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Cousins, defense lead Vikings over Eagles 23-21

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Linval Joseph whipped out the sunglasses, sat on the bench and pulled on the oxygen mask .

Rest up, big man. Job well done.

Kirk Cousins threw for 301 yards and one touchdown, the 330-pound Joseph returned a fumble 64 yards for a score and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Philadelphia Eagles 23-21 Sunday in a rematch of last season's NFC championship game.

''I love seeing Linval on the sideline in his glasses after plays. They have a lot of fun,'' Cousins said.

Carson Wentz and the rest of Philadelphia's offense again struggled as the defending Super Bowl champions fell to 2-3.

Nick Foles led the Eagles to a 38-7 rout over Case Keenum and Minnesota's top-ranked defense in the title game on his way to earning MVP honors against New England.

Trying to rally from a 17-point deficit midway through the third quarter, the Eagles were set up to take the lead after Roc Thomas dropped a backward pass and Nigel Bradham recovered the fumble at the Vikings 30 in the fourth quarter. But Wentz was called for intentional grounding and coach Doug Pederson elected not to let Jake Elliott try a 58-yarder.

''We were in great position and we go backward,'' Wentz said. ''It's frustrating.''

Dan Bailey, who missed two field goals earlier, nailed a 52-yard field goal to extend the lead to 23-14 with 2:47 left.

Wentz fired a 7-yard TD pass to Zach Ertz to cut it to 23-21 with 1:09 left but Adam Thielen recovered the onside kick.

The Vikings (2-2-1) got an excellent performance from Cousins, who completed 30 of 37 passes, to avoid falling further behind in the NFC North. Cousins became the first player in NFL history to complete at least 30 passes in four consecutive games.

''The pressure keeps building because we know what kind of team we could have if we can overcome some of the things we've been doing,'' Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. ''There was a lot of pressure to come in here and get a win. They studied hard, came out and worked their rear ends off.''

Cousins praised offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, who was Philadelphia's quarterbacks coach the past two seasons.

''Credit to Coach Flip for being aggressive as a play caller, giving us a chance,'' Cousins said.

Joseph snatched Wentz's fumble out of the air and rumbled the distance to give the Vikings a 10-3 lead in the second quarter. Stephen Weatherly knocked the ball loose and Wentz couldn't recover to catch Joseph from behind after the strip-sack.

After a roughing penalty by Michael Bennett negated his sack, Cousins tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Thielen to extend the lead to 17-3 at halftime. Bennett hit Cousins in the upper thigh, held his legs before letting go and Cousins fell backward.

The Eagles finally got going on the opening drive of the third quarter, but Eric Kendricks forced Jay Ajayi to fumble at the Vikings 5 and recovered it. Cousins connected deep with Thielen for 68 yards on the next play and the Vikings reached the Eagles 2 before settling for Bailey's 22-yard field goal.

''There is no excuse down there,'' Ajayi said. ''I didn't do my job.''

Jake Elliott kicked a 30-yarder to tie it at 3-3 after Philadelphia wasted an opportunity inside the red zone. Shelton Gibson made a leaping 48-yard reception at the Vikings 17. But Wendell Smallwood dropped a pass on third-and-3 and the Eagles settled.

Down 20-3, the Eagles had a first down at the Vikings 15, but Wentz took a sack and they ended up kicking a field goal.

Wentz tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Wendell Smallwood, who benefited from the NFL's new catch rule because the ball came loose when he hit the ground. Smallwood then ran in for the 2-point conversion to get Philadelphia within 20-14.

NATIONAL ANTHEM

Bennett sat on the bench during the national anthem in protest of racial and social injustice. Bennett stayed in the tunnel during the anthem the first month of the season but already ran onto the field during pregame introductions.

GET IN LINE

The Eagles were flagged three times for illegal formation.

INJURIES:

Vikings: LT Riley Reiff left the game with a foot injury. ... RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was inactive.

Eagles: S Corey Graham left the game with a hamstring injury. ... DE Derek Barnett (shoulder) and DT Haloti Ngata (calf) and RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) were inactive.

UP NEXT

Vikings: Host the Arizona Cardinals (1-4) next Sunday.

Eagles: Visit the New York Giants (1-4) on Thursday night.

