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NFL Week 11 PFF ReFocused: Minnesota Vikings 27, Denver Broncos 23

Kirk Cousins pulled off the comeback after trailing by 20 at halftime to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 27-23 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 11.

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Final Score

Minnesota Vikings 27, Denver Broncos 23

Minnesota Vikings

Cornerback Trae Waynes struggled early in the game, but similarly to the entire team, he made up for his early mistakes. Waynes played lot better in the second half and made a key pass breakup on the Vikings' goal-line stand at the end of the game.

Unlike Waynes, fellow cornerback Xavier Rhodes didn't improve as the game went on. Rhodes struggled against wide receiver Cameron Sutton, as he gave up multiple big receptions and also committed a defensive pass interference penalty.

Although the Vikings had a slow start and were down 20-0 at halftime, quarterback Kirk Cousins was not to be blamed for this. Furthermore, Cousins had a spectacular second half. He threw three touchdown passes to lead the Vikings back for a win.

Another reason Minnesota won the game in the second half was the emergence of star wide receiver Stefon Diggs. While he did not have a single reception in the first half, Diggs caught all five of his targets for 121 yards in the second half, including a 54-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.

Denver Broncos

Wide receiver Courtland Sutton took over the game in the first half. He caught all five of his catchable targets for 113 receiving yards. In addition, he completed a 38-yard pass and had multiple successful runs.

Left tackle Garrett Bolles had a solid game against the Vikings. Bolles did well in pass protection, as he held his ground against Minnesota's star edge defenders. He made some key blocks in the run game, as well.

Linebacker Alexander Johnson continued his impressive season against the Vikings. Johnson was all over the field and while he did not make plays in pass coverage, he made up for it in defending the run as he wreaked havoc against Minnesota's run game.

Like Johnson, interior defensive lineman Shelby Harris was a force against the run. Harris kept beating blocks at the line of scrimmage in the run game and recorded a sack, to boot.

Cris Collinsworth

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