Oct 16, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins safety Jevon Holland (8) tackles Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) in to touch during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings knock off Dolphins 24-16 to win fourth straight

Kirk Cousins completed 20 of 30 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 24-16 win over the host Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon.

The Vikings (5-1) won their fourth consecutive game and sealed the outcome when Dalvin Cook broke loose for a 53-yard touchdown run with 3:15 remaining.

The defeat snapped an eight-game home winning streak for the Dolphins (3-3).

Cook, a Miami native, played his first NFL game in his hometown and was held in check until his late scoring burst. He finished with 77 yards on 13 carries.

The Vikings’ defense dominated most of the game, recording six sacks, led by two each for Za’Darius Smith and Pat Jones.

For the third consecutive game, the Dolphins were forced to switch quarterbacks when starter Skylar Thompson was knocked out of the game early in the second quarter with a right thumb injury.

Teddy Bridgewater, who cleared concussion protocol on Saturday, followed Thompson and completed 23 of 34 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns, but he was intercepted twice and sacked five times. Thompson completed 7 of 13 passes for 89 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Dolphins’ defensive front was able to put pressure on Cousins at times, sacking him three times. Elandon Roberts led Miami’s defense with 1.5 sacks.

But Cousins did just enough offensively, throwing touchdown passes to Irv Smith Jr. and Adam Thielen.

Tyreek Hill led the Dolphins with 12 catches for 177 yards, and Jaylen Waddle finished with six catches for 129 yards.

Trailing 16-3 with a little over 14 minutes left in the fourth, Bridgewater led a seven-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass to Mike Gesicki, who finished with season highs of six catches and 69 yards.

After forcing a punt, the Dolphins drove into Minnesota territory on the ensuing drive. But after Bridgewater hit Waddle over the middle for a first down, Waddle was stripped by Vikings safety Harrison Smith, and Minnesota’s Camryn Bynum made the fumble recovery.

Dolphins cornerback Nik Needham injured his ankle and was carted off in the second quarter. He did not return.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA;  Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) catches a pass against the Chicago Bears in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson lead Vikings past Bears

Kirk Cousins set a franchise record with 17 straight completions to start Sunday’s game and scored the winning touchdown in the Minnesota Vikings’ 29-22 victory over the Chicago Bears in Minneapolis.

Cousins snuck over the goal line from a yard out with 2:27 remaining to enable Minnesota to improve to 4-1 and take sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

Cousins finished 32 of 41 for 296 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Justin Jefferson caught a career-high 12 passes for 154 yards.

Cameron Dantzler secured the win for the Vikings by recovering a fumble from Ihmir Smith-Marsette at their 39-yard-line with 1:01 left.

Justin Fields completed 15 of 21 passes for 208 yards with a touchdown for Chicago, which fell to 2-3.

Minnesota controlled most of the first half behind an offense that rolled to touchdowns on its first three possessions.

The Vikings drove 86 yards on the game’s opening march, Cousins hitting all seven passes for 68 yards. Dalvin Cook finished the drive with a 1-yard run at the 8:15 mark.

After Cairo Santos converted a 50-yard field goal on Chicago’s first possession, Minnesota made it 14-3 on the first play of the second quarter on a 5-yard run by Cook.

The margin grew to 21-3 with 7:20 left in the half when Cousins flipped a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Reagor. However, the Bears finally found the end zone with 1:08 left in the first half on a 9-yard scoring jaunt by David Montgomery.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Bisi Johnson (81) after the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Vikings WR Bisi Johnson (ACL) out for season

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Bisi Johnson will miss his second straight season with a torn ACL, NFL Network reported Sunday.

Johnson, who missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in training camp, was injured in Saturday night’s preseason finale at Denver. The report said it was his other knee this time.

“It did not look good to me,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said after Saturday’s 23-13 loss to the Broncos.

“… He’s had a really, really good training camp and has done everything we’ve asked of him at multiple spots. Very unfortunate there.”

Johnson had two catches for 25 yards before exiting with the injury.

A seventh-round draft pick by Minnesota in 2019, Johnson caught 45 passes for 483 yards and three touchdowns in 32 games (nine starts) during the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith (84) before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr. undergoes thumb surgery

Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. underwent thumb surgery Tuesday but still is expected to be available for the Sept. 11 season opener against the Green Bay Packers.

Smith was injured in practice Monday, according to head coach Kevin O’Connell.

Smith, 23, was a second-round draft pick by the Vikings out of Alabama in 2019 but did not play last season after undergoing knee surgery.

Over his first two NFL seasons in Minnesota, Smith started 14 of the 29 games he played with 66 receptions for 676 yards and seven touchdowns.

He is the son of Irv Smith Sr., a former first-round draft pick out of Notre Dame, who played seven seasons in the NFL.

–Field Level Media