Vikings hold on 23-21 to drop Eagles to 2-3

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The Eagles made it a game in the second half, but the Vikings held off Philadelphia’s charge.

The Eagles’ 23-21 loss to the Vikings dropped the defending Super Bowl champions to 2-3. The Eagles lost only three games all of last season. Minnesota improved to 2-2-1.

Adam Thielen recovered the onside kick with 1:07 remaining to preserve the Vikings’ win.

The Eagles cut it to 20-14 with 12:05 remaining on Wendall Smallwood’s 12-yard touchdown catch from Carson Wentz and a run by Smallwood on the two-point conversion. But the Vikings answered with a 55-yard drive that resulted in a 52-yard Dan Bailey field goal.

Bailey missed field goals of 28 and 45 yards and made a 37-yarder.

The Eagles needed only 98 seconds to draw back within one score as Wentz found Zach Ertz for a 7-yard touchdown with 1:09 left. But Philadelphia, out of timeouts, needed the onside kick to have a chance for a miracle comeback.

The Vikings benefited from a questionable roughing the passer call on Michael Bennett late in the second quarter. FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira disagreed with the call, which negated Bennett’s 8-yard sack.

It appeared Bennett hit Cousins above the knee first and then slid down.

Instead of third-and-14 at the Philadelphia 31, the Vikings got a first down at the 11. Two plays later, Cousins found Thielen for a 3-yard touchdown. Minnesota led 17-3 at halftime.

Thielen set an NFL record with his fifth consecutive 100-yard game to start a season. He finished with 116 yards on seven catches.

Cousins went 30-of-37 for 301 yards and the touchdown to Theilen.

Wentz was 24-of-35 for 311 yards and two touchdowns. Ertz caught 10 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Seven other players caught passes.

95 responses to “Vikings hold on 23-21 to drop Eagles to 2-3

  1. This team needed this road win so bad. Cousins is the best QB in the division, and it’s on to Arizona. The killer part of the schedule is over. Eagle fans are the worst and deserve to be 2-3. Karma Skol

  2. As bad as the Eagles are playing they aren’t going to win many games this year. They’re in for another loss Thursday night against the Giants.

  3. thereyougo2 says:
    October 7, 2018 at 7:49 pm
    Another tough one. Thursday night the winning streak starts

    ////////////////////

    For the Giants

  4. The Patriots losing to this eagles team in the superbowl looks more pathetic every week hahahahahaha! Luck put up better stats than tammy even with 5 different receivers dropping everything in sight. Patriots are back to their weakling division opponents to save them yet again

  5. Outside of that Buffalo debacle, Cousins is really playing well. Nothing bad to say about the guy.

  6. Vikings sure did have some game changing calls handed to them. I hate what the NFL has become being dictated by the officials

  7. Today shows that Vikings, Bears and Detroit will battle for the division. Green Bay is not relevant…SKOL Vikings, nice job, Detroit. Can’t wait to play you.

  8. @packerlies

    We’re tied, so if we’re half a game out of 4th place, so are your Packers.

    The Vikings haven’t lost to an NFC North team though, so you’re actually looking up in the standings to find us.

  9. Eagles will get it figured out. Vikings look like they have started to as well.

    Both teams should be playing in January. Along with Rams, Saints, Panthers and either the Bears or Seahawks.

  10. Congrats Vikes fans, but I wouldn’t trade 38-7 and a Super Bowl Championship in your stadium for this (which you needed one of the worst calls in the history of the NFL to win anyway). You aren’t sniffing a Super Bowl this year, or anytime soon, that’s for sure.

  11. logicalvoicesays says:

    First place in the NFC East

    WASHINGTON REDSKINS
    ========================================

    For another 3 1/2 hours.

  12. Good game. Long season ahead. Nobody should get caught up celebrating a week 5 victory. We all saw how silly that looks like with the celebrations on a Packer’s week 4 win or their celebration of their “historic” week 1 win.

