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Vikings now 9-2 after offense carries them to another one-score win

Carmen Vitali

NFC North Reporter

When Thanksgiving ended, they had reached 9-2 the hard way. But the Minnesota Vikings will take it. 

Minnesota has won yet another one-score game. It’s the only way they know how to win this season, apparently; the Vikings have the NFL’s second-best winning percentage but the 14th-best point differential. All but one of their victories this year have come by eight or fewer points and often include some nail-biting finish. See Week 10 in Buffalo for recent dramatic proof.

But while Thursday night’s game ended the way so many others had this season, there was something different this time around. The team was coming off an embarrassing loss to the Dallas Cowboys last weekend — one of those games where nothing went their way. They needed a win this week, four-day turnaround be damned. And as the fake snow fell as part of pregame festivities at U.S. Bank Stadium on a chilly Minnesota Thanksgiving night, a resolve came with it. 

The neon lights were bright, a SKOL chant roared from the crowd. But on the field? On No. 8’s face, in particular? It was nothing but calm.

In the first Thanksgiving game hosted in Minnesota, all eyes were on the Vikings yet again. Prime time has nearly always spelled trouble for quarterback Kirk Cousins. Early on, this game looked to follow that exact narrative too, with Cousins getting picked off by New England’s Jonathan Jones in the first quarter. But that prior calm never left his face. Even when Minnesota only scored a field goal on their next possession, Cousins kept at it. They scored a touchdown following that and took the lead.

There were five lead changes during the game. There were five even scores, too. New England moved at will against a lacking Vikings secondary, down multiple starters and giving up the second-most yards of any team in the league prior to the game. Minnesota couldn’t get pressure for most of the game, either. Probably a symptom of interior lineman Dalvin Tomlinson…

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