The Vikings are taking care of business at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2019, with the latest example being a 38-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The win moves the Vikings to 4-2 on the season and 3-0 at home as they set their sights now on their final divisional road game of the season – a date with the Detroit Lions next Sunday.
View postgame celebration images from Sunday as the Vikings beat the Eagles by a 38-20 score.
Here are five takeaways from Sunday’s win over the Eagles.
1. Another home game, another fast start
Fast start and a strong finish. That’s what the Vikings offense did on Sunday. In their first two home games of the season against Atlanta and Oakland, the Vikings jumped out to 21-0 leads. On Sunday against the Eagles, the Vikings did it again, jumping out to a 24-3 lead by the early stages of the 2nd quarter. The Eagles were able to storm back and get to within four points early in the 3rd quarter, but that surged was halted right there as the Vikings defense settled down and the offense tacked on a pair of second-half touchdowns. An eight-play, 88-yard touchdown drive early in the 4th quarter all but sealed this win for the Vikings, as the offense displayed the ability to methodically drive down the field (four touchdown drives of 70+ yards) as well as explode and score quickly (one-play, 51-yard touchdown drive).
2. Eagles cooled off Cook but couldn’t contain Cousins
The Vikings offense goes through Dalvin Cook. The Eagles recognized this and consequently constructed and seemingly executed a plan to contain Cook on Sunday. But the neutralization of Cook didn’t cause the Vikings offense to miss a beat because quarterback Kirk Cousins was in command and was sharp. He completed 22 of 29 for 333 yards with four touchdowns and one interception, good for a passer rating of 138.4 and key to the offense scoring a season-high 38 points. Cousins has now thrown for 300+ yards in consecutive games and he’s featured both Adam Thielen (last week) and Stefon Diggs (this week) in the efforts.
3. Diggs torched Eagles secondary
Somebody check the turf at U.S. Bank Stadium because Diggs was on fire as he ran circles around and past the Philadelphia secondary. Diggs was targeted 11 times on the day and he came down with seven receptions for 167 yards and three touchdowns; he also had two rushes for 18 yards. The Eagles entered the game banged up in the secondary and those who were able to play in the game had no answer for the speedy and precise Diggs.
4. Eagles found out what five other teams found out – the Vikings defense is stout
One would be hard pressed to find a defense playing as well as the Vikings through the first six weeks of the season. They permitted only four 1st downs on the first three series of the game, helping put the ball in the hands of the Vikings offense as it generated 24 points in the first 20 minutes of the game. The Eagles offense battled back and found the end zone twice to pull to within a 24-20 margin, but that was it as the Vikings still have not allowed more than 21 points in a game this season. Philadelphia was forced to punt after their first possession of the 4th quarter and two of their last three possessions ended in turnovers. The Eagles entered Week 6 with the No. 2 3rd down offense but they converted only four of 12 (33%) attempts against the Vikings.
5. Vikings executed well in situational football
The Vikings did not perform well on 3rd down offense, converting twice in 10 tries (20%). Aside from that, it was a very well executed performance in all three phases when it comes to situational football. As mentioned above, the defense got off the field on 3rd downs and prevented the Eagles from converted two of three 4th down attempts. The special teams group was aware on a fake field goal late in the first half. And the offense was one of one (100%) on 4th down, three of four (75%) in the red zone and two of two (100%) on the goal line.