  13. And of course the Patriots have to be brought up after an Eagles loss??? You can’t even keep it home..

    Let if go Iggles..

    You are NOT the Patriots.

    You beat the Patriots.

    You will never BE the Patriots.

    Good luck the rest of the year..

    Go Pats!!

  14. janvanflac says:
    October 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm
    Congrats Vikes fans, but I wouldn’t trade 38-7 and a Super Bowl Championship in your stadium for this (which you needed one of the worst calls in the history of the NFL to win anyway). You aren’t sniffing a Super Bowl this year, or anytime soon, that’s for sure.
    ______________________

    And that’s why you can’t keep nice things

  15. distracted9 says:
    October 7, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    Vikings sure did have some game changing calls handed to them. I hate what the NFL has become being dictated by the officials
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    You mean game changing calls like two touchdowns in the Superbowl that were called differently all season. Those kinds of calls.
    When you win a Superbowl you get a huge target on your back. Every team you play the next season has that game circled on their calendar and then they bring their A game.

  16. I spent 10 days thinking the Vikings would lose this game. And then they won!! The Vikings need some kind of running game going forward… The packers lost to make this win that much better.

  17. Now that’s the result we should have gotten last year instead of the no show effort that gift wrapped the Eagles a trip to the Super Bowl, not to mention the gift they got from Atlanta. The Vikes did have New Orleans choke last year so will not talk too much smack.

  18. Very bad call on Bennett’s sack on Cousins 15 yd roughing the passer which was on 3rd down Even aikman said it was a bad call and he said he wished the rules were like that when he was playing. another call was a bad one in the Giants game which went against then unesseary roughness call. I really believe with LEGAL gambling in many states the refs are very prone to making calls which will benefit them =Just saying but just my opinion And I’m not a fan of either team but the eagles vickings game was the national game which i watched. and that call on Bennett was BAD

  19. thermanmerman99 says:
    October 7, 2018 at 7:54 pm
    The Patriots losing to this eagles team in the superbowl looks more pathetic every week hahahahahaha! Luck put up better stats than tammy even with 5 different receivers dropping everything in sight. Patriots are back to their weakling division opponents to save them yet again

    —————-

    That pats punished your Colts last Thursday. Weakling division? The Bills and Jets won today while the Titans and Jags lost….and the Texans may still lose tonight.

  20. gtodriver says:
    October 7, 2018 at 7:59 pm
    @packerlies
    We’re tied, so if we’re half a game out of 4th place, so are your Packers.
    ++++++++

    @gtoDRIVES – Good job, you figured it out. Gold Star.

  21. The Eagles should consider themselves very lucky they’re not sitting at 1-4 right now. They still have to play at New Orleans, at Los Angeles (Rams) and at Jacksonville (in London) not to mention the slate of NFC East games. They’re looking at a 9-7 season and probably missing the playoffs.

  22. janvanflac
    Oct 7, 2018, 8:00 PM EDT
    Congrats Vikes fans, but I wouldn’t trade 38-7 and a Super Bowl Championship in your stadium for this (which you needed one of the worst calls in the history of the NFL to win anyway). You aren’t sniffing a Super Bowl this year, or anytime soon, that’s for sure.
    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Oh thanks for the Congratulations…Lol!
    What a punk!!!! Your tears taste Great, cue Tony the Tiger!

  23. Jalen Mills needs to not get in a WRs face after breaking up a pass after personally giving up 65 yards on a drive.

  24. filthymcnasty3
    Oct 7, 2018, 8:20 PM EDT
    I think it’s adorable how excited the Viking fans are just to crawl back to .500.
    Cxxxxxxxxxx
    Pasted by the Lions!!!

  25. @PackerLies..
    I do Not get your math.
    The Vikes Tied the Slackers.
    And the Vikings have no losses in the Division.
    Meanwhile the Pack just got a beat down in Detroit.
    Check your Math. Both teams are in the same place in the Division Genius.

