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NFL Week 9 Game Recap: Minnesota Vikings 20, Washington Commanders 17

Landover, Maryland, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) celebrates with Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) after connecting on a touchdown pass against the Washington Commandersduring the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings pulled off a successful comeback to beat the Washington Commanders, 20-17, on the road in Week 9.

Offensive spotlight: Wide receiver Justin Jefferson ended up with a big day overall. He caught seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown, as well as tallied 10 rushing yards. He also failed to come up with several important contested catches, including two in the end zone, that would have made the win much more comfortable.

Defensive spotlight: Jonathan Allen was a constant problem for the Vikings' offensive line. Washington did a good job working as a unit up front and ensuring a lot of one-on-one plays. Allen had a 19.4% pass-rush win rate overall.

Rookie spotlight: Despite Washington seeming to target him with Daron Payne, Vikings rookie guard Ed Ingram held up remarkably well. His run blocking was good, and he allowed pressure just 2.6% of the time.

Offensive line spotlight: Kirk Cousins seemed to be under attack for much of the game, but the majority of the offensive line was solid. Ezra Cleveland was exposed badly at one guard spot, and the blitz caused problems for the Vikings' backs and newly acquired tight end T.J. Hockenson.

Box Score

Passing
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Kirk Cousins 17.4 22 / 40 265 6.6 2 1
Nick Mullens -0.12 1 / 1 -3 -3 0 0
Washington Commanders
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Taylor Heinicke 14.66 15 / 28 149 5.3 2 1
Rushing
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Justin Jefferson 28.5 1 10 10 0 10
Kirk Cousins 17.4 2 -2 -1 0 2
Dalvin Cook 13.6 17 47 2.8 0 9
Alexander Mattison 1.1 2 1 0.5 0 2
Washington Commanders
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Curtis Samuel 17.1 1 16 16 0 16
Taylor Heinicke 14.66 4 17 4.2 0 9
Antonio Gibson 6.7 11 36 3.3 0 9
Brian Robinson 5.8 13 44 3.4 0 6
Armani Rogers 2.4 1 24 24 0 24
Receiving
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Justin Jefferson 28.5 13 7 115 8.8 1
T.J. Hockenson 16 9 9 70 7.8 0
Dalvin Cook 13.6 6 2 9 1.5 1
Adam Thielen 9.7 7 3 67 9.6 0
Johnny Mundt 1.1 1 1 1 1 0
Alexander Mattison 1.1 1 1 0 0 0
K.J. Osborn 0 2 0 0 0 0
Washington Commanders
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Curtis Samuel 17.1 4 3 65 16.2 1
Terry McLaurin 10.6 9 5 56 6.2 0
Dax Milne 7.6 1 1 6 6 1
Antonio Gibson 6.7 3 2 11 3.7 0
Brian Robinson 5.8 2 2 -6 -3 0
Cam Sims 2.2 1 1 12 12 0
John Bates 1.5 2 1 5 2.5 0
Logan Thomas 0 3 0 0 0 0
Dyami Brown 0 1 0 0 0 0

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