Good morning Horners! The Vikings needed a victory over the Dolphins, and that is what they did. The team from Miami traveled north with a 7-6 record to take on the Vikes with their 6-6-1 record. The Purple failed to beat a team with better than a .500 record until Sunday. Daily Norseman's own leader and Grand Poobah, Christopher Gates, joined Drew Bunting and David Stefano for the immediate, after the game recording of Good Morning Gjallarhorn.
Did that victory feel good or what?! We all had just witnessed the Minnesota Vikings soundly defeat the Miami Dolphins 41-17. In a game where the home team took an early 21 point lead in the first quarter under new offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, everything seemed to be right in the world. It was looking like Mike Zimmer's decision to fire John DeFilippo was correct and didn't come soon enough. The offense was moving with ease, play calls made sense and yet weren't predictable, and even the offensive line was having its way. It was a glorious feeling.
And then… Things returned to normal. Kirk Cousins turned the ball over with a horrible pick 6. The offense seemed to go into its defeatist funk after making a major mistake followed by a series of 3 and outs to cap off the half. Drew asked Chris what his opinion of the Vikings $84 million man was. Then came the second half. Miami, on its first play from scrimmage, had a second string running back, Kalen Ballage, take it 75 yards to the house. The game that was a runaway after the first quarter was now 21-17 and you could hear a collective, "here it goes again" out of Vikings fans. The difference this time, however, was that the team did overcome that psychological letdown and went on to dominate.
Outstanding defensive performances from virtually the entire defense were put in. The team came away with nine sacks almost tying the team record of 10. Anthony Barr and Danielle Hunter both had 2 each, and the squad shut down the Fins holding them to 10 yards total on the next 26 plays. Not to be outdone, the offense started to pour on the coals scoring an additional 20 unanswered points. Dan Bailey was perfect on the day with seven kicks. There were 5 touchdowns scored spread around 4 players. Two by Dalvin Cook, one from the Latavius Murray, one Cousins pass to Stefon Diggs, and the other the prettiest pass from Kirk this season to Aldrick Robinson. The run game was emphasized and worked (220 yards) to open up passing options. It was a good day!
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