Shootout in Minneapolis: Kirk Cousins wins at primetime and Vikes beat Pats 33-26

The first time in the history of the Minnesota Vikingshosting a Thanksgiving Day game, it turned out to be quite a shootout that neither Vikings nor Patriots were willing to lose, ending with a score of 33-26 in favor of the locals.

From the first offensive series of each team, which resulted in touchdowns, the game was shaping up to be close, with exchanges of touchdowns from one side and the other, and with the Pats dominating the first quarter, with which they took a 10-7 lead. The second quarter was won by Minnesota, 9-6, to reach a 16-point tie at halftime. The game was that evenly matched.

Defenses were conspicuous by their absence

After the 40-3 thrashing by Dallas the previous Sunday, the Vikings were expected to have a better defensive game, especially because they were facing one of the worst QBs in the NFL, Mac Jones of the Patriots. But that was not the case.

Jones had perhaps his best game of the season, answering each and every point the Vikings scored. The young Pats QB finished the game 27 of 38, 359 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs, for a QBR of 119.8.

For his part, Vikes QB Kirk Cousins faced not only a feisty New England team, but to once again have a big game broadcast nationally, where he almost always fails. Cousins finished with numbers of 30 of 37, 299 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT, for a QBR of 116.1.

Justin Jefferson continues to shine

One of the stars of the game, and an important part of the Vikings taking the win was WR Justin Jefferson, who continues to rack up yards and TDs for Minneapolis. Jefferson had 9 receptions, 139 yards and 1 TD.

After the game, the Vikings moved to a 9-2 record, increasing their lead as NFC North leader to 5 games over Detroit, their closest pursuer until Thursday. New England moved to 6-5, dropping to last place in the NFC East.

Minnesota’s next game will be on December 4, hosting the New York Jets, while the Patriots will host the Buffalo Bills on December 1 on Thursday Night Football.