View game action images as the Vikings take on the Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings revved up the running game and were dominant on third downs in a 27-17 win on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Latavius Murray rushed 24 times for a career-best 155 yards and a score, Kirk Cousins rushed for a 7-yard touchdown, and Mike Boone gained 20 on his only carry of the game. The Vikings were without Dalvin Cook but had a season best of 195 rushing yards against the Cardinals defense, which ranked 32nd in the NFL entering Week 6.
The Cardinals were 0-for-10 on third downs. The Vikings finished 5-for-14 and possessed the ball for 34:15.
Oh yeah, and Adam Thielen dazzled again, particularly in the third quarter when Minnesota seized control of the game and took a two-score lead.
Thielen caught 11 passes for 123 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown dart from Cousins in the third quarter for a 20-10 lead. Thielen's most important catch — a diving grab along the sidelines — also gained 13 yards and converted a third-and-13 during the possession.
Cousins finished 24 of 34 passing with 233 yards, a touchdown, an interception and a passer rating of 87.0. He also lost a fumble during a sack that Arizona's Budda Baker returned 36 yards for a touchdown.
The only score of the fourth quarter by either team was a 1-yard run by David Johnson with 6:57 left in the game.
The Vikings had just a 13-10 lead at halftime, despite outgaining the Cardinals 237 to 113 and earning 12 first downs, compared to three by Arizona.
The teams were a combined 1-for-13 on third downs. The only conversion was a 17-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Kyle Rudolph on a third-and-3 in the final minute of the first half.
Minnesota possessed the ball for 19:34 in the first half.
Danielle Hunter extended his career-best consecutive games with a sack streak to six. Hunter added another in the second half to give him 7.0 this season.
Brian O'Neill made his first career start. O'Neill opened at right tackle, and the Vikings moved Rashod Hill to left tackle to fill in for Riley Reiff, who was out with a foot injury.
George Iloka started for the first time with the Vikings. Iloka opened in place of Andrew Sendejo, who was out with a groin injury.
Mike Hughes suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter and didn't return.
Anthony Harris recorded his first career interception.
Q1, 8:18 remaining
Cardinals 3, Vikings 0
Phil Dawson kicks a 26-yard field goal [7 plays, 49 yards, 2:47 time of possession]
Bringing the heat: The Vikings sent Anthony Barr after Josh Rosen, and the linebacker batted down a pass attempt on third-and-7 to force the short field goal attempt.
Q1, 5:33 remaining
Vikings 7, Cardinals 3
Latavius Murray rushes for a 21-yard touchdown (Dan Bailey PAT) [6 plays, 75 yards, 2:45]
Stiff-arm: Murray delivered a punishing stiff-arm on the way to the end zone. He also had a season-long run of 26 yards during the drive.
Q1, 2:03 remaining
Vikings 10, Cardinals 3
Bailey kicks a 37-yard field goal [6 plays, 12 yards, 3:23]
Points off turnover: A 16-yard completion to Stefon Diggs erased a second-and-12 but was followed by a sack for a loss of 7 and a run play that lost 4 to stymie the drive.
Q2, 4:13 remaining
Vikings 10, Cardinals 10
Budda Baker returns a fumble by Cousins 36 yards for a touchdown (Dawson PAT)
Scoop and score: The fumble was caused during a sack by Chandler Jones. Baker was smooth in scooping the ball and scooting into the end zone.
Q2, 0:07 remaining
Vikings 13, Cardinals 10
Bailey kicks a 48-yard field goal [7 plays, 36 yards, 1:13]
Back-to-back: Cousins completed passes of 17 yards to Kyle Rudolph and Adam Thielen on back-to-back plays to move the ball to the Arizona 25-yard line where Cousins spiked the ball to stop the clock with 16 seconds remaining. The Vikings, however, had a delay of game penalty, followed by an incompletion before opting to kick on third down.
Q3, 10:06 remaining
Vikings 20, Cardinals 10
Thielen catches a 13-yard touchdown pass from Cousins (Bailey PAT) [10 plays, 75 yards, 2:54]
Thielen it: Cousins and Thielen connected four times during the drive for 47 yards and the score. The biggest catch was a diving grab along the sideline that Thielen secured to convert a third-and-13.
Q3, 6:37 remaining
Vikings 27, Cardinals 10
Cousins rushes for a 7-yard touchdown (Bailey kick) [3 plays, 43 yards, 1:11]
In the running: The Vikings capitalized on excellent starting field position after a 20-yard punt return and followed with three consecutive runs. Murray rushed for gains of 34 and 2 before Cousins stutter-stepped into the end zone.
Q4, 6:57 remaining
Vikings 27, Cardinals 17
David Johnson rushes for a 1-yard touchdown (Dawson kick) [7 plays, 69 yards, 2:48]
Through the air: Rosen was a perfect 5-of-5 passing on the drive for 66 yards.