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'Tay Train' Reaches End Zone Twice

Planes, a train and a pair of rushing touchdowns were part of the Vikings 37-17 victory Sunday.

Latavius Murray notched two scores against the Jets defense on the road, giving the "Tay Train" a big day for the second straight week.

On second-and-10 from the Jets 11, Kirk Cousins handed off in the backfield to Murray, who surged through a crowd, shifted into second gear and spurted into the end zone.

Murray's first touchdown of the afternoon gave Minnesota a 17-7 edge over New York midway through the third quarter. He followed with his signature sounding the "train whistle" celebration, to the enjoyment of plenty of Purple jerseys at MetLife Stadium.

The score came on Murray's 10th carry of the day, but to that point the running back had netted just 22 yards.

It took a little bit for the Vikings run game to get going, but the team – and Murray – kept pushing.

"With the run game, you've got to know that not every game is going to be pretty," said Murray, who rushed for a career-high 155 yards against Arizona last week. "You've got to keep pounding. It might be a 2-yard gain, a 4-yard gain, and then the big one is coming, so I think we stick with that mentality."

Murray turned on the burners early in the fourth quarter.

On first-and-10 from the New York 38, Cousins handed off to Murray, who was able to find a hole, cut left and just kept going. Picking up speed, he outran a trio of Jets defensive backs for his second touchdown of the day.

"The key is to get the defense running sideways," Murray said. "Sometimes you go at them and at them, and the key is to get them running. Once you get them running, you put your foot in the ground if it opens up. Like [Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer] talked about, on that one, they brought pressure, so when you're able to block-up pressure, there's nobody in the secondary."

Murray was grateful to sniff out the end zone twice against a Jets defense that initially kept the Vikings running game from getting off the ground.

"They do a good job of scheming up against the run. Different personnel, nickel, dime, their linebackers go to d-ends," Murray said. "They do a good job of showing you some different looks and different fronts. I guess we made plays when it mattered to get out of here with a win."

Murray finished the day with 15 carries for 69 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per attempt. Rookie running back Roc Thomas had one rush but made it count, surging ahead for 23 yards, and fellow rookie Mike Boone added four rushing yards.

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs carried the ball twice but netted a loss of 7.

Zimmer re-emphasized after the game that it's important to remain patient with the run game and continue to mix things up offensively.

"Sometimes we get impatient," Zimmer said. "We have to control the clock, we have to control the running game. In the first half we didn't really stick with it at times, again. But we got down in there.

"And, you know, you can't just run the ball, throw the ball, throw the ball. Or throw the ball, run the ball, throw the ball," Zimmer added. "Sometimes you have to run, run. So that was part of it. On the first touchdown that Latavius had, they were in a two-deep zone defense, and we got into the second level and were able to pop it. That's a part of it, too."

Vikings receiver Adam Thielen, who for the seventh consecutive game surpassed 100 yards through the air, praised Murray's performance.

"He's done such a good job, and the guys up front and the play calling have been really good," Thielen said. "Latavius is a guy that just keeps working. I love that guy to death. I'm so happy for him to have success like he's having because of the type of person he is and the way he works."

View game action images as the Vikings take on the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.