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Snap Counts: Vikings O-Line Goes Distance, Defense Mixes & Matches vs. Packers

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings improved to .500 on the season after a thrilling 34-31 win over the Packers for the 500th regular-season victory in franchise history.

Minnesota, which has won two straight, heads to San Francisco (5-5) for a Week 12 matchup between NFC playoff hopefuls.

Here's a look at Minnesota's snap counts in Week 11:

— Kirk Cousins and the starting offensive line (LT Christian Darrisaw, LG Ezra Cleveland, C Mason Cole, RG Olisaemeka Udoh and RT Brian O'Neill) played all 70 offensive snaps. Cousins came up clutch, throwing for 341 yards and three scores.

— Adam Thielen (66 snaps) and Justin Jefferson (63 snaps) played heavy workloads, and also thrashed Green Bay. Jefferson hauled in eight catches for 169 yards and two scores, and Thielen added eight catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. K.J. Osborn (36 snaps) and Dede Westbrook (11 snaps) each had one reception.

— Dalvin Cook played 53 snaps and accounted for 115 total yards on 25 total touches. He had 22 carries for 86 yards and a score, and also tallied three receptions for 29 yards. Cook also scored on a 2-point conversion. Fullback C.J. Ham played 23 snaps, and Alexander Mattison played a dozen snaps for the second straight week.

— Tyler Conklin played 56 snaps, recording three catches for 35 yards. Chris Herndon and Luke Stocker were each on the field for 14 offensive snaps.

— Blake Brandel was on the field for two snaps as an extra lineman.

— Defensively, the Vikings had three players — Eric Kendricks, Xavier Woods and Harrison Smith — who were on the field for all 59 snaps. Kendricks and Woods are the only two players to be on the field for all 692 defensive snaps this season. Smith, who had a sack, made his return after missing two games while on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

— Rookie safety Camryn Bynum was on the field for six defensive snaps. He was on the field for the first play of the game but didn't play much after that. Bynum was on the field with Woods when Smith blitzed.

— Anthony Barr played 55 snaps at linebacker after missing Minnesota's Week 10 game against the Chargers. Nick Vigil (14 snaps) and Blake Lynch (1 snap) also saw time at linebacker.

— Minnesota had four cornerbacks see the field against Green Bay. Bashaud Breeland led the way with 52 snaps, and Patrick Peterson played 51 in his return off Injured Reserve. Mackensie Alexander played 43 snaps in the slot. Cameron Dantzler played 15 snaps on defense.

— D.J. Wonnum led the way at defensive end with 53 snaps, and Everson Griffen played 43 snaps as the duo remained the starters. Sheldon Richardson played 34 snaps but saw a shift in his role. He played 27 snaps at defensive end Sunday after usually lining up at defensive tackle for most of his career. Patrick Jones II and Eddie Yarbrough each played three snaps on defense.

— Armon Watts had another strong game with 48 snaps to lead all interior linemen. He recorded a strip-sack on Aaron Rodgers in the first half. Dalvin Tomlinson, the other starter up front, was on the field for 30 snaps for the second week in a row. James Lynch played 21 snaps.

— Blake Lynch also led all players with 22 snaps on special teams. The Vikings also had seven players — Ham, Bynum, Dan Chisena, Troy Dye, Myles Dorn, Kris Boyd and Ryan Connelly — handle 17 snaps apiece on special teams.

— Stocker played 14 snaps in the third phase. Woods and Vigil each played 12 snaps on special teams.

— Westbrook played five snaps on special teams, which included a season-long punt return of 45 yards. He had three total punt returns for 69 yards.

— Kicker Greg Joseph played 11 snaps on special teams. None were more important than his final one, a 29-yard field goal that gave the Vikings the win.