The ball fell straight into the breadbasket of one Linval Joseph, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle and team captain, who proceeded to hike it 64 yards (followed by a parade of proud Vikings) for a Minnesota touchdown that made the score 10-3.
"Credit to Coach Flip for being aggressive as a play caller, giving us a chance", Cousins said. Stephen Weatherly knocked the ball loose and Wentz couldn't recover to catch Joseph from behind after the strip-sack. Kirk Cousins completed 30 of 37 attempts for 301 yards, but the pressure was there and he was simply sensational.
There will be much complaining and moaning and gnashing of teeth Monday morning around here over a roughing-the-passer penalty against the Eagles' Michael Bennett, an infraction that led to the Vikings touchdown and epitomized the ridiculous length to which the NFL and its officials have gone to protect the league's quarterbacks. Unlike back in January when the Eagles routed the Vikings 38-7 on their way to Super Bowl 52. But another illegal formation penalty followed and Wentz was called for intentional grounding.
They walk away from a 23-21 win over Philadelphia having achieved that feat by surviving a late push from the Eagles, halting an early losing streak in the process while regaining control of their season at a critical point. "If the quarterback has the ball, I know they don't want low hits on the quarterback, but if you're falling down, I guess you're supposed to just let the quarterback go", safety Malcolm Jenkins said. "I felt like that jump started us to go out there and get the win".
The Eagles finally got going on the opening drive of the third quarter, but Eric Kendricks forced Jay Ajayi to fumble at the Vikings 5 and recovered it. Cousins connected deep with Thielen for 68 yards on the next play and the Vikings reached the Eagles 2 before settling for Dan Bailey's 22-yard field goal.
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"I thought he made some unbelievable throws", Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.
The Vikings never trailed again in the game, and in fact, played to the tune of a 20-3 lead well into the third quarter. Offensive Tackle Lane Johnson missed a block that resulted in the sack and fumble that was returned for a touchdown. "I didn't do my job".
"I see guys that are battling their tails off and competing with one another to play". "At the same time, we have to be accountable". I wasn't trying to go for anything special, just trying to wrap him up and get him to the ground the proper way so I wouldn't get a flag.
"It's unfortunate", Wentz said.
Sunday against the Vikings, the Eagles ran just 19 offensive plays in the first half for 91 total yards. We're putting ourselves in bad situations and having to fight harder than we need to. "You can't do that when your team is counting on you".