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Vikings at Broncos final score: Minnesota starters impressive in 42-28 victory On Saturday night at Mile High Stadium in Denver Olisaemeka Udoh Jersey nfl draft , we didn’t get to see a lot of the starters for either the Minnesota Vikings or the Denver Broncos. However, what we did see from the top units on the purple side should be very encouraging for fans of Mike Zimmer’s team.The first-string offense and defense for Minnesota were both impressive in limited action, and the third-string did enough to preserve a 42-28 victory for the Vikings in Denver.Kirk Cousins led the Minnesota offense for just one series, but that series was perfect. Latavius Murray broke a pair of 21-yard runs, and Cousins completed all four of his pass attempts for 42 yards. The final completion came on a 3rd-and-goal play, as Cousins found Stefon Diggs for a 1-yard score to give the Vikings an early 7-0 lead.On defense, the Vikings forced their old friend Case Keenum and the Denver offense into two consecutive three-and-outs. In fact the Broncos didn’t generate a first down at all until the 5:47 mark of the second quarter, as the Vikings’ defense was stifling in the early going.One of the big offensive stars for the Vikings on the evening was undrafted rookie running back Roc Thomas, who was particularly effective in the air. He caught three passes from Trevor Siemian after the Vikings’ starters departed, with two of them going for scores. The first was a 13-yard score that allowed the Vikings to capitalize on Anthony Harris’ interception of Denver backup quarterback Paxton Lynch to make it 14-0 in favor of the Vikings.The other was a huge 78-yard catch and run on a screen pass to give the Vikings a 24-7 lead late in the second quarter.Thomas had three catches for 102 yards and two scores in the first half. He saw limited action in the second half, but those first half numbers are still impressive.It wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns for the Vikings, as the punt return unit had a particularly ugly play. Broncos’ punt returner Isaiah McKenzie took a punt from Ryan Quigley at the two-minute warning, and after hesitating for what seemed like forever, found a seam and took the ball 78 yards for a touchdown to cut the Minnesota lead to 24-14 going into the locker room at halftime.After a huge 57-yard field goal from Daniel Carlson to make it 27-14, Denver answered back when third-string quarterback Chad Kelly (nephew of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly) connected with Matt LaCosse for a 36-yard score to cut the lead to 27-21. Kelly struck again with ten minutes left in the game, connecting with running back Phillip Lindsay for a 19-yard score, and Brandon McManus’ extra point gave the Broncos their first lead of the night at 28-27.Not to be outdone by the Broncos’ third-string quarterback, Kyle Sloter led a nice drive of his own to put the Vikings back on top. Facing a 3rd-and-4 from the Denver 9-yard line, Sloter lofted one up for Chad Beebe, who hauled it in for a 9-yard touchdown.The Vikings went for the two-point conversion, and converted on a pass from Sloter to Jeff Badet to make it 35-28 with six minutes remaining.Minnesota’s defense then came up big again, as Jack Tocho. . .who was beaten for two touchdowns by the Broncos earlier on. . .intercepted Kelly in Denver territory.Minnesota took advantage, as on 3rd-and-4 from the Denver 14, Sloter faked a handoff to Mike Boone and sprinted around left end for a 14-yard touchdown. Carlson hit the extra point, and the Vikings led 42-28 with less than four minutes remaining.Kelly led the Broncos deep into Minnesota territory in the game’s final minute Minnesota Vikings Jerseys 2019 , but the Vikings’ defense held Denver out of the end zone to preserve the final margin of victory at 42-28.The Vikings move to 1-0 on the preseason, and will have an interesting game coming up on Saturday afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars. Denver falls to 0-1, and they will host a second straight NFC North opponent when they play the Chicago Bears in Denver next Saturday.The Minnesota Vikings put together a solid preseason debut. . .at least as far as the first and second-string is concerned. . .by defeating the Denver Broncos by a score of 42-28. Thanks to everyone that got their coverage of tonight’s game here at The Daily Norseman, and we’ll have more discussion of this one over the next couple of days. Football is stupid and doesn’t make a damn bit of sense.Case in point: Just four days after going out against a Buffalo Bills’ team