Philadelphia had the football to start the quarter, and they got their first points on the board. The Minnesota defense stopped the drive, but Jake Elliott connected on a 53-yard field goal to make the score 10-3.
The Vikings needed just two plays to add to the lead, as Kirk Cousins threw the most beautiful pass he’s thrown all season, and Stefon Diggs was on the receiving end of it for a 62-yard touchdown! Dan Bailey hit the extra point, and just like that the Vikings were ahead by a count of 17-3.
Crosser from Thielen holds the safety so Diggs has single coverage and a bunch of inside space. Diggs celebrates by pretending to take off his helmet pic.twitter.com/VgFuj6qC2j— Arif Hasan, but spooky (@ArifHasanNFL) October 13, 2019
The Eagles got the ball to midfield on their next possession, and elected to go for it on 4th-and-2 from the Minnesota 49-yard line. The pass from Carson Wentz fell incomplete, giving the Vikings the ball at midfield.
It took the Vikings just one play to get into the end zone on the next possession, as Cousins and Diggs hooked up again, this time from 51 yards out. That gave the Vikings a three-touchdown lead at 24-3.
Diggs 51-yard TD. Bisi Johnson open as hell lmao pic.twitter.com/C8Ex2bFuqr— Arif Hasan, but spooky (@ArifHasanNFL) October 13, 2019
The Eagles finally got into the end zone on their next possession, as Wentz found Miles Sanders on a 32-yard scoring toss to cut the Minnesota lead to 24-10.
Late in the quarter, the Vikings were near midfield, and Cousins hit Diggs for what would have been a first down, but the ball bounced off of Diggs’ helmet and into the hands of former Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo for an interception. That gave Philadelphia the ball near midfield with an opportunity to add points.
It appeared they would try to add those points on a Jake Elliott field goal attempt, but super genius Doug Pederson called for a fake instead of a 39-yard try. Elliott’s pass was intercepted by Everson Griffen, and that’s how we go into the half.
Absolutely phenomenal awareness from Anthony Harris on this play. Incredible -- Everson Griffen picks off Jake Elliott on a fake FG attempt pic.twitter.com/VNzS11eeZR— Arif Hasan, but spooky (@ArifHasanNFL) October 13, 2019
Kirk Cousins had an outstanding first half of football, completing 12-of-17 passes for 209 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception that was absolutely not his fault. Stefon Diggs has been the big beneficiary, as he’s caught four of those passes for 135 yards and a pair of scores. Adam Thielen has four catches for 38 yards and a score. Kyle Rudolph (23 yards) and Dalvin Cook (13 yards) each have a pair of receptions.
Cook hasn’t gotten a lot going on the ground against the NFL’s #1 rush defense. He’s carried the ball 10 times for 26 yards thus far. Alexander Mattison has a 13-yard run, and Diggs has a 10-yard carry. Adam Thielen had a run for no gain, and Cousins has been credited with zero yards on two carries thus far.
The Eagles will get the ball first coming out of the locker room, and they’re looking at a 14-point deficit as the Vikings lead 24-10 at halftime. Come join us for the third quarter of play!