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Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans: Second quarter recap and third quarter discussion

The Vikings lead, but they’ll be missing a key piece in the second half

Minnesota Vikings v Houston Texans Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

The teams have gone into the locker room for halftime in Houston, and the Minnesota Vikings lead the Houston Texans by a score of 17-6.

Minnesota was deep into Houston territory to start the quarter and pushed into the red zone before having to settle for a 31-yard field goal from Dan Bailey to extend their lead to 10-0. Houston then got on the board with a 50-yard field goal from Ka’imi Fairbairn to cut the Minnesota lead to 10-3 halfway through the quarter.

The Vikings then put together another very good possession, including a 4th-down conversion on a Kirk Cousins sweep, of all things.

On the first play after the two-minute warning, Dalvin Cook added to the Vikings’ lead with his second touchdown of the day, this one a beauty from seven yards out to make the lead 17-3 after the Dan Bailey extra point.

The Texans then put together another outstanding drive, and they got some help from the officiating as the officials ejected Harrison Smith for targeting on a hit he put on a Texans’ tight end Jordan Aikins. The drive ended with another field goal from Fairbairn to cut the Vikings’ lead to 17-6 going into the locker room.

The Vikings’ offense looked very good in the first half, for the most part, and they dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for nearly 20 minutes. Dalvin Cook has been the big story, carrying the ball 15 times for 60 yards and two scores. Kirk Cousins has completed 8-of-12 passes for 108 yards, and Justin Jefferson has picked up where he left off last week, catching two passes for 55 yards to lead the way.

The Vikings lead the Texans 17-6 at halftime at NRG Stadium, and they will get the football coming out of the locker room at halftime. Come join us for the third quarter of play!