The Vikings started the second quarter with the ball, but once again did nothing with it and punted it away. Jacksonville, as they’ve done all day thus far, marched the ball down the field and looked like they might add more points, but rookie Cameron Dantzler picked an outstanding time for his first NFL interception, taking one away from a Jacksonville receiver to end the Jaguars’ drive.
Minnesota took advantage of the turnover, as they marched down the field and got into the end zone on a 3-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Adam Thielen for the score. Dan Bailey missed the extra point, but the Vikings still cut the Jacksonville lead to 9-6 with just under three minutes remaining in the quarter.
Minnesota had an opportunity at a two-minute drive, but they did nothing on offense after forcing a Jaguars’ punt at the two-minute warning and punted away.
The Vikings’ offense has been pretty brutal in the first half, save for the one touchdown drive. Kirk Cousins has been sacked twice by the team that came into this week with the fewest sacks in the NFL. He’s completed 10-of-15 passes for 83 yards and the touchdown to Adam Thielen.
Dalvin Cook has been the Vikings’ leading receiver thus far, gaining 37 yards on four catches. Thielen has three grabs for 29 yards and a touchdown in the first half, while Justin Jefferson has been held to just two catches and 12 yards so far.
The Vikings’ rush offense hasn’t done much, either, as Cook has managed just 21 yards on eight carries. Cousins also has a 10-yard scramble for the Vikings.
Minnesota will get the football to start the second half, and they’ve got some work to do, as they trail the 1-10 Jaguars by a score of 9-6 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Come join us for the third quarter of play from Minneapolis!