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Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings Pick & Prediction SEP 27TH 2020

FinishedTV: CBSU.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis

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The Minnesota Vikings are 0-2 to begin the season for the first time since 2013.

 

Quarterback Kirk Cousins believes he has a pulse on the way to spark a turnaround when the Vikings welcome the 2-0 Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

 

"The urgency is there every week, but what we certainly need to improve on in addition to just having urgency is to have production," Cousins said. "That's where my focus is. The urgency is there, but we need the production to go with it."

 

Cousins admitted he needs to improve. Minnesota lost its season opener 43-34 to Green Bay, falling behind with Cousins playing a bit part in the first half, and dropped its Week 2 game at Indianapolis 28-11.

 

A Pro Bowler in 2019 after throwing for 3,603 yards with 26 touchdowns, six interceptions and a career-best 107.4 passer rating, Cousins has struggled to begin 2020. His passer rating was 0.0 late in the third quarter at Indianapolis, but Cousins ultimately raised it -- to a sparse 15.9 -- after finishing 11-of-26 for 113 yards and three interceptions.

 

To keep heat off of Cousins, the Vikings are looking to establish the ground game and take a page out of the Titans' book with multiple tight ends plowing on an eight-man line on occasion. Dalvin Cook brings big-play flair but cutback lanes have been clogged as defenses dare the Vikings to push the ball downfield.

 

Cousins has been sacked in the end zone for a safety in consecutive games. According to Pro Football Reference, Minnesota has allowed safeties in back-to-back games only one other time in franchise history, in December 2007.

 

Now comes a quick Tennessee front seven that includes defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, a late addition to the team who is looking to make his mark with the Titans.

 

"Clowney, they move [him] around quite a bit," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "Sometimes he's on the right, sometimes he's on the left, sometimes he lines up over the center. So, they move him around. Identification will be big for us."

 

Tennessee is 2-0 for the first time since 2008 and rolling behind efficient quarterback play from Ryan Tannehill as well as clutch heroics from placekicker Stephen Gostkowski, who has hit game-winning field goals against Denver and Jacksonville. Gostkowski has all but erased memories of his four missed field goals at Denver.

 

"We're 2-0 and you would think in this locker room that we're 0-2 with the way we're focused, which I think is different than I've seen in past years," Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan said. "Guys are definitely like, 'We know how much better we can be.'"

 

Tannehill completed 18-of-24 passes for 239 yards in a 33-30 home win against Jacksonville. He had four touchdowns and zero interceptions. It marked the third time Tannehill had four touchdown passes in a game in his career and first since Oct. 25, 2015, when he led the Miami Dolphins past the Houston Texans.

 

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said the run game has experienced too many plays halted at or behind the line of scrimmage, but running back Derrick Henry remains second in the league with 200 rush yards.

 

Tennessee cornerback Johnathan Joseph suffered a calf injury in the second half Sunday and did not return, but was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. Cornerbacks Malcolm Butler (quad) and Chris Jackson (hamstring) didn't practice, and neither did receiver A.J. Brown (knee).

 

Four-time Minnesota Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr was placed on injured reserve Monday with a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the rest of the season. Barr sustained the injury in the first half at Indianapolis and didn't return.

 

"AB is a beast," Vikings linebacker Eric Wilson said. "He's very good at a lot of things. ... He calls the plays for our defense, so we've got to make adjustments there."

 

Cornerbacks Cameron Dantzler (rib) and Mike Hughes (neck) missed Wednesday's practice for Minnesota, as did running back Mike Boone (concussion) and linebacker Troy Dye (ankle). Offensive tackle Riley Reiff was limited with an ankle injury.

