Week 6, 38-20 over Philadelphia
A victory over the Eagles gave the Vikings back-to-back wins for the first time this season, and delivered a Minnesota victory that could become a playoff tiebreaker at the end of the season. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins teamed with wide receiver Stefon Diggs to light up Philadelphia’s secondary. Cousins threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns, with Diggs catching seven passes for 167 yards and three scores. Everson Griffen had an interception on a fake Philadelphia field goal just before halftime, and the Vikings defense forced a pair of fourth-quarter turnovers.
Week 7, 42-30 over Detroit
Minnesota’s first NFC North win was a big one, and it could end up being critical down the stretch as the Vikings and Packers battle for a division title. Minnesota and Detroit traded shots early, as the teams were tied at 21 at the half. But the Vikings offense kept chugging in the second half, adding 21 more points as they pulled away from the Lions. Five Minnesota players — Adam Thielen, Bisi Johnson, Dalvin Cook, C.J. Ham and Kyle Rudolph — combined for six touchdowns. The Vikings racked up 503 yards of offense in the win. Griffen and Danielle Hunter recorded sacks for the defense.
Week 10, 28-24 over Dallas
The Vikings proved their mettle on the biggest of stages, getting a win over “America’s Team” on the road and in prime time on Sunday Night Football. Minnesota struck early with a pair of Rudolph touchdown catches, including a spectacular one-handed grab. The Cowboys rallied as the Vikings led 17-14 at the half. Dallas eventually took a 21-20 lead before Minnesota put the hammer down. Cook finished off a drive that included 10 straight rushes with a 2-yard touchdown run on fourth down. His monster day — 183 total offensive yards — earned him the NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Jayron Kearse ended Dallas’ last-gasp hope with an interception in the end zone on the final play of the game.
Week 11, 27-23 over Denver
Things looked bleak for the Vikings at halftime, as the home team trailed 20-0 after a lackluster, error-filled first 30 minutes of action. But Cousins helped lead a ferocious second-half comeback as the Vikings scored on all four of their possessions after the break. The quarterback completed 29 of 35 passes for 319 yards with three touchdowns for a passer rating of 133.2. Diggs and Rudolph caught touchdowns, as did rookie tight end Irv Smith, Jr., his first in the NFL. Even with a 27-23 lead, the Vikings had to hold on late, as Minnesota denied a trio of Denver passes in the end zone in the final 10 seconds. Kearse again came up clutch late, as his coverage forced the final two Broncos incompletions.