From: Las Vegas
Cousins lit up the Seattle defense in the first half, completing 16 of 20 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns. He tallied an 82.0 passing grade over the first 30 minutes of play, averaging 9.3 yards per attempt with an adjusted completion percentage of 94.4%. His success carried into the second half when he posted a 72.0 passing grade and 142 yards.
Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook was ruled out prior to Sunday’s matchup, so Minnesota was forced to lean on Alexander Mattison. One of the premiere fantasy football handcuffs, Mattison handled 75% percent of the carries and bullied the Seahawks, racking up 57 yards after contact.
Justin Jefferson dominated every statistical category for Minnesota Sunday afternoon, tallying nine receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown.
Adam Thielen salvaged his fantasy day with a touchdown and finished with five catches on seven targets. KJ Osborn operated as the third receiver in the offense, totaling 31 snaps, while Tyler Conklin paced the tight end room with 70 yards.
The Vikings offensive line held up fairly well in pass protection, posting a 76.9 pass-blocking grade as a unit. It allowed three sacks and 10 QB pressures on the afternoon. Tackle Brian O’Neill led the way, posting an 83.8 pass-blocking grade and a clean sheet on 39 pass-blocking snaps. He didn’t allow a single pressure on Cousins.
The unit struggled a bit in run protection, though, posting an average 53.4 run-blocking grade.
While Minnesota’s defensive line wasn’t exactly the Purple People Eaters Sunday, it was still effective, notching a 78.7 pass-rushing grade and 66.7 run-defense grade. Edge rusher Danielle Hunter paced the unit with an 85.0 pass-rushing grade, tallying eight QB hurries on 35 pass-rushing snaps.
It was the Eric Kendricks show in the Vikings' linebacker room. Kendricks boasted an elite pass-rushing grade of 90.0, getting home for a sack on Wilson on one of his three pass-rushing snaps. He totaled 10 tackles (zero missed tackles) on the afternoon — four more tackles than the next-best linebacker, Nick Vigil.
As usual, Harrison Smith led a below-average secondary. The former Golden Domer posted a 77.1 coverage grade on 36 coverage snaps and didn’t allow a catch. The same cannot be said for cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Bashaud Breeland, though. Peterson finished with a 51.7 coverage grade, allowing four receptions for 70 yards and five first downs on six targets. Breeland didn’t fare any better, as he gave up nine catches on nine targets for 102 yards, a touchdown and seven first downs.