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Key Players
K. Cousins 8 QB
301 PaYds, PaTD, RuYd
16
FPTS
C. Wentz 11 QB
311 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, 26 RuYds
24
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:09
J.Elliott extra point is GOOD Center-R.Lovato Holder-C.Johnston.
plays
yds
pos
23
21
Touchdown 1:09
C.Wentz pass short left to Z.Ertz for 7 yards TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
75
yds
1:38
pos
23
20
Field Goal 2:51
D.Bailey 52 yard field goal is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
11
plays
55
yds
6:24
pos
23
14
Two Point Conversion 12:05
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. W.Smallwood rushes right end. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
20
14
Touchdown 12:05
C.Wentz pass short right to W.Smallwood for 12 yards TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
66
yds
4:14
pos
20
12
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:00
J.Elliott 28 yard field goal is GOOD Center-R.Lovato Holder-C.Johnston.
8
plays
67
yds
4:35
pos
20
6
Field Goal 7:35
D.Bailey 22 yard field goal is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
6
plays
91
yds
2:01
pos
20
3
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:21
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
17
3
Touchdown 0:21
K.Cousins pass short left to A.Thielen for 3 yards TOUCHDOWN [M.Bennett]. Penalty on PHI-R.Darby Defensive Holding declined.
8
plays
56
yds
2:24
pos
16
3
Point After TD 4:12
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
10
3
Touchdown 4:24
C.Wentz sacked at MIN 39 for -8 yards (S.Weatherly). FUMBLES (S.Weatherly) [S.Weatherly] RECOVERED by MIN-L.Joseph at MIN 36. L.Joseph for 64 yards TOUCHDOWN.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
9
3
Field Goal 12:27
J.Elliott 30 yard field goal is GOOD Center-R.Lovato Holder-C.Johnston.
5
plays
55
yds
2:11
pos
3
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:06
D.Bailey 37 yard field goal is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
5
plays
31
yds
2:02
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 32:47 27:13
1st Downs 19 21
Rushing 5 4
Passing 13 15
Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Conv 4-11 2-9
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-1
Total Net Yards 375 364
Total Plays 61 55
Avg Gain 6.1 6.6
Net Yards Rushing 77 81
Rush Attempts 23 17
Avg Rush Yards 3.3 4.8
Net Yards Passing 298 283
Comp. - Att. 30-37 24-35
Yards Per Pass 8.1 8.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-3 3-28
Penalties - Yards 4-23 8-52
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 1 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 2-2
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 2-39.0 4-41.3
Return Yards 22 86
Punts - Returns 2-22 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 4-86
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 5/7 3/3
Extra Points 2/2 1/1
Field Goals 3/5 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 1-4 -25% 2-5 -40%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-1 -0% 1-2 -50%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Vikings 2-2-1 3143323
Eagles 2-3 0331521
298 PASS YDS 283
77 RUSH YDS 81
375 TOTAL YDS 364
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
K. Cousins 8 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
81.1% 301 1 0 109.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.2% 1688 11 2 105.1
K. Cousins 30/37 301 1 0 16
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Murray 25 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 42 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 106 0
L. Murray 11 42 0 12 5
S. Diggs 14 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 25 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 34 0
S. Diggs 2 25 0 20 11
R. Thomas 32 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 12 0
R. Thomas 4 8 0 6 0
K. Cousins 8 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 62 0
K. Cousins 5 1 0 3 16
M. Boone 44 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 12 0
M. Boone 1 1 0 1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Thielen 19 WR
17
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 7 116 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 47 589 3
A. Thielen 10 7 116 1 68 17
S. Diggs 14 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 10 91 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 37 402 3
S. Diggs 11 10 91 0 25 11
K. Rudolph 82 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 41 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 229 2
K. Rudolph 5 5 41 0 17 4
L. Treadwell 11 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 142 1
L. Treadwell 4 3 21 0 8 2
L. Murray 25 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 60 0
L. Murray 2 2 14 0 8 5
C. Ham 30 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 61 0
C. Ham 1 1 7 0 7 0
R. Thomas 32 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 6 0
R. Thomas 2 1 6 0 6 0
D. Morgan 89 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 36 0
D. Morgan 1 1 5 0 5 0
A. Robinson 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 42 2
A. Robinson 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
M. Hughes 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-3 1 0.0
M. Hughes 5-0 0.0 0 0
A. Barr 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-9 0 0.0
A. Barr 5-1 0.0 0 0
A. Sendejo 34 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-6 0 0.0
A. Sendejo 5-0 0.0 0 0
H. Smith 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-4 1 2.0
H. Smith 4-0 0.0 0 0
E. Kendricks 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-13 0 0.0
E. Kendricks 4-2 0.0 0 0
L. Joseph 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-7 0 1.0
L. Joseph 4-1 1.0 0 0
X. Rhodes 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-0 1 0.0
X. Rhodes 3-0 0.0 0 0
D. Hunter 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-4 0 5.0
D. Hunter 2-0 1.0 0 0
E. Wilson 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
E. Wilson 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Weatherly 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 2.0
S. Weatherly 2-0 1.0 0 1
J. Kearse 27 SAF
