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Cousins, Murray lift Vikings past Darnold, Jets 37-17

Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes, Latavius Murray ran for two scores, and the Minnesota Vikings pulled away in the second half to beat the New York Jets 37-17 on Sunday for their third straight victory.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

It's back to reality for the Jets, who were outplayed in all three phases. Sam Darnold played his worst game, his receivers (the ones not injured), played a terrible game and the offensive line couldn't block. The Jets might have to consider a deadline deal for a receiver.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The pre-game hype centered on the two quarterbacks, the one the Jets could've had (Kirk Cousins) and the one they ended up drafting (Sam Darnold). So far, neither one has played well, as the game has been dominated by defense. The Jets and Vikings are a combined 0-for-14 on third down, as the Vikings lead at halftime, 10-7. This is the kind of game, in windy conditions, that will be decided by a turnover. Who will make the big play?

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets RB Bilal Powell has been ruled out with a neck injury. This is trouble for the Jets because RB Isaiah Crowell entered the game with a nagging foot injury. Their third stringer is rookie Trent Cannon. Also ruled out: FS Doug Middleton (shoulder). He was starting in place of Marcus Maye (thumb).

Darnold finds Herndon for Jets' first points of the day (0:21)

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie QB Sam Darnold hasn't been affected by the unfamiliar elements. In chilly and blustery conditions, he was 6-for-9, 87 yards and one TD pass in the first quarter. It has been a pass-heavy attack, which is a bit surprising, but they just ripped off an 86-yard TD drive. So who are we to criticize?

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

The biggest needs at this point for Station Casinos' sportsbooks in Nevada: Jets, Bears and Bengals.

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

Biggest needs at this point for the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas: Bears, Jets and Bengals.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets' inactive players are WR Quincy Enunwa, DL Folorunso Fatukasi, CB Derrick Jones, CB Trumaine Johnson, S Marcus Maye, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis and CB Buster Skrine. Analysis: No surprises. RB Isaiah Crowell (foot) is active. The Jets had five players down with injuries, so this was fairly cut and dried. LB Tarell Basham is active for the first time.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets QBs Josh McCown and Sam Darnold report for work at MetLife Stadium. A new challenge for Darnold: Weather conditions: It'll be about 48 degrees and windy at kickoff. At USC, Darnold played in only one game below 50 degrees — a road game at Utah.

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings-Jets had attracted the most-lopsided betting action heading into Sunday morning at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, where 92 percent of the bets and 94 percent of the money that had been wagered on the game was on favored Minnesota.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Predicting the Jets' inactive players for tomorrow against the Vikings: WR Quincy Enunwa, CB Trumaine Johnson, S Marcus Maye, CB Buster Skrine, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, DL Folorunso Fatukasi and CB Derrick Jones. Analysis: After the Terrelle Pryor move, the Jets have only 48 players healthy enough to play, so there aren't many tough decisions here. RB Isaiah Crowell (ankle) is a game-time decision, but he's expected to play.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

To replace WR Terrelle Pryor, who was released, the Jets promoted rookie WR Deontay Burnett from the practice squad. This will give them five receivers for tomorrow against the Vikings. Burnett is a former USC teammate of QB Sam Darnold. Their most memorable game was the 2017 Rose Bowl, when he caught 13 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns against Penn State — the game that vaulted Darnold into national prominence.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets could try to re-sign WR Terrelle Pryor in a couple of weeks, when his groin injury should be healed, but there's no guarantee they'll get him back. I spoke to Pryor on Thursday, and he didn't seem happy with his playing time. "Throw me the ball and I'll make it happen," he said. A team doesn't cut a $4.5 million receiver over a two-week injury unless it's willing to live without him. Clearly, the Jets are OK with the prospect of losing him. He's been a contributor when on the field, but he has battled injuries since he signed — a source of frustration for the organization. He's also a high-maintenance player, but this is more about the injury than his attitude.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Could Sam Darnold be affected by the weather on Sunday? The forecast says the temperature at kickoff will be a blustery 47 degrees in New Jersey. Darnold's coldest game was his first start at USC, a night game at Utah in 2016 — 45 degrees. (He played well, the team lost.) That was his only game under 50 degrees. The average temperature for his college starts: 71 degrees. Darnold was bundled up on Thursday, when the Jets practiced in chilly conditions. Look for the same against the Vikings.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Nice ovation for Sam Darnold at the Barclays Center, where he is sitting courtside for Friday's Knicks-Nets game.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets final injury report: They're optimistic that Isaiah Crowell will play. Same injury as last week, same amount of practice time. Trumaine Johnson, Terrelle Pryor and Kevin Pierre-Louis are not expected to play. The Vikings already have ruled out four starters.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Buster Skrine, nearly two weeks removed from his fourth concussion since 2015, hasn't been spending a lot of time around the facility. He attends the morning team meeting, then goes home. Some days, he stays around a little longer. Coach Todd Bowles said he doesn't think it's a season-ending concussion. He added, "As long as he's out, it's concerning until we get the OK. We've had several guys that have had some, but anytime a guy has a certain number of concussions, you need to pay more attention to it."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets injury report: Robby Anderson and Leonard Williams returned to practice. It doesn't look good for Terrelle Pryor. If Isaiah Crowell can practice Friday, he should be good to go. Trumaine Johnson and Buster Skrine are not expected to play.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File
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Rodgers: 'Touching' to see Jets players' support

New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers walked into the interview room Thursday, stepped behind the podium and flashed a big smile. "Did y'all miss me?" he asked.

Team Stats

Passing Yards210.227th
Rushing Yards130.37th
Points For27.511th
Points Against23.213th

2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(3)Sam DarnoldQBUSC
3(8)Nathan ShepherdDTFort Hays State
4(7)Chris HerndonTEMiami (FL)
6(5)Parry NickersonCBTulane
6(6)Folorunso FatukasiDTConnecticut
6(30)Trenton CannonRBVirginia State