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Linval Joseph whipped out the sunglasses Mike Remmers Jersey , sat on the bench and pulled on the oxygen mask .Rest up, big man. Job well done.und 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 http://www.thevikingslockerroom.com/authentic-marcus-sherels-jersey , 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 ANTHEMBennett 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 LINEThe 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 NEXTVikings: Host the Arizona Cardinals (1-4) next Sunday.Eagles: Visit the New York Giants (1-4) on Thursday night. Holding a 13-10 lead coming out of the locker room, the Minnesota Vikings got to receive the second half kickoff from the Arizona Cardinals. The kickoff from Phil Dawson went through the end zone for a touchback, and the Vikings set up shop at their own 25-yard line to start the third quarter of play.The Vikings started the drive with a run by Latavius Murray, and then Kirk Cousins found Adam Thielen near the right sideline for a 16-yard gain and a first down to the 45. The Vikings then found themselves facing a 3rd-and-13 after a couple of attempts by Murray got stopped. Cousins then found Thielen again for an incredible diving catch that gave the Vikings a first down at the Arizona 45.Mike Boone then blasted through for a nice 20-yard gain to move the ball to the Arizona 22-yard line. On the ensuing third down, Cousins dropped back to pass and found Thielen in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown! Dan Bailey added the extra point Womens Brian O'Neill Jersey , and the Vikings’ lead expanded to 20-10.With his catches on that drive, Thielen went up to 10 catches for 114 yards, giving him his sixth consecutive 100-yard game to start the season. He’s good and stuff.Thanks to a penalty on the kick return, the Cardinals started their first drive of the third quarter at their own 7-yard line. The Cardinals did nothing, and the drive ended with Harrison Smith sacking Josh Rosen at the 1-yard line. Andy Lee came in to punt it away, and Marcus Sherels put together his best return of the year, taking it 20 yards to the Arizona 43-yard line.Latavius Murray kicked off the drive with the (new) longest run of the season for the Vikings, picking up 34 yards and setting up first-and-goal for the Vikings at the 9-yard line. After another run by Murray, Cousins faked a handoff to C.J. Ham, and then ran around the right side for a 7-yard touchdown run!Bailey added the extra point, and suddenly the lead was 17 points at 27-10.Arizona started at their own 25 after another touchback, and they picked up a first down on a pass to Larry Fitzgerald and a run by David Johnson. The Cardinals eventually found themselves facing another third down, and Anthony Harris jumped in front of a Fitzgerald route for an interception! That was the Vikings’ first interception since Week 1 Rashod Hill Jersey , and set the Vikings up at their own 47-yard line.Unfortunately, the Vikings didn’t do much with the turnover, as they went three-and-out following the interception. Matt Wile came in to punt the ball away, and Christian Kirk called for a fair catch at the 13-yard line. A penalty on the Cardinals pushed it back further, and the Cardinals once again started at their own 7-yard line.The Cardinals got a big play to start their drive, as Rosen found Jermaine Gresham on a short screen that picked up 26 yards and got Arizona out of the shadow of their own goal post. A short pass to J.J. Nelson then got the Cardinals near another first down, and they got it on a carry by Chase Edmonds.As we move to the final quarter of play, the Cardinals are looking at 1st-and-10 from their own 46-yard line.We have fifteen minutes of football remaining from U.S. Bank Stadium, and the Vikings lead the Cardinals by a score of 27-10. Will the purple hold on for their third victory of the year?
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