MINNEAPOLIS — Three rushing touchdowns and a stout defense keyed the Minnesota Vikings to a 34-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Sept. 22, at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Dalvin Cook continued to prove he is the team's offensive MVP, racking up 143 all-purpose yards (110 rushing, with 33 yards on four catches). Rookie Alexander Mattison added a high-flying leap for a score, and receiver Adam Thielen punched the ball in from a yard out on a sweep play.
With his big game, Cook became the first Viking to top 100 yards rushing in the first three games of the season since Chuck Foreman did it in 1975.
The defense held strong when it mattered, coming up with four sacks and holding Oakland to three third-down conversions on 11 tries. Oakland's only points in the red zone came on a late drive with the game well in hand.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins kept the Raiders defense honest by connecting with six different receivers for 174 yards. His lone touchdown pass on the day came on a play-action pass to Thielen on the game's opening drive.