Trailing 14-7 after the first quarter of play, the Vikings needed a response, and they got one. After Ameer Abdullah got a nice kick return to the Minnesota 39 just before the end of the first quarter, the Vikings got a big pass from Kirk Cousins to Stefon Diggs to move into Detroit territory and a nice run by Dalvin Cook to get them into the red zone. After a long review of a pass interference call (which was ridiculous), Cousins connected with Olabisi Johnson on a 1-yard pass to give the rookie his first NFL touchdown. Dan Bailey connected on the extra point, and the Vikings tied the game a 14-14.
The Lions went three-and-out on their next possession, and the Vikings started deep in their own territory at the 3-yard line. The Vikings then put together an incredibly impressive drive, marching 97 yards in 15 plays and, for the first time all season, providing a lead change in one of their games. Dalvin Cook did the damage, getting into the end zone from eight yards out to give the Vikings a 21-14 lead.
Dalvin Cook punches it in, finishing a 97-yard drive pic.twitter.com/7SmJsEpzWp— Arif Hasan, but spooky (@ArifHasanNFL) October 20, 2019
Detroit evened it up again on their final play of the half, as Matthew Stafford and Marvin Jones connected again, this time on a 10-yard touchdown to give them their third touchdown of the afternoon. Matt Prater hit the extra point, and we went into the locker room tied at 21-21.
The Minnesota offense has looked pretty outstanding this afternoon thus far. Kirk Cousins has completed 11-of-16 passes for 153 yards and two scores. Stefon Diggs is leading the Vikings in receiving, bringing in three receptions for 52 yards. Irv Smith has a pair of catches for 36 yards, and Kyle Rudolph has 29 yards on three grabs. Adam Thielen has just one catch, a 25-yard touchdown, and is questionable to return with a hamstring injury. Olabisi Johnson has two catches for 11 yards thus far.
Dalvin Cook has gotten things going as well, as he’s carried the ball 12 times for 76 yards and a score. Alexander Mattison has four carries for 18 yards in relief.
Neither defense has been terribly impressive thus far, as there haven’t been any quarterback sacks registered in this one and both teams seem to be moving up and down the field with very little resistance. We’ll have to see which team makes the better adjustments in the second half.
We’re at halftime at Ford Field, ladies and gentlemen, and your Minnesota Vikings are tied with the Detroit Lions at 21-21. Come join us for the third quarter!