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Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans: Third quarter recap and fourth quarter discussion

The good guys have a one-score lead going into the final quarter

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Fifteen minutes remain in this Week 4 matchup, and the Minnesota Vikings are holding on to an eight-point lead over the Houston Texans, 24-16.

The Vikings got the ball first coming out of the locker room, but quickly went three-and-out after Kirk Cousins was sacked for the second time this afternoon by Whitney Mercilus. That led to the Texans getting their first touchdown of the afternoon, with DeShaun Watson finding Will Fuller on a 24-yard strike, with Ka’imi Fairbairn hitting the extra point to cut the Minnesota lead to 17-13 a little more than five minutes into the quarter.

The Vikings then moved into Houston territory on their next possession on a long pass from Kirk Cousins to Adam Thielen. The drive then stalled, and the Vikings brought in Dan Bailey for a 55-yard field goal attempt, which sailed wide to the right and gave the Texans very good field position.

Houston converted a field goal of their own, this one a 25-yarder by Ka’imi Fairbairn. His third field goal of the day cut the Minnesota lead to one at 17-16. Minnesota responded in style on their next drive, as Cousins made some outstanding passes on the drive and ended it with a 9-yard dart to Adam Thielen for the touchdown. Bailey added the extra point and the lead was back to eight at 24-16.

As we move to the fourth quarter, the Texans are looking at a 3rd-and-4 from their own 31-yard line.

We’ve got one quarter left from Houston, and the Vikings lead the Texans by a score of 24-16. Can they hang on for their first victory of 2020?