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NFL Week 13 PFF ReFocused: Minnesota Vikings 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 24

Dec 6, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Dan Bailey (5) kicks an extra point in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars fans might have gotten exactly what they wanted on Sunday afternoon: a close, exciting game that ended in a loss and a step closer to Trevor Lawrence.

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The Jags were beaten by the red-hot Minnesota Vikings, who got a Dan Bailey overtime walk-off field goal to climb to .500 on the season.

Dalvin Cook rushed for 120 yards this afternoon, with 96 of those yards coming after contact. He forced five missed tackles on the day.

Kirk Cousins had some moments, but he was sacked four times and threw an interception. The Vikings QB was pressured 15 times and completed only four of his 11 pressured passing attempts for 15 yards. Rookie sensation Justin Jefferson received the bulk of Cousins' targets with 11. Adam Thielen was not far behind at 10. Jefferson went for 121 yards and caught three of his four contested-target opportunities. Thielen went for 66 yards.

Jags rookie K’Lavon Chaisson had his best game as a pro, contributing five total pressures on Cousins. Those five make up 33% of his total pressures this season. 

Jacksonville's stand-in signal-caller Mike Glennon had a good day, especially when kept clean from pressure. He coolly posted a 23-33-210 stat line when he was able to get through his progressions. The lack of pressure allowed him to spread the wealth, too, as five Jaguars had six targets each. Tyler Eifert was the only one to catch all six of those targets, with the veteran tight end gaining 45 total yards.

Rookie sensation running back James Robinson only toted the rock 18 times on the ground but gained 78 yards with 46 coming after contact.

Rookie Watch

For the Jaguars, cornerback Luq Barcoo allowed five catches on as many targets into his primary coverage. Opposite him, Josiah Scott allowed one catch on two targets.

Doug Costin played 40 snaps in the middle of the Jags' defense and made one tackle. On offense, Laviska Shenault Jr. recorded two carries for 30 yards and caught all three of his targets for 38 yards.

Ezra Cleveland played every snap for the Vikings and performed admirably as both a pass-blocker and run-blocker. Cameron Dantzler was outstanding in coverage for the Vikings, only allowing one catch on seven targets for 3 yards and collecting an interception. His running mate, Jeff Gladney, was also good. He allowed a catch on all four of his targets but for a measly 18 yards.

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