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Second quarter analysis: Special teams comes through, Vikes up 24-0 over Texans

By Matthew Coller

The Minnesota Vikings are looking to go 5-0 as they face the Houston Texans at US Bank Stadium.

Second quarter

– Charles Johnson got into the game for the first time at 13:17 of the second quarter. With a shortage of tight ends, the Vikings have been using an extra linemen Nick Easton as an eligible receiver.

– Sam Bradford has continued to take hard hits. TJ Clemmings has been a screen door for the Texans. The Vikings have to consider putting Alex Boone at tackle and moving someone else like Nick Easton to guard.

– The Vikings get a big play out of Patterson to the goal line but cannot complete a pass to Zach Line in the end zone. Blair Walsh connects on a 19-yard field goal.

– Harrison Smith, who has been the most valuable defensive player, nearly picks one off. He would have walked into the end zone but couldn’t hang on. Also Captain Munnerlyn has played very well this season. He made a nice play to stop the Texans on third down.

– And now…all three phases….the Vikings get a punt return for touchdown from Marcus Sherels. Now up 24-0. That’s his second of the year. Add on: Punters falling down trying to make tackles is the best thing in sports.

– Some bad news: Cordarrelle Patterson was taken back to the locker room with an apparent hip injury. The Vikings may be forced to use Laquon Treadwell

First quarter

– Appears Jarius Wright is going to do most of the work filling in for Stefon Diggs today. No Charles Johnson on the first drive. Cordarrelle Patterson makes first catch of the game and will play a lot of snaps.

– Running out of shotgun, 7-yard run with hole opened up by Boone. Second run opened up by Zach Line, who may see more playing time with run being emphasis vs. Texans.

– Guard Brandon Fusco leaves the game with an injury. He has been ruled out for the game.

– Sam Bradford off to a hot start as he drops a perfect pass into the hands of Adam Thelien for a touchdown to put the Vikings up 7-0.

– Jerick McKinnon showing his versatility running out of the Wildcat for a first down on the second drive.

– Matt Asiata only averages 3.5 yards per carry for his career, but he can catch the ball effectively out of the backfield. He gains a big chunk on 3rd-and-6 to put the Vikings in scoring position.

– Asiata finishes the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to put Minnesota up 14-0. They are flying on offense and defense. Bradford is 5-for-7 with 97 yards and a touchdown and they have 32 more yards on the ground.

– Just as many quarterbacks before him, Brock Osweiler looks totally lost and flustered against Minnesota’s defense. He had to call a timeout on their second drive and has yet to throw the ball down the field at all.

– The only concern for the Vikings is TJ Clemmings. He’s been really rough and just whiffed badly on a Whitney Mercilus sack.

– After missed FG by the Texans, the Vikings return to offense where they continue to have Adam Thelien, Jarius Wright and Cordarrelle Patterson in at receiver and no Charles Johnson.

– To end the first quarter, Sam Bradford gets popped by Marcilus and still completed a third down pass. He has shown more toughness than expected while playing behind a struggling and dinged up offensive line.

The post Second quarter analysis: Special teams comes through, Vikes up 24-0 over Texans appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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