  26. steelpalace5000 | says Oct 7, 2018, 8:08 PM EDT
    Gotta love eagle fans they win 1 super bowl and run their mouths like they have won 5 or 6 in a row lol

    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Yup, we’ll rule till 2023 take a long nap…

  27. I find it highly amusing that nhpats has the nerve to actually post anything on this website after he repeatedly stated over and over again all offseasons that Luck would not play another down in football. Very hilarious. Why arent you commenting on Luck on every single article like you were all offseasons? Too busy eating crow? Go Yankees!

  28. Rule book says that’s a penalty. You dive at a QBs legs, you take your chances of getting a penalty. Doesn’t really matter if you think it shouldn’t be a penalty. It simply is. Why? Because 32 owners have, for some reason, decided their $100 mil investments should be protected. Oh, but if you owned a team you would not care! Right? Right?!

  29. Huge game for the Vikes and a clutch win. Hmmm…not seeing the ‘Cousins is overrated’ posts nearly as often. #8 is a leader, smart, tough and has wicked fastball. 2-2-1 is what they needed to be after today, and they got it. Defense played better, special teams better, run game (so glad we have Murray) a little better and 4-out-of-5 new O-linemen from last year’s NFCC. Not pretty, but Capt. Kirk made it work. Eagles will be there at the end. Good team, good fans, annoying trolls.

    No question Cousins and the WRs are among the league’s elite. SKOL!! Onto a homer against AZ.

  30. packertruth says:
    October 7, 2018 at 7:49 pm
    The Vikings are a half-game out of fourth place.
    Green Bay is a half-game out of first place.
    Let that sink in, Ariani.

    —–

    And the Packers are a missed interception (by the bears) and a missed field goal by the Vikings from being 1-3. So what’s your point? The Packers only good win is against the Bills.

  31. thermanmerman99 says:
    October 7, 2018 at 8:40 pm
    I find it highly amusing that nhpats has the nerve to actually post anything on this website after he repeatedly stated over and over again all offseasons that Luck would not play another down in football. Very hilarious. Why arent you commenting on Luck on every single article like you were all offseasons? Too busy eating crow? Go Yankees!

    —————

    I also said your Colts would end up I last place in the divisions. At 1-4 they are right on track. Hang a banner

  32. ilthymcnasty3 says:
    October 7, 2018 at 8:20 pm
    I think it’s adorable how excited the Viking fans are just to crawl back to .500.

    —–

    The Vikings are past the toughest part of their schedule at .500. That’s good. Meanwhile the Packers are below .500 and get to play the Rams and other tough teams.

  33. I love hearing Eagles fans complaining about officiating changing games.

    It’s really fun isn’t it Lane?

  34. I also enjoyed the 2 penalties for covering the tight end. I thought the ref was supposed to just wave that off and allow them to do that?

  35. filthymcnasty3 says:
    October 7, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I think it’s adorable how excited the Viking fans are just to crawl back to .500.
    ……….
    Just can’t stop thinking about the Vikings, can you. Just knowing that the Vikings are always in your head is what’s really adorable, and no surprise. Please have a good week stewing over that Lions beat down sweetie.

  36. I hope the Philthydelphia football team fans are ready for more losing – last year was a fluke. When your QB is the dumbest player on the field when he walks on, you have no hope – and yes, he’s dirt stupid – watching him play this game proves he might not even have an IQ point.

  37. Cousins is proving that when he has a defense that plays competently, he’ll be a winner. Even Tomasina Brady cannot overcome defensive incompetence.

  38. Thielen is the real deal and it was fun watching Linvall’s slow-motion rumble to the end zone. However, I’m starting to wonder if our special teams coach isn’t doing something to psych out all our kickers — hell, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn he was on the phone to Mason Crosby last week.

  39. packerlies says

    gtoDRIVES – Good job, you figured it out. Gold Star.
    ####

    I didn’t have to figure anything out.

