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On Saturday, it seemed like every chance the Minnesota Vikings could take the NFC North was 4-8-1 against Indianapolis. However, it’s interim head coach Jeff Saturday’s Colts, who have lost three straight, on top early and in complete control, leading 33-0. The Colts dominate despite 2021 rushing king Jonathan Taylor missing 13 yards on one reception with an ankle injury.

Against the Detroit Lions a week ago, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​exploded for his best passing output of the season with 425 passing yards, 223 of which went to wide receiver Justin Jefferson for a franchise single-game record. The same offense couldn’t get anything going in the first half against the Colts. Their first seven drives ended with a blocked punt returned for an Indianapolis touchdown, a fumble with running back Dalvin Cook, consecutive turnovers on downs, a fumble, a Cousins ​​pick-six and another punt.

Just an underwhelming start for a 10-3 team looking to seal its first NFC North division title since 2017 and its first playoff berth since 2019.

Week 15 marked the first time this season the Colts led by double digits in a game, and they scored more first-quarter points (17) than their 31st-ranked scoring offense averaged 16.1 points per game. Most of the plays came through the Colts’ defense and special teams, thanks to a 24-yard blocked field goal on the first touchdown of the game and a 17-yard interception return by safety Julian Blackmon.

Quarterback Matt Ryan accounted for the other score, running back Deon Jackson for a one-yard touchdown. Saturday’s players have quite the battle as he auditions to become the Colts’ head coach. It was an even day for Indianapolis forward Chase McLaughlin, as his four goals in the first half matched his career high in a single game.

Stay tuned for our coverage of this upside game in the second half to see if the Vikings can show some fight and maybe muster some semblance of a rally. We’ll have all the real-time updates and analysis.


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