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One game into the 2020 season, the Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings are eager to prove Week 1 losses were an aberration.

The Colts coughed up an early lead at Jacksonville and lost to the Jaguars, 27-20. The Vikings were easily handled by a division rival, too, in a 43-34 home defeat at the hands of the Green Bay Packers.

Minnesota travels to Lucas Oil Stadium to face the Colts on Sunday in Philip Rivers' first home game as Indy's quarterback. He's already down a starting backfield mate. Marlon Mack, playing in a contract year, tore his Achilles in Jacksonville, which elevated rookie Jonathan Taylor to a spotlight role earlier than expected.

Rivers found the silver lining in his debut with the Colts. Indianapolis generated 445 yards in total offense but Rivers threw two interceptions, overshadowing his 36-of-46 passing day with 363 yards and a touchdown. After taking in film sessions this week, Rivers couldn't temper his frustration.

"I'm still a little aggravated about last week," Rivers said on Wednesday.

The Vikings are preaching pass rush after Aaron Rodgers and the Packers lit up the secondary with relative ease in Week 1. Minus injured left end Danielle Hunter, the Vikings remain determined to get to the quarterback without sending extra pressure. Rodgers had four touchdown passes and threw for 364 yards. At least one other big play for a touchdown was avoided thanks to a drop by Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Mike Hughes and Holton Hill started at cornerback last week for the Vikings and were exposed without a significant pass rush. Rodgers attempted a Week 1-high 10 deep passes. They'll be targets again Sunday, but safety Harrison Smith said the Vikings are unbowed and unwilling to point fingers.

"Our young guys are going to be really good players, and they are good players," Smith said, crediting some of the breakdowns to jitters in the opener. "Playing in your first game against one of the best quarterbacks in the league, one of the best receivers in the league, good offense. We've definitely got to get better, but I like the guys we've got."

Rivers gave Jacksonville's young cornerbacks multiple chances to make plays last week, and the Jaguars came away with two picks.

Rivers has 13 interceptions in his past eight games, dating to the 2019 season with the Los Angeles Chargers. He said he's not thinking about turnovers.

"It is part of life in the NFL. You hope there's just not very many," Rivers said. "There's been more than I would have liked the past handful of years, but overall, it's not been an issue in my career."

The Vikings last faced Rivers in a regular-season game in 2015. They've never seen Taylor, who had six receptions for 67 yards and nine carries for 22 yards in Week 1.

In three seasons at Wisconsin, Taylor eclipsed 2,000 rushing yards twice and finished his Badgers career with 6,174 running yards and 50 touchdowns on the ground. The Colts selected him with the No. 41 overall pick in the draft in April.

Rivers said Taylor reminds him of former Chargers teammate Michael Turner, a LaDainian Tomlinson backup with the Chargers whose production exploded once he became a starter with the Atlanta Falcons.

"Similar in size and people forget how fast Michael Turner was, but he could really run -- same with Jonathan," Rivers said. "They are similar in that regard. That's who he reminds me of."

Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota offense will take aim at one of the Vikings' former cornerbacks, Xavier Rhodes. He's on the other side of the field Sunday. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he hopes Rhodes, released in the offseason by the Vikings, is staying safe and healthy.

"I love Xavier, he's a great kid, good competitor," Zimmer said. "We had a lot of good times together."

