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Action Reaction: Finding A Way to Put Jets Away

The Vikings left New York/New Jersey Sunday with their first win against the Jets in franchise history.

The 37-17 final score doesn't reflect the 10-7 margin at halftime.

Minnesota was able to take control in the third quarter and then put the game away in the fourth with a no-guts, no-glory call on fourth-and-8.

A 10-point lead became 17 with 5:16 remaining, and Minnesota held on for its third consecutive win and second on the road.

A 23-21 victory at Philadelphia in Week 5 started the win streak. That game narrowed at the end, and the Eagles had a better-than-average shot at getting a wicked onside kick, if not for the steadiness of Adam Thielen.

Pregame question: Could the Vikings put a road game away sooner?

The Vikings didn't pack an inflated ego on their second trek to the Eastern Seaboard in three weeks, but they were mostly favored against the Jets.

Kirk Cousins and Minnesota's offense have been rolling, and the defense has been top-notch in the second quarter of the season after stumbling a bit at the starting blocks.

Nonetheless, it's tough to put a team away in its own building.

In-game action:

Cousins needed just four plays to lead Minnesota on a 68-yard touchdown drive that was capped with a 34-yard touchdown to Thielen.

Aside from that drive and one series when the Jets got 72 passing yards (they netted 85 in the first half) during a three-play sequence, both offenses struggled to move the ball.

The Vikings, however, scored an 11-yard touchdown to cap their opening possession, then made it a 20-7 game after a turnover and short field goal.

The Jets made it a 10-point game on two separate occasions and trailed 27-17 with 10:27 remaining after a 1-yard touchdown run by Sam Darnold.

Minnesota had a three-and-punt on the ensuing possession, but Holton Hill intercepted the Jets two plays later. Hill had just stepped in for an injured Xavier Rhodes when he made Darnold pay.

The Vikings took over at their own 39-yard line and drove to the Jets 34, where they faced a fourth-and-8.

Rather than punt for a likely minimal net or attempt a 52-yard field goal, Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer went for it, and Cousins found Aldrick Robinson on a go route against a 1-on-1 matchup with Morris Claiborne for the 34-yard score that essentially iced the game.

Postgame reaction:

Zimmer on putting the game on ice:

"The fourth-down pass that Robinson caught was big to kind of put it away," Zimmer said. "We had so many opportunities to put that game away earlier in the game and didn't do it."

Cousins on the Vikings having a better second half:

"I think it goes back to our special teams continuing to give us the ball with great field position and our defense giving us the ball back," Cousins said. "I think that was so important and gave us more opportunities, so if we did go three-and-out, we were getting it right back in a favorable setting.

"When you have a lead, it gives you a few more opportunities to run the football, and then when they were pressuring trying to create havoc, there is certainly a moment where a guy can get out of a gap and can have an explosive run. I do think that our offense putting up 37 points says more about our defense and our special teams than it does about anything I or we did today that was outstanding."

View game action images as the Vikings take on the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

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