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Dalvin Cook leads offense, Anthony Harris lifts defense as Vikings roll past Falcons 28-12


September 9, 2019

Carlos Gonzalez

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) celebrated after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter.

It will be simple, and tempting, to paint the Vikings' emphatic 28-12 victory over the Falcons as a manifesto for how they want to approach the entire 2019 season. Their commanding performance required just 10 pass attempts from Kirk Cousins, as their zone running scheme produced five of their seven longest plays of the day, their withering pass rush set up three turnovers and they blocked a punt to stake their first score.

Anthony Souffle

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) celebrated after he caught a touchdown pass from Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) in the first half.

The reality of the 16-game season will likely demand nuance be added to the narrative; though the Falcons' base defense is derived from the one coach Dan Quinn coordinated in Seattle (where the team puts eight defenders in the box and plays a Cover-3 defense behind it), Atlanta was 25th in the league against the run last season and has finished in the bottom half of the NFL two of the past three years. Tests ahead, starting with the Packers next Sunday at Lambeau Field, will likely require more balance.


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