Will the Vikings get to ten wins today?
Kevin O'Connell's team, which bounced back from an embarrassing loss to the Cowboys by beating the Patriots on Thanksgiving night, faces another tough task in Week 13 against the 7-4 New York Jets.
The Jets have an elite defense, which won't be anything unfamiliar to the Vikings. They're going against a top-tier defense for the fourth straight week. What stands out most about the Jets is the interior of their defensive line, led by Quinnen Williams, and a strong secondary that features shutdown rookie corner Sauce Gardner.
Gardner against Justin Jefferson is going to be a ton of fun to watch, but don't forget about the rest of the Jets' secondary. D.J. Reed, Michael Carter II, Lamarcus Joyner, and Jordan Whitehead can all play.
This game sees the return of former Vikings TE Tyler Conklin, who has a 56-381-3 line in his first season with the Jets. Conklin and rookie Garrett Wilson will be among the top targets for Mike White, who is making his second start of the season.
The Vikings' struggling defense will get a boost today with the return of DT Dalvin Tomlinson and CB Akayleb Evans, both of whom missed multiple games. The Vikings will look to put some pressure on White and fluster him into taking some risks through the air.
With a win, the Vikings would complete a sweep of the AFC East, which is considered one of the best divisions in football this year. With a win and a Lions loss against Jacksonville, the Vikings would clinch the NFC North.
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Final Score: Vikings 27, Jets 22
0:10 — Cam Bynum picks off Mike White to seal the Vikings' 10th win.
1:46 — Braxton Berrios can't haul in a touchdown catch on 4th and goal from the 1. The Vikings take over on downs.
Vikings 27, Jets 22
6:45 — A Mike White touchdown run makes it a one-score game again.
Vikings 27, Jets 15
8:33 — The Vikings needed that. After a lifeless third quarter, they just put together an impressive drive that resulted in Justin Jefferson's fourth touchdown catch in the last five games. They have their two-score lead back.
Vikings 20, Jets 15
12:30 — Another Jets field goal. This is wild. It's now 20-15 after Zuerlein's fifth of the day. The Jets just keep chipping away. A 60-yard catch and run by Garrett Wilson set it up.
Vikings 20, Jets 12
0:59 — The Jets are attempting to field goal their way to a win here. Zuerlein's fourth of the game makes it a one-score game, but they'll presumably need a touchdown at some point.
Vikings 20, Jets 9
9:43 — The Jets add a third field goal after a Vikings three and out to open the second half. New York has been fine on offense but has really struggled on third down and in the red zone.
Vikings 20, Jets 6
0:08 — It's quite remarkable how kickers never miss against the Vikings. Greg Zuerlein just drilled one from 60 yards out to make it a two-score game again. The Vikings will get the ball to start the second half.
Vikings 20, Jets 3
0:40 — Greg Joseph adds another field goal to the Vikings' lead. It's 20-3 after Minnesota was set up with great field position when the Jets went for it on fourth down in their own territory and didn't get it.
Vikings 17, Jets 3
3:35 — The Vikings add to their lead with an Alexander Mattison rushing touchdown from 14 yards out. Another long, impressive drive for Minnesota's offense. Kirk Cousins made two big plays on the series, scrambling for a first down and hitting Jalen Reagor for 38 yards.
Vikings 10, Jets 3
13:02 — The Vikings get into the end zone first with a Dalvin Cook rushing touchdown. Justin Jefferson had two catches and two rushes on the drive.
Vikings 3, Jets 3
8:30 — The Vikings nearly had a second deflected interception, but Akayleb Evans and Cam Bynum collided with each other and the ball hit the ground. The Jets tied it with a Greg Zuerlein field goal.
Vikings 3, Jets 0
12:33 — The Vikings go three and out after the interception, but they were already in field goal range. Greg Joseph connected from 51 yards out to open the scoring.
13:41 — Cam Bynum deflected Mike White's third down pass over the middle of the field and it popped right into Harrison Smith's hands for an interception. That's the fifth of the season for Smith and the 34th of his career. Great start for the Vikings.