The Minnesota Vikings beat the Atlanta Falcons, 41-28, in a minor upset to improve their record to 2-2 while overcoming an ankle injury to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The Minnesota Vikings improved to 2-2 with a 41-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, thanks to the steady play of rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The Vikings took a 24-14 lead at halftime, but the Falcons came roaring back with 14 unanswered points. The Vikings then went on to score 14 more points in the fourth quarter.
Bridgewater went down in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury, but he threw for 317 yards on 19-of-30 passing to lead the Vikings offense.
Running back Jerick McKinnon led the Vikings with 135 rushing yards on 18 carries, and Matt Asiata rushed for 78 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. Wide receiver Jarius Wright had a breakout game that consisted of eight catches for 132 yards.
Kicker Blair Walsh also had a solid performance with four field goals, including a 55-yarder in the fourth quarter. He made another one in the fourth to effectively put the game away.
For the Falcons, quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 298 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions on 25-of-41 passing. Julio Jones led the Falcons wide receivers with six catches and 82 yards. Roddy White added four catches and 73 yards with a touchdown reception.
In addition to the turnovers, the Falcons’ defense hurt them as they failed to generate a pass rush and allowed 558 total yards to the Vikings.