MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Julio Jones returned from damage to catch two of Matt Ryan’s 4 landing passes, because the Atlanta Falcons beat the Minnesota Vikings 40-23 on Sunday for his or her first victory of the season — one week after the firing of head coach Dan Quinn.
Kirk Cousins threw three interceptions within the first half for the primary time in his profession, and the Falcons (1-5) turned these picks into 17 factors to construct a 20-Zero lead on the break that proved to be stable sufficient for even this falter-prone workforce.
The depleted Vikings (1-5) surrendered 40-plus factors for the second time this 12 months after going 5 straight seasons with none such video games. After one other damage left them with solely rookies accessible at cornerback for greater than half of the sport, Ryan accomplished 30 of 40 passes for 371 yards to rebound from a three-week stretch throughout which he solely discovered the top zone as soon as.
Jones, who missed all however one half of the earlier three video games with hamstring hassle, had eight receptions for 137 yards. Calvin Ridley and Hayden Harm every chipped in a landing catch, Younghoe Koo kicked 4 area objectives, and the Falcons rewarded interim coach Raheem Morris with a win in his debut after Quinn and common supervisor Thomas Dimitroff have been dismissed lower than 4 years after the notorious blown 28-Three lead within the Tremendous Bowl.
The Falcons held a 15-point lead over Dallas and a 16-point benefit on Chicago earlier this season, each instances previous the midpoint of the fourth quarter, and misplaced each.
With a recent begin, the Falcons had little to lose and performed prefer it from the opening kickoff with an apparent vitality embodying the upbeat Morris. Linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich was promoted to fill Morris’ defensive coordinator position, and the technique was excellent for a gaggle that entered the sport within the backside 5 within the league in a lot of the main statistical classes.
Deion Jones picked off a harmful into-a-crowd go by Cousins for Justin Jefferson on Minnesota’s first play from scrimmage. A.J. Terrell, who returned from a two-week absence on the COVID-19 reserve listing, snagged his first profession interception, additionally supposed for Jefferson. Foyesade Oluokun obtained one too in Atlanta’s first first-half shutout in 12 video games since Nov. 17, 2019, in opposition to Carolina.
Cousins grew to become the primary Minnesota quarterback with three first-half interceptions since Daunte Culpepper on Dec. 1, 2002, additionally in opposition to Atlanta. With the NFL’s main rusher, Dalvin Cook dinner, out with a groin damage, the Vikings netted solely 32 speeding yards after racking up 201 speeding yards in a 27-26 loss at Seattle the week earlier than. Trailing 10-Zero early within the second quarter, Mike Boone was stopped on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
Jefferson had 9 receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Cousins hit Adam Thielen for a fourth-quarter rating, too, and completed 24 for 36 for 343 yards in meaningless catch-up mode.
Falcons: DE Takk McKinley (groin) was sidelined for the third time in 4 video games. He performed solely 5 snaps final week.
Vikings: CB Mike Hughes (neck) departed within the second quarter with the damage that stored him out of two latest video games, leaving the Vikings with solely three accessible gamers at CB: rookie starters Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler and backup Harrison Hand. CB Holton Hill (foot) was inactive for the second straight recreation.
Falcons: Host Detroit on Oct. 25.
Vikings: Go to Inexperienced Bay on Nov. 1, after their bye week.
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