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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook unlikely to play vs. Eagles

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook unlikely to play vs. Eagles

But more mistakes cost them. Running back Jay Ajayi expressed his belief that they should have established the run more, especially early. Now the Eagles were could go for the win if they held the Vikings. Shelton Gibson made a leaping 48-yard reception at the Vikings 17. The Eagles, however, did nothing with the turnover. Adam Thielen recorded his fifth straight game with 100 yards receiving, becoming the third player in National Football League history with 100 receiving yards in each of team's first five games of the season, joining Charley Hennigan in 1961 (Oilers) and Bob Boyd in 1954 (Rams), according to Elias. Midway through the third quarter, defensive teammates Fletcher Cox and Jalen Mills had a heated exchange. It forced the Vikings to a 37-yard Dan Bailey field goal with 5:02 left in the first. He's a huge upgrade from Case Keenum, who has already matched his interception total (seven) with the Broncos this season than he had with the Vikings last season. When he was working his way up the Vikings roster as an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota State, that phrase may have fit him. They were 2 for 9 on third down.

Wide receiver Shelton Gibson's nice mid-air adjustment on a 48-yard reception at the Vikings' 19.

However, Cousins once again capitalized off of Philly's mistake and hit Thielen for a 68-yard pitch and catch.

Ertz's non-garbage time line: 6 receptions, 58 yards, no TD.

But if we learned nothing else from the three games the Eagles have lost, we've learned that the defense's ability to keep coming to the rescue isn't going to continue forever. Two point conversions are made at a roughly 50 percent rate.

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There will be much complaining and moaning and gnashing of teeth Monday morning around here over a roughing-the-passer penalty against the Eagles' Michael Bennett, an infraction that led to the Vikings touchdown and epitomized the ridiculous length to which the NFL and its officials have gone to protect the league's quarterbacks. Perhaps more importantly, it appeared Bennett was blocked into Cousins by Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph. Instead, they punted and then the defense gave up a drive that ended in a 52-yard field goal to put the game out of reach.

The Eagles' vaunted pass rush in the first half was feeble. They would have completely closed the gap with a touchdown on that drive.

Right tackle Lane Johnson getting beat badly by Stephen Weatherly on an inside rush that knocked the ball loose from Wentz.

There are two issues with the call against Bennett. Ajayi had eight of those carries for 29 yards.

Doug Pederson's choice to toss to Josh Adams on the Eagles' second drive on third-and-one from the Eagles' 34 with 3:01 left in the first quarter.