To start the second half, the Minnesota Vikings took the second half kickoff from the New York Jets, and the ball went to Cordarrelle Patterson. . .who fumbled the football. He was upended on the return, and the ball came loose before he hit the turf. The Jets jumped on it immediately, and after review upheld the fumble, the Jets took over at the Minnesota 26-yard line.
It didn't take the Jets long to take advantage, as two carries for Chris Ivory powered the ball down to the Minnesota 3-yard line. But, the Vikings' defense stood tall inside the 10-yard line, and forced the Jets to settle for another Nick Folk field goal, this one a 22-yarder to cut the deficit to 3, 21-18.
Patterson bobbled the ball on the ensuing kickoff, and then only managed to return it to the Minnesota 14-yard line. It looked like the Vikings were going to go three-and-out, but the Jets were called for a blow to the head of Teddy Bridgewater on third down to keep the drive going. The Jets bailed the Vikings out again on their next third down, as a sack of Bridgewater was negated by a defensive holding penalty on Kyle Wilson to give the Vikings a fresh set of downs. A series of runs by Matt Asiata got the Vikings into Jets territory, and on one of those runs, guard Charlie Johnson got injured and needed to be carted off the field. Former Jets lineman Vladimir Ducasse came in to replace him, meaning that 60% of the Vikings' Week 1 offensive line is currently on the shelf.
Bridgewater made a great throw to Greg Jennings to move the Vikings down to the Jets' 23-yard line, a play that the Jets challenged and lost, costing them a time out. The Vikings got down to the 21-yard line, and brought in Blair Walsh to attempt a 39-yard field goal. . .an attempt that he promptly missed, keeping the score at 21-18 with five minutes left in the third quarter.
The Jets have put together another very good drive, and as we move to the fourth quarter of play, they're looking at a 2nd-and-10 from the Minnesota 13-yard line.
Fifteen minutes remaining in this one, with the Minnesota Vikings clinging to a 21-18 lead. Can the offense turn things around and hold on for a victory?