Vikings have second highest single-game completion percentage against Bill Belichick’s Patriots

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Bill Belichick is in his 23rd year of coaching the Patriots. That’s 364 regular-season games.

Last night, the Vikings connected on a higher percentage of throws than any other team had in 362 of them.

Via Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, the Vikings generated a completion percentage of 81.6 percent on Thursday night. It came on 31 of 38 throws, with quarterback Kirk Cousins going 30 for 37 and receiver Justin Jefferson throwing a pass on a gadget play to Adam Thielen. That’s the second highest completion percentage in any game against the Patriots, with Belichick as the head coach.

The highest completion percentage happened on September 21, 2008, in the Wildcat game against the Dolphins. That day, with Miami desperate to get something going on offense and with the team pivoting to an approach that players like running back Ricky Williams dismissed in training camp as “high school shit,” quarterback Chad Pennington completed 17 of 20 and running back Ronnie Brown went one for one. That’s 85.7 percent.

Few would have expected the Vikings to have that kind of efficiency last night. Left tackle Christian Darrisaw was out with a concussion, but the pass blocking held up. And Cousins did a very good job of buying a little extra time with his feet and checking down to open receivers.

Cousins also did a great job of holding the ball while absorbing his lone sack of the night, on the first snap of the fourth quarter. That easily could have been a fumble and possibly a scoop and score, which would have put the Vikings down by 10 points.

17 responses to “Vikings have second highest single-game completion percentage against Bill Belichick’s Patriots

  1. The Vikings might have fate on their side this year, which is one of the active ingredients in a SuperBowl recipe. Talent and luck are the other two ingredients. The Vikings continue to impress me. The blowout loss last week was an anomaly and one of those “it happens” moments. The entire team including Cousins played inspirational football last night. Great job.

  2. On one hand, good for the Vikings and their fans. They’ve suffered through mediocrity long enough and should enjoy this.

    On the other hand, how much of this season is Cousins playing for a better deal should this new regime grow tired of his current contract?

  3. KnowsMoreThanYou says:
    November 25, 2022 at 10:13 am
    The Cousins haters don’t show their face much anymore.

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    You think this guy is actually going to beat the good teams? This pats team has yet to beat anyone good. Your QB just go embarrassed last week scoring only 3 points. One victory over a non-contender and you think your problems are over. Enjoy your early exit form the playoffs. This team isn’t that good.

  4. well when you get to hold on every play and nothing is called – your entire line looks like its ALL PRO

  5. The wildcat game more or less fits with Belichick’s struggles with mobile quarterbacks. Prime Time Kirk is not that kind of player and there wasn’t a lot of run support to lean on, so I think we’re all scratching our heads. Must be the drip.

  6. 6ringsnewengland says:
    November 25, 2022 at 10:55 am

    well when you get to hold on every play and nothing is called – your entire line looks like its ALL PRO

    I did not see too many holding calls against the Patriot’s super star, all-pro O-line either. Zadarius Smith gets nowhere near Mac Jones for the entire game without holding? I do not think so. And 12 men in the huddle with no flag? It was a horrible job of officiating, but it went both ways.

  7. Love D-Mac but it’s time to hang em up and it was painfully obvious last night. Great career.

  8. BuckyBadger says:
    November 25, 2022 at 10:43 am
    . Enjoy your early exit form the playoffs. This team isn’t that good.
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    Sour grapes taste good? The only thing we know for sure is you’ll be rooting against the Vikings in the playoffs, because you won’t have a team to root for.

  9. BuckyBadger says:
    November 25, 2022 at 10:43 am
    KnowsMoreThanYou says:
    November 25, 2022 at 10:13 am
    The Cousins haters don’t show their face much anymore.

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    You think this guy is actually going to beat the good teams? This pats team has yet to beat anyone good. Your QB just go embarrassed last week scoring only 3 points. One victory over a non-contender and you think your problems are over. Enjoy your early exit form the playoffs. This team isn’t that good

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    Ahhh bucky, at least you still have the never won a national title sconie badgers. Do you know bucky that the Mighty Minnesota Golden Gophers have won 7 National titles.

  10. The Vikings beat the supposedly best team in football, the Bills just two weeks ago. They are a good team with the top 2 receiver in football.

  11. isitfootballseasonyet says:
    November 25, 2022 at 5:14 pm
    Ahhh bucky, at least you still have the never won a national title sconie badgers. Do you know bucky that the Mighty Minnesota Golden Gophers have won 7 National titles.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    “Any titles in any sport that occurred prior to 1961 do not count.”
    -Viking Fan

  12. The Vikings doing well sure is fun. The Packer fans being miserable and grasping at straws to criticize is also quite enjoyable. I’m happier right now than any Packer fan will be for at least the next year, probably longer.

  13. I was hoping I didn’t have to educate a packer fan again, but here goes. The packers began in 1919. The Vikings and many expansion teams did not start until 1961. Now as far as buckys badgers. They have been playing against the Minnesota Golden Gophers since 1890. Maybe you can write this down in your Jonas Brothers notebook for future reference. Thanks.

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