It came to the end, but the Vikings defeated the steel man – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Dalvin Cook dashed for 205 yards and two touches on his faster-than-expected comeback from a shoulder injury, and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-28 by making a zero pass. complete in the end zone in the final match on Thursday night.

Ben Roethlisberger’s pitch to Pat Freiermuth was on target, but Anthony Barr and Harrison Smith grabbed the rookie at just the right time to clear the ball and give the Vikings (6-7) a crucial win after they came close. with a score of 29-0 leads at the end of the third quarter.

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All but one of Minnesota’s games this year have been decided by eight points or less.

Roethlisberger made cross passes for Najee Harris, James Washington and Freiermuth in the second half, and Harris also scored the opening goal as the Steelers (6-6-1) recovered from a poor start. The Vikings had a 300-66 advantage in total yards in the first half, but Ahkello Witherspoon blocked Kirk Cousins ​​twice after halftime to power the rally.

Just as important as all the pitch he tore on the ground was the 17-yard catch Cook made on a route connecting Tuesday and 9 from Minnesota 26 with a 2:38 left. That forced the Steelers to use all of their time out, letting Roethlisberger 96 yards and 2:16 go through after Jordan Berry scored a goal deep into his former team’s net.

Roethlisberger hit Chase Claypool for 48 yards while Bashaud Breeland was interfering with the pass to reach the midfield. Claypool made it past the 4th and 2nd stages to Minnesota 34. Diontae Johnson set the final stage from round 12 by making a cross 12 yards from the boundary, but Roethlisberger and Steelers, who failed with 2 the point. the trial transition was earlier in the fourth quarter, which was short-lived.


Just 11 days after Cook dislocated his shoulder, helping him out of last week’s loss at Detroit without a previous win, he lined up in the backyard and enjoyed the best run room he’d seen throughout the season. Cook set a franchise record with a 153-yard dash in the first half, and he needed just 14 runs to do it.

The Vikings trampled Steelman with a plan to block their zone, creating holes for Cook to jump through and minimizing contact with his still-healing shoulder. The Vikings averaged more than 10 yards per play in the first quarter.


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The only sprint for the Vikings came when Greg Joseph blocked goal 53 yards from the left and sent his first plus to the right. Chris Boswell also made a 49-yard effort, just his second goal of the season for the Steelers to end a streak of 20 straight. It was the NFL’s first game since at least 1991, according to Sportradar data for the study, with two goals conceded on the field and an extra point missed in the first half.


Steelers: CB Joe Haden (leg) missed the fourth game in a row. … John Leglue had his first game in the NFL, filling in left guard for BJ Finney (back). Leglue became the fourth starter at LG this year, with Kevin Dotson and JC Hassenauer in reserve injured. … OLB Alex Highsmith (knee) hurt in the third round and did not return.

Vikings: LT Christian Darrisaw (ankle) sidelined for the second straight game. Oli Udoh came on for Darrisaw, and Mason Cole played right-back for Udoh. … Back-up LB Ryan Connelly picked up a serious knee injury at the start of the second half.


The Steelers host Tennessee on December 19. They have won 4-0-1 in their last five home games.

The Vikings visited Chicago on December 20, giving them 10 days off between games.

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