that was (at the time) considered by many to be the NFL’s worst and putting up 6 whole points on their home field, the Minnesota Vikings had the tall task of flying out to the West Coast on a short week and taking on what might be the best team in the National Football League in the Los Angeles Rams. They scored 31 points, and were in the game until their very last possession as the offense was pretty hot for most of the evening.Case #2: Last season, the Minnesota Vikings were regarded as one of the best defenses in the National Football League. The led the NFL in both yardage allowed and points allowed. This season, they returned 10 of the 11 starters from that defense, and replaced the one that left with a former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Through four games this season, the Vikings have allowed 27.5 points/game, one of the worst marks in the NFL, and at times appear as though nobody on that side of the ball has actually played football before. Yes, I know that the Everson Griffen situation is a huge loss, but there’s still enough talent on that side of the ball where it shouldn’t be nearly this bad.Yes, at least in 2018, football certainly is stupid. Isn’t that right, Mr. Yankovic?Talk with your mouth fullBite the hand that feeds youBite off more than you chewWhat can you doDare to be stupidTake some wooden nicklesLook for Mr. GoodbarGet your mojo working nowI’ll show you howYou can dare to be stupidYou can turn the other cheekYou can just give up the shipYou can eat a bunch of sushi and forget to leave a tipDare to be stupidCome on and dare to be stupidIt’s so easy to doDare to be stupidWe’re all waiting for youLet’s go!Your Stock Market Report, which is hopefully not quite as stupid as football, follows.Blue Chip StocksKirk Cousins, QB - Yeah, yeah, you can be pissed off about the fumble at the end of the game. I get that. The primary reason that the Minnesota Vikings were even in a position to have an opportunity at the end of that game was at #8. Cousins was, as the kids might say, “dealing” on Thursday night, folks. He completed 36-of-50 passes for 422 yards and three scores Olisaemeka Udoh Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , and did this with pretty much no running game to speak of. . .Cousins led the team in rushing as well with 28 yards, most of which came on one 19-yard scramble in the fourth quarter. The Vikings’ three running backs that carried the ball (Dalvin Cook, Latavius Murray, and Roc Thomas) combined for 26 yards on 13 carries, a cool two yards per touch.Cousins was also under duress all night, as for the second week in a row he was pressured on more than half of his dropbacks according to PFF. Despite that, he was accurate, and he was pushing the ball down the field when he was given the opportunity to do so (or created that opportunity himself). If you’re still in the camp that thinks that giving Cousins the big money to be this team’s quarterback was the wrong decision, then man. . .I don’t know what to tell you.Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, the best WR duo in football - You can make the case for several other wide receiver pairs, but I’ll take Diggs and Thielen over just about everybody. On Thursday night, they did what receivers of their caliber should do against an undermanned secondary, which is get open a lot. Both men went over 100 yards, with Thielen wound up leading the way with 135 yards and a score on eight grabs, while Diggs led the team in receptions with 11 and wound up with 123 yards. Both of those guys made some outstanding catches, too. I’m sure that having those two guys to throw to was part of the appeal for Cousins in coming to Minnesota, and they’re going to be pretty damn solid for a long time.Kevin McDermott, long snapper - Lose a body part (or part of a body part), get a Blue Chip.Solid InvestmentsAldrick Robinson, WR/touchdown machine - ALL ALDRICK ROBINSON DOES IS CATCH TOUCHDOWNS! No, really, that’s all he did on Thursday night: two catches, 33 yards, two touchdowns. You get two touchdowns, you get to be in the SMR.