    I just wanted to counter your trolling post with a factual post…

    The Packers lost to an NFC North team.

    Only the Lions and the Vikings have zero losses within the division.

  40. People are so quick to turn on teams – the Eagles win a championship and then have a slow start the following season and everyone piles on. That’s so lame.

    The important thing is that they had fun out there today.

  41. usdcoyotesfan says:
    October 7, 2018 at 7:51 pm
    The Vikings didn’t beat the Eagles, the Eagles beat themselves

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    Does anyone else here think that because of the repetitious posts, coyote and stella are one in the same.

  42. gtodriver says:
    October 7, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    @packerlies
    We’re tied, so if we’re half a game out of 4th place, so are your Packers.

    gtodriver says:
    October 7, 2018 at 9:37 pm
    packerlies says
    gtoDRIVES – Good job, you figured it out. Gold Star.
    ####
    I didn’t have to figure anything out.
    I just wanted to counter your trolling post with a factual post…

    ++++++

    Lordy people. If ever I cite Ariani in a post it’s because Ariani just makes stuff up without regard to the facts.

    What I say is factually correct. I just present the information differently. Ya know…like a troll might. The point is the teams are tied. That was the whole bit. You really are an oversensitive lot. And slow on the uptake.

  43. Big road win for the vikings. 2-2-1 isn’t a bad start considering what they’ve been through this season: death of tony sporanno, losing their best defensive end probably forever. Their defense looked more disciplined today. and Cousins has been pretty amazing. Anybody that says Keenum would have done better is an absolute fool. Keenum is about to be benched in Denver. Cousins has made throws that you usually just see the elite QBs make. I think pretty soon you have to put him in the discussion of the elite QBs of the game. I don’t think he’s top five quite yet but he is getting close.

  44. lebrickle=classless. Fluke? I guess all the other one teams winning their first SB win are flukes? Such a jerk.

  45. If you told me the Vikings would be at .500 after five games, I would have said that is pretty unlikely. Few of us would have correctly picked against which teams the wins and losses would come. The defense was a little better this game, holding the Eagles at least slightly in check, but they need to continue to to get better on that side if they want to make the playoffs.

  46. Anybody else notice how the Eagles keep benefiting from the so called “catch rule” and it’s constant fluctuations in interpretation? they won the superbowl because of two touchdowns that would not have counted at any point last year, but then the refs just changed their minds in the superbowl. Today, their running back clearly didn’t complete the catch process and it counts as a catch/td?

    I don’t get it. I was under the impression if that ball comes loose during the catch process, it’s not a catch. now that’s not the case?

  47. @packerlies

    Yes, both teams are 2 – 2 – 1.

    But the Packers have an NFC North loss.

    Deal with it, sensitive one….

  48. My week is off to a great start a Viking win coupled with a packer loss. By the way I think it’s adorable how packer fans have nothing of interest and nothing better to do than to discuss on their articles so they come to ours to troll. (Sounds like a loser and a hater to me) Zimmer needs to figure out better coverages, no need for anyone to be so effing open in zone or man. Also, the offensive play calling is better but Flip when we’er on the five yard line a couple of runs might be in order because too many passes are being knocked down and an extra lineman in the backfield might be all we need. Somethings to consider for the Viking fans here to discuss.

  49. SKOL THIS!! This game was your playoff game and yea you won, but still 11 games left and i promise you that if the eagles and skol meet again wherever it will be either in philly or your place a different outcome will happen just like last year

  50. filthymcnasty3 says:
    October 7, 2018 at 8:20 pm
    I think it’s adorable how excited the Viking fans are just to crawl back to .500.
    *****
    I think it’s adorable how Packer fans think that all they need is for Aaron Rodgers to show up on the field and they will automatically win, yet get smoked by Redskins and Lions.

  51. Hey cat — didn’t you make a similar comment about this time last year? Where did that get ya? Maybe you like humble pie.

