings scoring four touchdowns and forcing four Jets turnovers was one of the major takeaways, along with Minnesota's run defense performing well and the team dealing with mounting injuries.

Here are three stats that stood out.

1. 2 'low probability' plays rewarded

The Vikings took a shot at the end zone just four plays into the game and capitalized when Kirk Cousins hit Thielen in the numbers on a perfectly placed pass.

"I think Kirk pretty much caught that ball for me. He threw it in a perfect spot," Thielen said. "If it was an inch left or an inch right, it probably would have been incomplete, but he put a perfect ball in there and I just tried to finish the play as best as I could."

Cousins also connected with Aldrick Robinson for a 34-yard touchdown that put the game away in the fourth quarter.

According to the NFL's Next Gen Stats, both passes had "completion probability" of less than 30 percent. Under the parameters used, Cousins has nine completions and seven touchdowns on passes with a completion probability of less than 30 percent.

2. 46.8 net punting average

Although the Vikings eventually pulled away from the Jets, there was a wide swath of the game in which the teams traded punts.

Minnesota's Matt Wile totaled 382 yards on eight punts, averaging 47.8 yards per boot. What is even more emphasized by the Vikings, however, is net punting. Wile, the coverage unit and a mistake or two by the Jets helped Minnesota record a net average of 46.8.

The Jets had just eight punt return yards, compared to 57 by the Vikings.

Wile had a long of 66 and placed four inside the New York 20-yard line, helping the Vikings win field position throughout the game.

3. Possessions ending in touchdowns vs. turnovers

The Vikings had 17 total possessions, including the final snap from the victory formation. Take that last one out, and Minnesota scored touchdowns on 25 percent of its possessions (four of 16).

The Vikings added three field goals and had a shot at another until the wind commandeered a 42-yard kick by Dan Bailey and punted the ball on eight other possessions, which is much better than having a turnover.

The Jets also had 17 possessions but ended four (23.5 percent) with turnovers. New York lost a fumble, and Harrison Smith, Holton Hill and Trae Waynes each recorded interceptions.

New York's quality of possessions were particularly bad in the second quarter when the Jets had four three-and-punts, a fumble two plays into another drive and ended the half with a pair of plays that lost a total of 7 yards.

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