*** - Rule may not necessarily apply when Ted takes back over next week.Danielle Hunter Youth Alexander Mattison Jersey , DE/all that is man - The only guy on the defensive side of the ball that didn’t look like a complete dumpster fire for the entire night on Thursday, Hunter actually did a pretty good job against Andrew Whitworth for most of the night. Oh, and then there was this:Oh, no big deal, you know. . .just a 275-pound defensive end chasing down the best running back in the National Football League in the open field.Dan Bailey, K - Five kicks for Bailey, five footballs fluttering through the uprights. Well, one of them off of the upright and through, but still.Junk BondsPretty much every other player on the defensive side of the football - I don’t understand the drop-off on defense from this team. It’s mind-boggling. This is the same scheme that the Vikings have run the entire time that Mike Zimmer has been the head coach, and it’s not like this defense is filled with a bunch of old guys that have just dropped off physically. They have a bunch of players in their prime that have played at a high level for multiple seasons in a row, and all of a sudden they can’t stop a nosebleed. If the players are the same and the scheme is the same, then I guess some of it has to come back to. . .Mike Zimmer and George Edwards, de facto defensive coordinator and actual defensive coordinator - On Friday, Zimmer said that he might be “overcoaching” his guys on defense. I’m not sure if that’s what the problem is or what, but I do know that the Vikings’ coaching staff got whooped by Sean McVay and company on Thursday. That’s why we saw Anthony Barr trying to run in coverage with Cooper Kupp 40 yards down the field. Of course Barr, who I was tough on last week in this space, isn’t going to make that play. He shouldn’t be in that position to begin with. Those two guys better figure out what’s going on, and quickly. There is too much talent on the defensive side of the football on this roster for them to be this awful.Everybody on the offensive line, again - According to PFF, all five starting offensive linemen for the Vikings allowed at least four pressures and either a sack or a hit on Cousins. But they made up for that by not getting any push in the run game, either. And they won’t be getting a break next week.Buy/SellBuy: The Vikings miss Everson Griffen terribly - Not only is Griffen one hell of a defensive end, but he’s the emotional leader of this defense both on the field and in the locker room. I’m not sure how much of a role that’s playing on this team, as they’ve been completely out to lunch these past two games, but I don’t think it’s a non-factor, either. Zimmer has already said that Griffen won’t be re-joining the team in time for the Philadelphia game Super Bowl Alexander Mattison Jersey , so they better find some inspiration in a hurry.Sell: Bringing back Brian Robison will cure things - Look, I loved Brian Robison and think he was a great Viking, too. But he was already starting to see a decline in his snaps, and the team thought that his on-field performance was replaceable. Griffen is a huge part of both the on-field and off-field parts of this team, whereas Robison likely would not be. Plus, I’m not sure how the Vikings get him under the cap, quite honestly.Buy: The offensive line is what’s going to kill this team again - This is what everyone was afraid of this offseason, and it appears that the fears were justified. Though Mike Hughes is pretty talented. . .and not a bad addition, given that apparently now the Vikings can’t cover anyone, either. . .the Vikings probably should have addressed the offensive line in the draft earlier than they did.Sell: The fix is currently on the roster - That said, there’s only so much this team can do given their current configuration. I mean, I guess I don’t see the downside of playing Brian O’Neill (if Rashod Hill continues to be terrible) or Danny Isidora (if Tom Compton continues to be terrible) or Brett Jones. I still think that Mike Remmers should be playing right tackle in the first place and that moving him was a mistake. I don’t know what this team plans to do, but what I do know is that the current configuration isn’t getting it done, and the options to fix it at the present time are pretty scarce.Buy: The season isn’t over yet - The Vikings have another tough game coming next week, but if you believe that this team has the talent to turn things around, then there’s no point in giving up hope yet. After all, this team didn’t go 13-3 last year by accident, and the schedule is a lot more favorable after the opening stretch.Sell: The time to make changes is getting shorter - If this team is going to start making changes and getting their fecal matter collected into one group, they need to start doing it now. They’ve got a mini-bye here with the Thursday night game behind them, and they need to start figuring out what they need to do to get this team back to where they have the talent to be.There you have it, folks. Ted will be back with the SMR next week now that he’s not galavanting all over the Southern Hemisphere and stuff.