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Early Look: Vikings at Jets


EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings are above .500 for the first time since Week 1.

Minnesota sits at 3-2-1 on the season after earning a 27-17 win on Sunday over the Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Vikings will now head to the Big Apple for a tilt against the New York Jets, who are 3-3.

New York picked up a 42-34 win over Indianapolis on Sunday, giving the Jets two straight wins after a three-game losing streak.

Here's a look at Minnesota's Week 7 road game against the Jets:

Passing: Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 24 of 34 passes (70.6 percent) for 233 yards with a touchdown and an interception against the Cardinals. He had a **passer rating** of 87.0.

The quarterback had his lowest passing yardage total of the season but is still ranked fourth in the NFL with 1,921 yards. He is also tied for eighth with 12 touchdown passes.

Minnesota will face a rookie quarterback for the second straight week as the Jets will go with Sam Darnold on Sunday.

Darnold, the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, threw for 280 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's win over the Colts.

The former Southern California quarterback has thrown for 1,346 yards with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions while starting all six games for the Jets so far this season.

Rushing: The Vikings finally **broke loose on the ground** as Minnesota racked up 195 rushing yards, the most by the franchise since Week 16 of the 2015 season.

Vikings running back Latavius Murray led the way with a career-high 155 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.

Murray has four runs of 20-plus yards, including a 21-yard rushing score in the first quarter which was Minnesota's first rushing touchdown of the season.

Cousins also had a rushing touchdown, his first of the season. Dalvin Cook was inactive with a hamstring injury.

New York ran for 107 total yards on 36 carries against the Colts.

The Jets two-headed attack of Bilal Powell Isaiah Crowell combined for 99 yards on 29 attempts.

New York ranks fifth in the NFL with 130.3 yards per game while the Vikings are 25th at 87.3 yards per game.

Receiving: Adam Thielen **did it again**.

The Vikings wide receiver had 11 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, making it six straight games with at least 100 receiving yards.

Thielen leads the league with 58 receptions for 712 yards and also has four scores, which is tied for third in the NFL.

Laquon Treadwell had four catches for 38 yards, Kyle Rudolph had four catches for 37 yards and Stefon Diggs had three receptions for 33 yards on Sunday.

Diggs has 40 catches for 435 yards and three touchdowns in 2018.

Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse led New York with nine catches for 94 yards on Sunday. Terrelle Pryor and Chris Herndon each had touchdown catches for the Jets.

Quincy Enunwa leads New York with 22 catches for 287 yards, and Robby Anderson has a team-high three touchdowns.

Defense: The Vikings defense was stellar at times Sunday, holding the Cardinals to an **0-for-10 day on third downs** at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Arizona rookie quarterback Josh Rosen completed just one of seven passes for minus-2 yards on third downs. Harrison Smith and Mackensie Alexander each had sacks on third downs, and Anthony Harris snagged his first-career interception on another third-down play.

Minnesota's defense gave up just 10 points (Arizona scored a defensive touchdown), and the Vikings allowed a season-low 269 net yards.

Danielle Hunter led the way with a pair of sacks and is now tied for the league lead with 7.0 sacks. The defensive end has at least one sack in all six games this season.

The Jets allowed 428 yards to the Colts, including 127 yards on the ground.

New York defensive tackle Leonard Williams leads the team with 3.0 sacks, and linebacker Darron Lee has a team-high three interceptions.

Special Teams: Dan Bailey made both of his field goal attempts and all three extra point tries on Sunday. Bailey is eight of 10 on field goals since joining the Vikings in Week 3.

Matt Wile averaged 45 yards on five punts and landed two of them inside the 20-yard line.

Marcus Sherels had a three punt returns for 26 yards and a 17-yard kickoff return.

Jets kicker Jason Myers nailed all seven of his field goals on Sunday, with the longest being 48 yards. He has made 16 of 17 field goals in 2018.

New York punter Lachlan Edwards averages 47.7 yards per punt.

New York's Andre Roberts had a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown in Week 1 against the Lions. The Vikings haven't scored on special teams in 2018.

Over The Years

The Vikings are 2-8 all-time against the Jets in a series that dates back to 1970.

Minnesota won the most recent matchup, a 2014 overtime thriller. But the Vikings had lost seven straight to New York before that victory.

The Vikings are winless in five trips to face the Jets on the East Coast (1970, 1979, 1997, 2002 and 2010).

Seven of Minnesota's eight losses against the Jets have been by a touchdown or more.

Last meeting: Vikings 30, Jets 24 (OT), Dec. 7, 2014, in Minneapolis

The Vikings delivered a walk-off overtime win against the Jets in a wild and wacky affair.

With the score tied at 24 in overtime, wide receiver Jarius Wright took a screen pass from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and raced 87 yards for the game-winning score.

Linebacker Gerald Hodges opened the scoring on the game's first play from scrimmage as he picked off Jets quarterback Geno Smith and returned the interception 27 yards for a score.

New York would answer with a safety by former Jets and current Vikings defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and a touchdown pass from Smith to former Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Bridgewater then hit Charles Johnson for a 56-yard score before Minnesota's next touchdown came when Jerome Felton recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score.

The Vikings led 21-12 late in the third quarter before the game turned into a field goal fest.

The Jets kicked three straight field goals to tie the game before the teams traded 3-pointers late to send the game to overtime.

That set up the heroics from Wright, who finished with 123 receiving yards. Johnson had 103 yards receiving.

Everson Griffen, Brian Robison and Smith had sacks for the Vikings in a game that was played at the University of Minnesota.

The win, which came in Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer's first season in Minnesota, moved the Vikings to 6-7.