Skip to main content

Vikings punish the Texans in dominating 31-13 win

The Vikings got up early against Houston and never looked back.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The Minnesota Vikings took care of business on Sunday with a 31-13 win over the Houston Texans. Sunday's win keeps Minnesota's perfect record intact, now at 5-0.

It was a dominating win on all sides of the ball for the Vikings with the offense, defense and special teams playing big parts in the win.

The Vikings got off to a hot start on the first possession. After running back Jerick McKinnon and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson put the Vikings in solid field position, Sam Bradford hit Adam Thielen for a 36-yard touchdown to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead.

After Minnesota's defense forced a 3-and-out, the Vikings offense retook the field and continued to click. McKinnon led the way once again, but it was Matt Asiata who got in the end zone with a 1-yard touchdown run.

The Vikings' defense was superb in the first quarter, with the Texans accumulating just 8 yards of offense during that time.

The Vikings got a 19-yard field goal from Blair Walsh in the second quarter after getting stopped on the 1-yard line, giving Minnesota a 17-0 lead.

With the offense and defense firing on all cylinders, Minnesota's special teams got in on the scoring when Marcus Sherels returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown. Sherels extended his team record with his fifth career punt return touchdown.

The Texans finally got on the board late in the second quarter when Texans kicker Nick Novak hit a 38-yard and 30-yard field goal which cut the Vikings' lead to 24-6.

On Houston's first drive in the second half, Vikings safety, Andrew Sendejo intercepted a Brock Osweiler pass for his first pick of the season, but neither team was able to find the scoreboard in the quarter.

The Vikings opened the final quarter of play inside the Texans' red zone and Bradford connected with Patterson for a 9-yard touchdown.

Bradford, the former No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, connected with eight different receivers on Sunday, finishing with 271 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. In Bradford's five games with the Vikings this season, the QB has yet to commit a single turnover.

Thielen went over 100 yards receiving for the Vikings.

Minnesota's smashmouth defense held Houston to just 214 yards of total offense.

The Vikings have a bye next week, but return to action Oct. 23 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Next Up

New COVID-19 testing site in Midway neighborhood.

New COVID-19 testing site in St. Paul; 3 others to close as cases rise

Testing sites in Stillwater, Hutchinson, and St. Paul are closing as part of moves to adjust testing resources.

Screen Shot 2022-05-11 at 4.47.49 PM

St. Joseph man dies in motorcycle crash

The 27-year-old motorcyclist struck a curb, causing him to lose control before he crashed.

Downtown-Bike-Day_WS_No-logo

Downtown bike day—city biking at its best!

Move Minneapolis and ABC Ramps Mobility invite you to come along for the ride at Target Plaza on June 1, 2022

Anthony Skelley

Charges: South St. Paul teen killed during apparent marijuana sale

The individual accused of killing Skelley is a 17-year-old from St. Paul.

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards among NBA stars in Adam Sandler's Netflix film, 'Hustle'

The Timberwolves point guard stars alongside other NBA players LeBron James, Trae Young, Juancho Hernangomez and more.

police lights

Armed man found barricaded inside Brooklyn Park home, negotiators on scene

An active police presence remains in the area as negotiators speak with the suspect.

Anthony Skelley

17-year-old South St. Paul homicide victim is identified

The medical examiner determined that Skelley died of multiple gunshot wounds.

tornado, severe weather

Tornado watch issued in Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska

Severe storms are expected to push into southwest Minnesota this afternoon.

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 9.08.37 AM

Korean chicken chain Bonchon's 6th MN location set to open

The South Korean-based franchise has steadily increased its presence across the country.

Historic Fort Snelling

Revamped Historic Fort Snelling to fully reopen for first time since 2019

A $34.5 million revitalization project has been completed.

Screen Shot 2022-05-11 at 9.54.54 AM

Training storms dump big rain totals on southeast Minnesota

The flash flooding threat shifts further north and west Wednesday night.

Related

Vikings punish the Texans in dominating 31-13 win

The Vikings got up early against Houston and never looked back.

Vikings stuff Giants 24-10 on Monday Night Football

The Vikings are 4-0 after their 24-10 win over the New York Giants ... and they did it with another dominating defensive effort.

Vikings stuff Giants 24-10 on Monday Night Football

The Vikings are 4-0 after their 24-10 win over the New York Giants ... and they did it with another dominating defensive effort.

Vikings snap their losing streak with a 30-24 win over Arizona

The Vikings are now 6-4 on the season after starting 5-0.

Vikings snap their losing streak with a 30-24 win over Arizona

The Vikings are now 6-4 on the season after starting 5-0.

3 Vikings named to PFF's top 10 'surprise performances' list

Sam Bradford made the list, but what other Vikings have found themselves as surprise players?

3 Vikings named to PFF's top 10 'surprise performances' list

Sam Bradford made the list, but what other Vikings have found themselves as surprise players?

Missed opportunities cost the Vikings in loss to the Cowboys

The loss drops the Vikings to 6-6 on the season.