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The Minnesota Vikings shifted their strategy this season [url=http://www.thechiefsclub.com/xavier-williams-jersey/]Xavier Williams Jersey[/url] , determined to re-establish a running game that could not only get them in the end zone more but dominate an opponent when they need it to.There's still plenty of space to turn Kirk Cousins loose, though, and the deep ball was on full display against Philadelphia."He made some great throws," coach Mike Zimmer said, "whether it was on the move or out of the pocket."Two weeks after Cousins struggled badly in defeat at Chicago, their hyper-scrutinized quarterback is in a groove after back-to-back 300-yard games. He threw for four touchdowns to beat the Eagles 38-20 on Sunday, including a pair of home runs to Stefon Diggs in the second quarter that each covered more than half of the field."Man, anytime you see that ball fly in the air like that and it comes down and it's six points for the home team, that's what it's all about, you know?" an appreciative linebacker Eric Kendricks said. "I always like seeing that. I mean, who doesn't? Every person whoever watches football likes watching that."Cousins went 22 for 29 and took one sack. One-third of those passing plays called by offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski included a run fake by Cousins, and half of those had Cousins rolling out on a bootleg away from the run-blocking. The play action has long been a strength for Cousins, and that showed against the Eagles."It was an aggressive, creative game plan, and credit Kevin for the way he just kind of kept it unpredictable [url=http://www.thechiefsclub.com/patrick-mahomes-jersey/]Patrick Mahomes Jersey[/url] ," Cousins said.After taking his share of heat last month for those performances against NFC North rivals Green Bay and Chicago, Cousins has so far delivered."He's a guy we trust every week. He's going to give us his all, and he's going to keep getting better," wide receiver Adam Thielen said. "He's going to prove that he's a top quarterback in this league and that he can play at a high level."Here's a closer look at the Vikings at the six-game mark:WHAT'S WORKINGThe pass protection was a significant problem for Cousins in the game on Sept. 29 against the Bears, leading to a lost fumble among six sacks and causing him to settle for short, safe throws at the expense of some opportunities to throw to openings Diggs and Adam Thielen had further up and down the field.Over the past two games against the Giants and Eagles, though, Cousins has completed 44 of 56 passes and averaged 11.4 yards per attempt. The NFL leader for the season is Patrick Mahomes with 9.1, and Cousins is third.WHAT NEEDS HELPWhile the outside coverage by cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes was strong and the Vikings kept Eagles tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert quiet, but running back Miles Sanders caught three passes for 86 yards out of the backfield. Zimmer said he made the wrong call on one of those plays.STOCK UPAfter minimal involvement in the offense over the first four games and then causing a stir with an unexcused absence from practice and cryptic comments about his desire to remain with the team, Diggs is suddenly on pace for an 1,100-yard season."When you get that guy going, watch out," Thielen said. "We know that we have to get him the ball, because he's a special player and one of the best in the game. We are blessed to have him on our side."STOCK DOWNAfter two strong games [url=http://www.thechiefsclub.com/mitch-morse-jersey/]Mitch Morse Jersey[/url] , singling out an individual player for substandard performance is quite a stretch. Punter Britton Colquitt had one 35-yarder in the third quarter on Sunday that gave the Eagles the ball at their 45 before kicking a field goal to pull within 24-20.INJUREDThe offensive line held up especially well against an accomplished front seven for the Eagles, particularly considering right guard Josh Kline was held out with a foot injury and left tackle Riley Reiff hurt his ankle and didn't play in the second half. Dakota Dozier and Rashod Hill capably filled in.On defense, cornerback Mackensie Alexander returned from his third absence in four games with an interception, a half-sack, and a quarterback hit. Linebacker Ben Gedeon was held out with a concussion.KEY NUMBER46 — Career sacks for Danielle Hunter, who set the record for the most sacks in NFL history for a player under age 25. Hunter, who has two more games before his 25th birthday, is tied for fourth in the league this season with six sacks.NEXT STEPSAfter losing their first two intradivision road games, the Vikings will visit Detroit on Sunday. With a home game against struggling Washington following four days after that, they have a prime opportunity to extend their momentum and keep pace in a strong NFC North. Cousins passed for 253 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover in a win on the road over the Lions last year. CLEVELAND (AP) — With almost