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Vikings Resilient Vs. Broncos

After trailing 20-0 against the Denver Broncos in the 1st half, the Vikings stormed back with a 27-3 scoring run to advance to 8-3 on the season.

Let's be frank, the Minnesota Vikings offense looked dismal to start in Sunday's contest. While the back-sliding Denver Broncos have a strong reputation for flustering opposing offenses, no one expected the star-studded Vikes to go scoreless through two quarters Sunday.

Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith (84) catches a 10-yard touchdown pass ahead of Denver Broncos cornerback Davontae Harris, right, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

Denver had been winning the time of possession statistic early. They forced the Vikings offense into quick three & outs and multiple turnovers. Frustration was sure until a 3rd quarter red-zone interception by DB Andrew Sandejo ignited U.S Bank Stadium. After taking over on downs, the Vikings offense used intermediate passing to force Denver out of their man-to-man defense.

Momentum mounted steadily for Minnesota. From screen plays, to stretch runs, to over the top throws to Stefon Diggs, the Broncos were overwhelmed by a determined Vikings team in the second half. QB Kirk Cousins finished the game with 3 TD's and 319 yards but HB Dalvin Cook only produced 26 yards on 11 carries. Offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski made the required adjustments, and while Cook wasn't heavily featured in the scheme, the Vikings will take the Week 11 victory in stride.

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