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Early Look: Vikings vs. Broncos

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EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings have one game to go until a well-deserved bye.

Minnesota moved to 7-3 with a thrilling 28-24 win over Dallas on Sunday Night Football, as the Vikings kept themselves in the think of the NFC playoff race.

The Vikings now return home for a Week 11 tilt against the Broncos. Kickoff is at noon (CT).

Denver had a bye in Week 11 and is 3-6 so far in 2019.

Here’s a look at the Vikings Week 11 matchup against the Broncos:

Passing: Kirk Cousins was efficient against the Cowboys, completing 23 of 32 passes (71.9 percent) for 220 yards with a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions.

He was especially effective on third downs, as he completed 7 of 9 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.

Cousins has completed 197 of 285 passes (69.1 percent) for 2,437 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions through 10 games. His passer rating of 112.0 ranks third in the NFL.

Brandon Allen took over as the Broncos starting quarterback in Week 9 and led Denver to a win over Cleveland in his first-career start in his first-ever game.

Allen, a sixth-round pick by Jacksonville in 2016, completed 12 of 20 passes (60 percent) for 193 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He had a passer rating of 125.6.

Allen played collegiately at Arkansas, where he threw for 7,463 yards with 64 touchdowns and 26 interceptions in 42 career games.

Rushing: Dalvin Cook starred on national television, rushing 26 times for 97 yards and a touchdown.

The running back, who leads the NFL with 991 rushing yards, just missed out on the chance to record the 20th occurrence of a 1,000-yard rusher in franchise history.

Alexander Mattison added 52 yards on eight carries as the Vikings ran for 153 total yards against Dallas.

Minnesota now ranks third in the NFL with 153.0 rushing yards per game.

Denver ranks 16th in the NFL with 111.9 rushing yards per game.

Phillip Lindsay leads Denver with 584 yards and five touchdowns on 118 carries. Royce Freeman has 374 rushing yards and a pair of scores on 93 attempts.

Receiving: Kyle Rudolph recorded his first multi-touchdown game of the season as the tight end had four catches for 14 yards and two scores.

Rudolph’s night was highlighted by a ridiculous one-handed catch to open the scoring.

Cook had seven catches for 86 yards, and Stefon Diggs had three catches for 49 yards. Rookie tight end Irv Smith, Jr., had five receptions for 34 yards.

Diggs leads the Vikings with 41 catches for 759 yards and also has four scores. Cook has 40 receptions for 424 yards.

Adam Thielen, who missed Sunday’s game, has a team-high six touchdowns on 27 catches for 391 yards. Rudolph has 24 catches for 184 yards and four scores.

Second-year wide receiver Courtland Sutton leads the Broncos with 44 receptions for 692 yards with four scores. Freeman and Lindsay have 52 combined receptions for 341 yards, and rookie tight end Noah Fant has 23 catches for 300 yards and a pair of scores.

Denver traded longtime receiver Emmanuel Sanders to the 49ers in October.

Defense: The Vikings allowed a season-high 443 yards, including 397 (393 net) to Dak Prescott through the air.

Dallas was also 9-of-15 on third downs, but it was the Vikings defense that came up clutch late by stopping Dallas on its final three third-down plays.

Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks made the play of the game with a pass breakup on fourth-and-5 with Dallas threating to score with under a minute left.

Ifeadi Odenigbo also made a crucial play, as he stopped Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for a 3-yard loss on the previous play.

Minnesota ended the game with Jayron Kearse’s first-career interception in the end zone on a Hail Mary. Everson Griffen and Armon Watts also split a sack for the Vikings.

Danielle Hunter leads the team with 8.5 sacks, while Griffen has 6.0 sacks. Safety Anthony Harris has three interceptions.

Minnesota’s defense ranks fifth with 18.2 points allowed per game in 2019, and are 13th at 333.1 yards allowed per game.

The Broncos are sixth in points allowed (18.9) and fourth in yards allowed (309.7).

Derek Wolfe has a team-high 5.0 sacks for the Broncos, while Von Miller and DeMarcus Walker has 4.0 apiece. Justin Simmons leads the team with a pair of interceptions.

Special teams: Vikings kicker Dan Bailey made a pair of field goals and two extra points Sunday night against his former team.

Bailey, who has 999 career points, has made 15 of 17 field goals in 2019, and 27 of 29 extra points.

Britton Colquitt averaged 42.5 yards on four punts. He had two land inside the 20-yard line, including one punt that was downed at the 6. He is averaging 45.6 yards per punt in 2019.

Broncos kicker Brandon McManus has made 15 of 18 field goals in 2019 and 12 of 13 extra points. He has made all nine attempts under 40 yards.

Denver punter Colby Wadman is averaging 44.2 yards per punt in 2019.

Diontae Spencer handles punt return duties for the Broncos and also leads Denver with 116 total kickoff return yards.

A perfect sweep

The Vikings went a perfect 4-0 against the NFC East in 2019.

Minnesota beat Washington and Philadelphia at home, and secured road wins over New York and Dallas.

The Vikings outscored the four teams by a combined score of 113-63.

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