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Tennessee Titans

Minnesota Vikings

Player Position Lineup
Cameron Batson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jayon Brown primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Malcolm Butler primary: Cornerback Starter
Kevin Byard primary: Free Safety Starter
Corey Davis primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Nate Davis primary: Right Guard Starter
Rashaan Evans primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Derrick Henry primary: Runningback Starter
Adam Humphries primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ben Jones primary: Center Starter
DaQuan Jones primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Dennis Kelly primary: Right Tackle Starter
Harold Landry III primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Taylor Lewan primary: Left Tackle Starter
Rodger Saffold III primary: Left Guard Starter
Jeffery Simmons primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jonnu Smith primary: Tight End Starter
Ryan Tannehill primary: Quarterback Starter
Kenny Vaccaro primary: Strong Safety Starter
Jack Crawford primary: Defensive End Starter
Johnathan Joseph primary: Cornerback Starter
Jadeveon Clowney primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Khari Blasingame primary: Runningback Substitution
Beau Brinkley primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jamil Douglas primary: Guard Substitution
Anthony Firkser primary: Tight End Substitution
Amani Hooker primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Joshua Kalu primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Brett Kern primary: Punter Substitution
David Long Jr. primary: Linebacker Substitution
Isaiah Mack primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Kalif Raymond primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Daniel Munyer primary: Center Substitution
MyCole Pruitt primary: Tight End Substitution
Kamalei Correa primary: Linebacker Substitution
Ty Sambrailo primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Nick Dzubnar primary: Linebacker Substitution
Vic Beasley Jr. primary: Defensive End Substitution
Kristian Fulton primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Darrynton Evans primary: Runningback Substitution
Larrell Murchison primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jeremy McNichols primary: Runningback Substitution
Will Compton primary: Linebacker Substitution
Stephen Gostkowski primary: Kicker Substitution
Tye Smith primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Chris Milton primary: Cornerback Substitution
A.J. Brown primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Matt Dickerson primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Derick Roberson primary: Defensive End Not active
Logan Woodside primary: Quarterback Did not play
Chris Jackson primary: Defensive Back Not active
Aaron Brewer primary: Center Not active
Geoff Swaim primary: Tight End Not active
Player PositionLineup
Kris Boyd primary: Cornerback Starter
Garrett Bradbury primary: Center Starter
Dalvin Cook primary: Halfback Starter
Kirk Cousins primary: Quarterback Starter
C.J. Ham primary: Fullback Starter
Anthony Harris primary: Free Safety Starter
Holton Hill primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Jaleel Johnson primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Eric Kendricks primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Brian O'Neill primary: Right Tackle Starter
Ifeadi Odenigbo primary: Left End Starter
Riley Reiff primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kyle Rudolph primary: Tight End Starter
Dru Samia primary: Right Guard Starter
Harrison Smith primary: Strong Safety Starter
Shamar Stephen primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Adam Thielen primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Eric Wilson primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Dakota Dozier primary: Left Guard Starter
Justin Jefferson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jeff Gladney primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Yannick Ngakoue primary: Right End Starter
Chad Beebe primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Mike Boone primary: Runningback Substitution
Tyler Conklin primary: Tight End Substitution
Austin Cutting primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jalyn Holmes primary: Defensive End Substitution
Bisi Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Brett Jones primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Hercules Mata'afa primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Alexander Mattison primary: Runningback Substitution
Irv Smith Jr. primary: Tight End Substitution
Armon Watts primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Britton Colquitt primary: Punter Substitution
Mark Fields II primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Dan Bailey primary: Kicker Substitution
Rashod Hill primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Ameer Abdullah primary: Runningback Substitution
Ezra Cleveland primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
D.J. Wonnum primary: Defensive End Substitution
Harrison Hand primary: Cornerback Substitution
Josh Metellus primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Dan Chisena primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ryan Connelly primary: Linebacker Substitution
Hardy Nickerson primary: Linebacker Substitution
George Iloka primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Todd Davis primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mike Hughes primary: Cornerback Not active
Oli Udoh primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Eddie Yarbrough primary: Defensive End Not active
Sean Mannion primary: Quarterback Did not play
Tajae Sharpe primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Cameron Dantzler primary: Cornerback Not active
James Lynch primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
K.J. Osborn primary: Wide Receiver Not active

Tennessee Titans

Minnesota Vikings

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 39 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
    • Rusher: Dalvin Cook
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 31 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 39 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski
  • Period 2
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 41 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 30 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 16 Yards
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Pass Receiver: Adam Thielen
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • Period 3
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Derrick Henry
    • Conv Passer: Ryan Tannehill
    • Conv Receiver: Jonnu Smith
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Derrick Henry
    • Conv Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 51 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 71 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
    • Pass Receiver: Justin Jefferson
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
  • Period 4
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 55 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 54 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Conv Receiver: Adam Thielen
    • Conv Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Pass Receiver: Kyle Rudolph
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • Baltimore L 20 - 13
  • @Houston W 41 - 38
  • @Green Bay L 14 - 40
  • Detroit W 25 - 46
  • @Jacksonville W 31 - 10
  • Cleveland L 41 - 35
  • @Indianapolis W 45 - 26
  • @Baltimore W 30 - 24
  • Indianapolis L 34 - 17
  • Chicago W 17 - 24
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Detroit W 37 - 35
  • @New Orleans L 33 - 52
  • Chicago L 33 - 27
  • @Tampa Bay L 14 - 26
  • Jacksonville W 24 - 27
  • Carolina W 27 - 28
  • Dallas L 31 - 28
  • @Chicago W 19 - 13
  • Detroit W 20 - 34
  • @Green Bay W 28 - 22

Last Meetings

  • Titans @ Vikings 31-30
  • Vikings @ Titans 13-3
  • Vikings @ Titans 25-16
  • Vikings @ Titans 17-24
  • Vikings @ Titans 19-3
  • Titans @ Vikings 23-24
  • Titans @ Vikings 7-30
  • Vikings @ Titans 3-14
  • Vikings @ Titans 17-30

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings

Stephen Gostkowski drilled a career-best six field goals -- including a game-winning 55-yarder with 1:48 left -- and Derrick Henry ran for 119 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season as the Tennessee Titans remained unbeaten with a 31-30 victory against the winless Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Gostkowski kicked field goals of 39, 31, 30, 51, 54 and 55 yards without a miss, and has hit game-winners in each of the first three weeks for the 3-0 Titans.

Kirk Cousins passed for 251 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, Dalvin Cook rushed for a career-high 181 yards and a touchdown and rookie Justin Jefferson had seven receptions for 175 yards and a score to keep Minnesota (0-3) close.

The Titans franchise has started 3-0 on three previous instances since the playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990, qualifying for the postseason each time. In the same span, Minnesota has missed the playoffs in each of the three previous seasons it started 0-3.

Ryan Tannehill completed 23 of 37 passes for 321 yards and an interception for Tennessee. Kalif Raymond had three receptions for 118 yards.

After falling behind 6-0 with 6:01 remaining in the first quarter, Minnesota scored 24 of the next 30 points, capping the run on a 71-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Jefferson with 8:04 to go in the third quarter to take a 24-12 lead.

Tennessee responded with a pair of 1-yard Henry scoring runs over a three-minute span to take a 25-24 lead into the fourth quarter.

Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan left the game late in the first quarter with a shoulder injury and didn't return. Lewan appeared to make contact with two Vikings defenders in a pile on a running play. Titans medical personnel tended to his neck and shoulder. He was taken to the locker room by cart at the start of the second quarter and replaced by Ty Sambrailo.

Dan Bailey kicked a 41-yard field goal with 1:45 remaining in the second quarter as the Vikings took a 17-9 lead into the halftime. He missed wide right from 49 yards in the third quarter, snapping a streak of 25 consecutive makes.

--Field Level Media