EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings are entering the bye week on a winning note.
Minnesota outlasted Carolina in overtime for a 34-28 win, improving to 3-3 with some rest on the way.
Here's a look at Minnesota's snap counts in a Week 6 win over Carolina:
— Kirk Cousins and the starting offensive line (Brian O'Neill, Olisaemeka Udoh, Garrett Bradbury, Ezra Cleveland and Christian Darrisaw) played all 89 offensive snaps. Darrisaw, a rookie first-round pick, made the first start of his career at left tackle.
— Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson hardly practiced last week, and it seemed to hardly matter against the Panthers. Thielen played 87 snaps and had a monster day with 11 catches for 126 yards and a score. Jefferson played 84 snaps, recording eight receptions for 80 yards.
— K.J. Osborn played 48 snaps and came up clutch in the final stanza. His 13-yard catch moved the chains on third-and-3 and helped set up his game-winning, 27-yard touchdown catch on the game's final play. Dede Westbrook played a dozen offensive snaps.
— Dalvin Cook had a large workload in his return from an ankle injury as he played 66 snaps. He ran for 140 yards and a score in the win. Alexander Mattison was on the field for just 12 snaps in Cook's return. Fullback C.J. Ham played 21 snaps, his most impressive being an ankle-breaking, 30-yard carry that was the longest of his career.
— Tyler Conklin put in a solid day's work with 76 snaps, his highest total of the season. He had three catches for 71 yards, including a career-long of 40 yards. Chris Herndon played a season-high 24 snaps and caught his first pass as a Viking for a 2-yard score. Luke Stocker, who was signed last week, played 10 snaps in his debut.
— Offensive lineman Mason Cole played four offensive snaps, including one at tight end on Herndon's touchdown. Wide receiver Dan Chisena played one offensive snap in his 2021 debut.
— Defensively, the Vikings had four players — Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr, Xavier Woods and Harrison Smith — who were on the field for all 74 snaps. Kendricks had a sack and a fumble recovery, while Barr was credited with a half-sack. Woods forced a key third-quarter fumble.
— Mackensie Alexander led all cornerbacks with 65 snaps. Patrick Peterson played 62 but dealt with cramping issues late in the game. Bashaud Breeland, who snagged his first interception in Purple, was on the field for 61 snaps. And Cameron Dantzler rotated in to play 25 total snaps on defense.
— Danielle Hunter nearly played the entire game as he was on the field for 67 snaps. Everson Griffen got the start again and played 63. D.J. Wonnum was on the field for 36 snaps. Stephen Weatherly played eight snaps on defense.
— The Vikings once again rotated their defensive tackles group with Michael Pierce out because of an elbow injury. Dalvin Tomlinson played 42 snaps, recording a sack and recovering a fumble. Armon Watts had a sack and a forced fumble on 36 snaps. Sheldon Richardson played 31 snaps, while James Lynch got in for 13 snaps and recorded his first sack of the season.
— Linebacker Nick Vigil played a season-low nine snaps in the Vikings base defense.
— Vigil led all Vikings players in special teams snaps with 25. Blake Lynch played 24 special teams snaps, while Chisena, Josh Metellus, Troy Dye and Ryan Connelly were on the field for 23. Weatherly played 22 snaps on special teams.
— Camryn Bynum (18), Kris Boyd (16), Dantzler (14), Ham (16), Greg Joseph (13), Jordan Berry (11) and Andrew DePaola (11) all played double-digit snaps on special teams.