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After Further Review: Vikings Go Heavy for 2 Tight End TDs

After Further Review is a deeper look at plays or stats after Vikings games…

The Vikings sent in the "Goon" and scored both touchdowns with defensive tackle Linval Joseph in the game against the Lions on Sunday.


Q3, 4:02 left; Third-and-goal at the Detroit 1: The Vikings, who only had two tight ends active for the day, opted to bring in offensive lineman Nick Easton as an extra tight end and sent Joseph in as a fullback.

Easton lines up to the left of left tackle Jake Long, and Rhett Ellison is on Easton's left to protect the backside of the play.

Detroit goes heavy with its personnel grouping and mistakenly had 12 men on the field, drawing a penalty from half a yard.

The Vikings keep Joseph in the game with a similar look and half-a-yard to gain.

Kyle Rudolph is on the right edge of the formation and gives Kerry Hyder a shove to act like he's blocking a run play before curling to his right.

Lions safety Miles Killebrew is responsible for Matt Asiata, who takes a play-action fake from Sam Bradford as Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead steps toward the line of scrimmage and leaves plenty of room for Bradford to find Rudolph in the end zone.


Q4, 27 seconds left, Third-and-goal at the Detroit 1: This time, the Vikings go with an offset I formation to the left and they have Ellison off the line of scrimmage to the outside of Easton. Rudolph is capping the right side of the formation.

The Vikings bring Ellison in motion behind the line of scrimmage prior to the snap and he takes the handoff from Bradford for a tight end sweep.

Lions safety Glover Quin began motioning across the back of Detroit's formation in the middle of the end zone as Ellison began his movement.

Ellison takes the handoff cleanly and is able to get to the edge before cutting up field thanks to a solid block by Rudolph.

Quin reads the play and puts a hit on Ellison, jarring the ball away, but not until Ellison had broken the plane with the football.

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