The Vikings received a pair of strong performances from a pair of 25-year-olds in a Week 2 loss against the Colts.
Vikings right tackle Brian O'Neill received a grade of 80.0 from the analytics website Pro Football Focus, which was the sixth-best total among tackles in Week 2.
O'Neill, who received a strong run-blocking grade of 84.8, has played all 106 offensive snaps so far in 2020.
On the other side of the ball, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue earned a grade of 82.2, which was the sixth-best mark among all edge rushers in Week 2.
Ngakoue had a strip-sack on quarterback Philip Rivers early in the third quarter, but the ball was recovered by the Colts.
In nine career games against Indianapolis, Ngakoue now has 7.5 career sacks with at least one sack in six separate games. He's also added four forced fumbles.
PFF gave Ngakoue a pass-rushing grade of 90.2 on Sunday and credited him with four pressures on 25 passing plays.
NFL.com believes Cousins could rebound from poor Week 2 start
Kirk Cousins is looking to rebound from one of the worst starts of his career, and Adam Maya of NFL.com believes he is primed to do so.
Maya wrote up some takeaways from the Vikings-Colts matchup, and noted "better days" are ahead for the Vikings starting quarterback.
Kirk Cousins will have better days. The Vikings need him to have them soon. They fell to 0-2 in the unforgivingly competitive NFC after their QB had one of the worst games of his career. Cousins connected on just 11 of 26 passes for 113 yards with no touchdowns but three interceptions. Only three completions eclipsed 10 yards as Minnesota's signal-caller appeared uncomfortable targeting receivers other than Adam Thielen.
Cousins compiled a passer rating of 15.9, which was the lowest in his career as a starter. He also had his first three-interception game as a Viking, and just the third performance in his 95-game career with three picks.
Zimmer Foundation puts on backpack donation
The start of another school year is here, and the Mike Zimmer Foundation has once again helped out students in need.
The Zimmer Foundation recently donated hundreds of backpacks to The Salvation Army, which provided those supplies to students at the Excell Academy for Higher Learning in Brooklyn Park.