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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—The New York Jets lost out on Kirk Cousins in March. On Sunday, Oct. 21, they lost to him. Cousins, who considered the Jets in free agency before signing with the Vikings, led to Minnesota to a 37-17 victory at MetLife Stadium. On a chilly day, with the wind blowing 16 mph at kickoff, Cousins completed 25 of 41 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns. He threw touchdowns of 34 yards to Adam Thielen in the first quarter and 34 yards to Aldrick Robinson in the fourth.
HUFFMAN, Texas — Taylor Hennigan had never heard of Adam Thielen a week ago. Now, he's scrambling to read everything he can find about him. That's because Thielen, the Vikings' fifth-year wide receiver, can tie Charlie Hennigan's NFL record of seven straight 100-yard receiving games to open a season. Hennigan, who died last year at age 82, accomplished the feat with the Houston Oilers of the American Football League in 1961, and AFL records were absorbed into the NFL when the leagues merged in 1970.
EAGAN, Minn.—After rushing for a career-high 155 yards last week against Arizona, Latavius Murray has a surprise in store for his offensive linemen. The Vikings running back provided some details Friday. He's planning on a special meal that will be delivered next week. "I'm working on getting them something that we haven't had in awhile," Murray said. And what if he has another big game Sunday at the New York Jets? Would he consider doubling down? "Why not?" he said. "I'll take care of them."
A pair of banged-up teams meet Sunday, Oct. 21, at MetLife Stadium. The Minnesota Vikings will be without four starters in running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring), tackle Riley Reiff (foot), safety Andrew Sendejo (groin) and defensive end Everson Griffen (personal reasons). And starting nose tackle Linval Joseph (knee, ankle, shoulder) was listed Friday, Sept. 19, as questionable.
EAGAN, Minn. — Expectations are high when your nickname is "Hollywood," and that's just fine with Holton Hill. With cornerback Mike Hughes out for the season with a torn ACL, the Vikings could turn to another rookie for help. Hill, undrafted out of Texas, is a candidate to replace Hughes as the primary kickoff returner — and could help make up for the 63.6 percent of the snaps Hughes played on defense. "It's unfortunate what happened to Mike, but I feel like someone that could come in and fill those shoes, so I'll just take on a role," Hill said.
MINNEAPOLIS — Dan Bailey is an NFL kicker and amateur meteorologist. Whenever Bailey is about to kick at an outdoor stadium, he spends time studying the projected weather in that city. With his Vikings facing the New York Jets on Sunday, Oct. 21, at often-windy MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Bailey has been checking the weather regularly this week.
ST. PAUL — With Linval Joseph ailing, the Vikings have added depth at nose tackle with David Parry. Joseph sat out practice Wednesday, Oct. 17, with ankle, knee and shoulder injuries. He had missed two plays in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 27-17 win over Arizona at U.S. Bank Stadium after banging his left leg into teammate Danielle Hunter. On Tuesday, the Vikings signed David Parry, who was with them prior to being released Sept. 18. Parry played in Minnesota's first two games, including getting a sack Sept. 16 at Green Bay.
EAGAN, Minn. — Last May, Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan signed a contract extension that will make him the first NFL player to earn $30 million in a season. In August, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers got an extension that will pay him even more. Kirk Cousins would have beaten them to it had he agreed to a deal with the New York Jets in March.
EAGAN, Minn. — When defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson signed with Vikings as a free agent last March, he was asked about facing the New York Jets in 2018. "They've got to come see me," he said. The time has arrived for Richardson to run into the team he played for from 2013-16. The Vikings face the Jets on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Met Life Stadium.
EAGAN, Minn.—In three different games this season, Laquon Treadwell has caught four passes, which is his career high. When is he going to get to five? "When Adam (Thielen) stops catching the ball, I guess," the Vikings wide receiver said Monday with a laugh. There's no sign of that happening anytime soon. Thielen leads the NFL in receptions (58) and receiving yards (712). He is just the second player in league history to have 100 yards receiving in each of the first six games of a season.