Vikings come back to beat the Broncos

Darin Gantt

The Vikings aren’t going to make it boring.

Sunday, they spotted the Broncos a 20-point lead before they ever bothered playing, but came back for a 27-23 win at home.

The win moved them to 8-3 and in good position to make the playoffs, but it came in such fits and starts it is hard to know what to expect over the next five games.

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The Vikings had just 47 yards at halftime, as neither the run game nor the dink-and-dunk passes from Kirk Cousins were working.

In the second half, things changed dramatically, with Cousins taking shots downfield. He hit Stefon Diggs for a 54-yard touchdown and Kyle Rudolph with a 32-yarder, a dramatic difference for an offense that has worked around the $84 million man for long stretches this season.

Cousins finished the game 29-of-35 for 319 yards and three touchdowns. He fumbled, part of their rough start, but was otherwise very good

The Broncos (3-7) were having fun early, rolling out to a 20-0 halftime lead with quarterback Brandon Allen playing decently, and wide receiver Courtland Sutton throwing a 38-yard pass out of the Wildcat, having a bit of fun along the way.

It didn’t last.

The Vikings gave them chances late in the game (especially by calling a timeout on the final Broncos drive which bought them an extra play), but were able to knock the ball away in the end zone on the final play to survive.

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