every flick of his right wrist, the legend of Patrick Mahomes grows.And he’s just beginning.Only 10 games into his NFL career, Kansas City’s young quarterback is doing things that have never been done before.Article continues below ...Mahomes passed for 375 yards, threw three touchdown passes — two to Cleveland native Travis Kelce — and continued the best start by a QB in 68 years as Kansas City’s impossible-to-handle offense kept rolling with a 37-21 win on Sunday over the Cleveland Browns, who played their first game since coach Hue Jackson’s firing.Kareem Hunt, who also has Cleveland connections [url=http://www.thechiefsclub.com/chris-jones-jersey/]Chris Jones Jersey[/url] , had two scoring runs and one receiving for the Chiefs (8-1), who came in averaging 36.3 points with an offense overloaded with weapons for Mahomes.The 23-year-old used all of them in winning his first pro matchup against Baker Mayfield and the Browns (2-6-1).“It’s a lot of fun,” said Mahomes, who was hurt by a couple drops. “It makes my job a lot easier knowing that I can trust these guys are going to be in the right spot. They’re taking care of their business. They’re running the routes and making route adjustments on the fly just because they’ve looked at the film and know how to do those things.”Mahomes and Mayfield didn’t match their epic college meeting in 2016, when they combined for more than 1,700 yards in offense. But the Chiefs put on another impressive offensive show with 499 total yards, averaging 8.6 per snap.Browns defensive end Myles Garrett said preparing for Mahomes and Kansas City’s air-and-ground show is nothing like playing against it.“Their offense has a nice tempo and he gets the ball out of his hand pretty quick, so it’s hard to stop,” he said. “He spreads the ball around really well and everybody is getting touches. You don’t know who it’s going to go to next.”In his second season, Mahomes, who made just one start as a rookie, already has 29 TD passes and 3,185 yards, the most by any QB through 10 games since 1950. He has passed for at least 300 yards in eight straight games.“It’s a weird deal — he just goes out there and plays,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “He works hard. He loves doing it. He just goes about his business the way that you’re supposed to do it.”Cleveland lost its fourth straight [url=http://www.thechiefsclub.com/steven-nelson-jersey/]Steven Nelson Jersey[/url] , but it looked better under interim coach Gregg Williams than it did with Jackson, fired on Monday after going 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons.Mayfield threw two TD passes to Duke Johnson and finished 29 of 42 for 297 yards with one interception.The Browns came in facing a monumental task in trying to slow Mahomes and an offense with speed, depth and no noticeable weaknesses.Things got much tougher for Cleveland when starting cornerback Damarious Randall (groin) was scratched and E.J. Gaines (concussion) and rookie Denzel Ward (hip) both got hurt in the first half.Kansas City scored a touchdown on its first three possessions and the Chiefs only had the ball for 11:29 in the first half as the Browns were able to control the clock.The Chiefs picked up where they left off in the third quarter with Mahomes firing a 13-yard TD pass to Kelce, giving Kansas City a 28-15 lead.Kelce couldn’t stop smiling as he talked about his QB.“You mean Showtime Mahomes?” he said. “He came in with the understanding this thing could be very special. We added a few pieces to the puzzle and the offensive line is playing lights out. It’s a combination of everything that’s making him feel comfortable out there.”MAYFIELD HEAD SHOTMayfield was checked for a concussion and cleared after a questionable hit late in the third quarter.Mayfield was backpedaling and being wrapped up by Chris Jones when the rookie QB was struck in the helmet by Chiefs defensive back Ron Parker, who came in late but was not penalized. The NFL’s on-site medical spotter called down and Mayfield had to leave the game to be checked for a head injury.“I think the rule is if they see me messing with my helmet, they are going to take precaution,” Mayfield said. “When you get hit in the head, your helmet moves around so I am going to shift it so it fits correctly. It is just interesting how it works. I had to come out of the game and take the exam.”LUCKY STREAKThe Chiefs won the coin toss for the ninth consecutive week and elected to defer.HOMETOWN HEROA Cleveland native, Hunt bought more than 100 tickets for the game and had them given to the players and coaches at his high school alma mater.“It’s a dream come true that I’m able to do something like that,” said Hunt, who rushed for 91 yards. “It’s a stadium I used to drive by almost every day.”LINE SHIFTBrowns rookie left tackle Desmond Harrison sat out with an unspecified illness and was replaced by Greg Robinson, a former No. 2 overall pick who made his first start.UP NEXTChiefs: Host Arizona on Nov. 11Browns:Host Atlanta on Nov. 11.


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