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
J. Kearse 2-0 0.0 0 0
G. Iloka 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
G. Iloka 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Alexander 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-2 0 1.0
M. Alexander 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Thomas 32 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
R. Thomas 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Holmes 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Holmes 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Richardson 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-8 0 1.0
S. Richardson 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Bailey 5 K
11
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/5 2/2
SEASON FG XP
6/8 4/4
D. Bailey 3/5 52 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Wile 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 39.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
21 44.3 8
M. Wile 2 39.0 0 43
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Hughes 21 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 6.5 13 0
M. Hughes 1 13.0 13 0
B. Zylstra 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
B. Zylstra 1 9.0 9 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Wentz 11 QB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.6% 311 2 0 115.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.2% 914 5 1 99.6
C. Wentz 24/35 311 2 0 24
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Ajayi 26 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 29 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 184 3
J. Ajayi 8 29 0 9 0
W. Smallwood 28 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 150 1
W. Smallwood 3 27 0 13 14
C. Wentz 11 QB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 26 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 44 0
C. Wentz 5 26 0 11 24
J. Adams 33 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 29 0
J. Adams 1 -1 0 -1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
Z. Ertz 86 TE
17
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 10 110 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 41 437 1
Z. Ertz 11 10 110 1 23 17
S. Gibson 18 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 48 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 48 0
S. Gibson 1 1 48 0 48 4
N. Agholor 13 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 45 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 212 1
N. Agholor 4 4 45 0 20 4
W. Smallwood 28 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 44 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 96 1
W. Smallwood 4 3 44 1 23 14
A. Jeffery 17 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 2 39 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 144 1
A. Jeffery 8 2 39 0 31 3
D. Goedert 88 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 106 1
D. Goedert 2 2 16 0 11 1
J. Ajayi 26 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 20 0
J. Ajayi 1 1 5 0 5 0
J. Matthews 80 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 81 1
J. Matthews 1 1 4 0 4 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Hicks 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-8 0 1.0
J. Hicks 7-2 0.0 0 0
S. Jones 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-2 0 0.0
S. Jones 7-0 0.0 0 0
N. Bradham 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-9 0 1.0
N. Bradham 5-2 0.0 0 0
M. Jenkins 27 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-5 0 0.0
M. Jenkins 5-1 0.0 0 0
J. Mills 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-1 0 0.0
J. Mills 4-0 0.0 0 0
A. Maddox 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
A. Maddox 4-0 0.0 0 0
R. Darby 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-1 1 0.0
R. Darby 4-0 0.0 0 0
B. Graham 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 0 1.0
B. Graham 3-0 1.0 0 0
C. Long 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 1.0
C. Long 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Hester 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Hester 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Grugier-Hill 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
K. Grugier-Hill 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Bennett 77 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
M. Bennett 1-0 0.0 0 0
F. Cox 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-4 0 3.0
F. Cox 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Ajayi 26 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Ajayi 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Lovato 45 LS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
R. Lovato 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Elliott 4 K
7
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
8/10 9/9
J. Elliott 2/2 30 1/1 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Johnston 1 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 46.8 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
24 50.7 8
C. Johnston 4 46.8 2 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Carter 16 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 21.5 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 21.5 24 0
D. Carter 4 21.5 24 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIN 25 6:20 12 65 FG Miss
7:04 MIN 50 2:02 5 31 FG
2:51 MIN 10 3:16 6 14 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:24 MIN 25 5:31 9 48 FG Miss
2:45 MIN 44 2:24 8 56 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:33 MIN 5 2:01 6 91 FG
2:57 MIN 25 1:38 3 6 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:05 MIN 25 2:02 4 5 Fumble
9:10 MIN 11 6:24 11 55 FG
1:09 MIN 50 1:09 2 -2 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:39 PHI 20 1:36 3 -12 Punt
5:02 PHI 25 2:11 3 8 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:35 PHI 33 2:11 5 55 FG
6:53 PHI 35 2:41 5 29 Fumble
4:12 PHI 26 1:27 3 -2 Punt
0:21 PHI 22 0:21 1 3 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PHI 27 5:27 9 68 Fumble
7:32 PHI 23 4:35 8 67 FG
1:19 PHI 34 4:14 10 66 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:56 MIN 35 0:52 3 -15 Punt
2:47 PHI 25 1:38 7 75 TD