  52. gtodriver says:
    October 7, 2018 at 10:22 pm
    @packerlies
    Yes, both teams are 2 – 2 – 1.
    But the Packers have an NFC North loss.
    Deal with it, sensitive one….
    ++++++

    O Literal One – that NFC North loss doesn’t prevent Green bay from being a half-game from the first place Bears now, does it. (fact: they are a half-game behind)

    And the Packers have the tie-breaker over the Bears. So the Packers are a half-game out of first place. Do you see how that works? You now try and claim I said something other than I did.

    Again if you see me cite Ariani or his “let that sink in” tagline that’s a hint. Out.

  53. jobo50, For your sake I hope you are a youngster. Your post is laughable as your promise means nothing.

  54. fansince68 says:
    October 7, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    #8 is a leader, smart, tough and has wicked fastball

    ————————-
    You forgot has an uncanny ability to stand in there in the face of pressure and make clutch throws. Worth every penny of the Wilf’s money!

  55. packerlies says

    And the Packers have the tie-breaker over the Bears.
    ###

    Being a “half game out” against the Bears and having the “tiebreaker” is pretty meaningless as you can’t tie the Bears unless another team does first.

    We are tied and we have the tiebreaker as the Packers have lost to an NFC North team.

    Once again, deal with the truth, oh sensitive one.

  56. thermanmerman99 says:
    October 7, 2018 at 7:54 pm
    The Patriots losing to this eagles team in the superbowl looks more pathetic every week hahahahahaha! Luck put up better stats than tammy even with 5 different receivers dropping everything in sight. Patriots are back to their weakling division opponents to save them yet again
    __________________________________________________

    Just wondering what does the GOAT have to do with the Eagles being 2-3 ?

  57. Where is nhpat? He talked all preseason about Cousins chocking. FYI Cousins is number 2 in the league for passing and just beat the defending Super Bowl Champions, we are waiting on your apology, which of course will never come because you know, you’re not a stand up guy.

  58. How’s that taste, Philly Chuckleheads? Next time perhaps we’ll finally play at our house, and we’ll show you the same hospitality you give to all your visiting teams (love the beer-bottle throwing events!).

    Enjoy being below .500!

  59. This was not a surprise. Cousins, even with an inept Redskins team, usually played well against the Eagles. Now he’s got Thielen and Diggs. If the Vikes get their running game going, they are going to be really tough to stop.

  60. packertruth says:
    October 7, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    O Literal One – that NFC North loss doesn’t prevent Green bay from being a half-game from the first place Bears now, does it. (fact: they are a half-game behind)
    _______

    This is really a dumb argument, as usual. The original comment was cute, because packerlies was saying both the Packers and Vikings are in the same place but he emphasized the positive for the Packers and emphasized the negative for the Vikings. The problem is, he doesn’t have any equity with Viking fans to make a cute joke and have it be appreciated.

    That said, I have to point out another falsehood from “packertruth.” The Packers are not a half-game behind the Bears. The Bears are 3-1. The Packers are 2-2-1. A tie is worth half a win and half a loss so they are a half-game behind the Bears in the win column, but a game and a half behind the Bears in the loss column. I don’t think that even equates to being a full game behind the Bears because if the Packers win and the Bears lose next week, the Bears will still have a better winning percentage.

  61. ajzinnecker says:
    October 7, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    The Vikings are past the toughest part of their schedule at .500. That’s good. Meanwhile the Packers are below .500 and get to play the Rams and other tough teams.
    ____________

    Both teams are 2-2-1, so I’m struggling to understand how the Vikings are .500 and the Packers are below .500. And why are there 58 thumbs up and no thumbs down?

    #math

  62. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    October 8, 2018 at 10:57 am

    ajzinnecker says:
    October 7, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    “The Vikings are past the toughest part of their schedule”

    58 thumbs up most be from the people that read this much of the post.

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