3. First four Vikings and final four Eagles possessions differ dramatically
The Vikings opened with four quality possessions and closed the game by severely limiting the Eagles on their final four opportunities.
Minnesota gained 226 net yards — and more importantly scored 24 points — on its first four possessions that included 25 plays.
The successful run included a tone-setting, 13-play drive that included both of the Vikings third-down conversions on the day. The first was a 20-yard pass to Thielen to pick up a third-and-13. The second was a 2-yard run by Cook on which the running back managed to reach the ball across the line-to-gain before he was tackled. The spot was initially marked short, but Head Coach Mike Zimmer successfully challenged, and the Vikings scored two plays later.
Philadelphia gained 98 net yards — and more importantly scored 0 points — on its final four possessions that included 17 plays.
The Vikings forced a punt after the sack by Kendricks and Alexander, who came in on a blitz. According to Next Gen Stats, Carson Wentz was sacked in 3.53 seconds, the 10th fastest time in Week 6.
Kendricks ended the Eagles next possession by forcing a fumble after a 22-yard completion. Anthony Barr collected the football and returned it 19 yards.
Alexander then halted Philadelphia’s next drive on the first snap when he undercut a pass intended for tight end Dallas Goedert for an interception.
The final possession began at the Philadelphia 8 and involved four runs for 30 harmless yards before time expired.