--Field Level Media

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Minnesota Vikings

Indianapolis Colts

Player Position Lineup
Anthony Barr primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Garrett Bradbury primary: Center Starter
Dalvin Cook primary: Halfback Starter
Kirk Cousins primary: Quarterback Starter
Anthony Harris primary: Free Safety Starter
Holton Hill primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Mike Hughes primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Bisi Johnson primary: Wide Receiver 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
Irv Smith Jr. primary: Tight End Starter
Harrison Smith primary: Strong Safety Starter
Shamar Stephen primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Adam Thielen primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Dakota Dozier primary: Left Guard Starter
Jeff Gladney primary: Cornerback Starter
Yannick Ngakoue primary: Right End Starter
Mike Boone primary: Runningback Substitution
Kris Boyd primary: Cornerback Substitution
Tyler Conklin primary: Tight End Substitution
Austin Cutting primary: Long Snapper Substitution
C.J. Ham primary: Runningback Substitution
Jalyn Holmes primary: Defensive End Substitution
Brett Jones primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Alexander Mattison primary: Runningback Substitution
Armon Watts primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Eric Wilson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Britton Colquitt primary: Punter Substitution
Dan Bailey primary: Kicker Substitution
Rashod Hill primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Tajae Sharpe primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ameer Abdullah primary: Runningback Substitution
Justin Jefferson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ezra Cleveland primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
D.J. Wonnum primary: Defensive End Substitution
Troy Dye primary: Linebacker Substitution
K.J. Osborn primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Josh Metellus primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Dan Chisena primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ryan Connelly primary: Linebacker Substitution
Chad Beebe primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Hercules Mata'afa primary: Defensive Tackle Did not play
Oli Udoh primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Eddie Yarbrough primary: Defensive End Not active
Mark Fields II primary: Defensive Back Did not play
Sean Mannion primary: Quarterback Did not play
Cameron Dantzler primary: Cornerback Not active
James Lynch primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Harrison Hand primary: Cornerback Not active
Player Position Lineup
Mo Alie-Cox primary: Tight End Starter
Denico Autry primary: Defensive End Starter
Parris Campbell primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Anthony Castonzo primary: Left Tackle Starter
Mark Glowinski primary: Right Guard Starter
T.Y. Hilton primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Malik Hooker primary: Free Safety Starter
Justin Houston primary: Defensive End Starter
Ryan Kelly primary: Center Starter
Darius Leonard primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Kenny Moore II primary: Cornerback Starter
Quenton Nelson primary: Left Guard Starter
Bobby Okereke primary: Strong Outside Linebacker Starter
Zach Pascal primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Braden Smith primary: Right Tackle Starter
Grover Stewart primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Anthony Walker primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Khari Willis primary: Strong Safety Starter
DeForest Buckner primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Philip Rivers primary: Quarterback Starter
Xavier Rhodes primary: Cornerback Starter
Jonathan Taylor primary: Runningback Starter
Matthew Adams primary: Linebacker Substitution
Ben Banogu primary: Defensive End Substitution
Ashton Dulin primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Daurice Fountain primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Zaire Franklin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Nyheim Hines primary: Runningback Substitution
Tyquan Lewis primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Al-Quadin Muhammad primary: Defensive End Substitution
George Odum primary: Safety Substitution
Luke Rhodes primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Rigoberto Sanchez primary: Punter Substitution
Jordan Wilkins primary: Runningback Substitution
Le'Raven Clark primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
T.J. Carrie primary: Cornerback Substitution
Michael Pittman Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Julian Blackmon primary: Safety Substitution
Danny Pinter primary: Guard Substitution
Isaiah Rodgers primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jordan Glasgow primary: Linebacker Substitution
Farrod Green primary: Tight End Substitution
Rodrigo Blankenship primary: Kicker Substitution
Taylor Stallworth primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Tavon Wilson primary: Safety Substitution
Noah Togiai primary: Tight End Substitution
Chaz Green primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jacoby Brissett primary: Quarterback Did not play
Jack Doyle primary: Tight End Not active
E.J. Speed primary: Linebacker Not active
Rock Ya-Sin primary: Defensive Back Not active
Jacob Eason primary: Quarterback Not active
Dezmon Patmon primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Eli Ankou primary: Defensive Tackle Not active

Minnesota Vikings

Indianapolis Colts

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 21 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 38 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 28 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Safety
    • Sack in end zone
    • Safety Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Safety Sacker: DeForest Buckner
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 5 Yards
    • Rusher: Jonathan Taylor
    • Conv Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • Period 3
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 38 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • Period 4
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 3 Yards
    • Conv Rusher: Dalvin Cook
    • Rusher: Dalvin Cook
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 44 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 2 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Zach Pascal
    • Passer: Philip Rivers
    • Conv Kicker: Rodrigo Blankenship
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • Dallas L 31 - 28
  • @Chicago W 19 - 13
  • Detroit W 20 - 34
  • @Green Bay W 28 - 22
  • Atlanta L 40 - 23
  • @Seattle L 26 - 27
  • @Houston W 31 - 23
  • Tennessee L 31 - 30
  • @Indianapolis L 11 - 28
  • Green Bay L 43 - 34
W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • Green Bay W 31 - 34
  • @Tennessee W 34 - 17
  • Baltimore L 24 - 10
  • @Detroit W 41 - 21
  • Cincinnati W 27 - 31
  • @Cleveland L 23 - 32
  • @Chicago W 19 - 11
  • N.Y. Jets W 7 - 36
  • Minnesota W 11 - 28
  • @Jacksonville L 20 - 27

Next Games

  • Carolina(11-30-14) W 13 - 31
  • Jacksonville(08-18-18) L 14 - 10
  • @Tampa Bay(10-26-14) W 19 - 13
  • Chicago(12-29-19) L 21 - 19
  • @New Orleans(01-05-20) W 26 - 20
  • Tennessee(12-01-19) L 31 - 17
  • @Houston(11-21-19) L 17 - 20
  • @Las Vegas(10-28-18) W 42 - 28
  • Houston(10-20-19) W 23 - 30
  • @Pittsburgh(11-03-19) L 24 - 26

Last Meetings

  • Vikings @ Colts 11-28
  • Colts @ Vikings 34-6
  • Vikings @ Colts 20-23
  • Vikings @ Colts 13-3
  • Colts @ Vikings 18-15

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Miami Dolphins64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
New England Patriots46 0.4003.00.00.0 3-21-44-0-6
New York Jets010 0.0007.00.00.0 0-50-50-0-10
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers100 01.0000.00.00.0 5-05-010-0-0
Cleveland Browns73 0.7003.00.00.0 5-12-27-0-3
Baltimore Ravens64 0.6004.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals27 1.2227.50.00.0 2-20-52-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Tennessee Titans73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-23-17-0-3
Houston Texans37 0.3004.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars19 0.1006.00.00.0 1-40-51-0-9
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs91 0.9000.00.00.0 4-15-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders64 0.6003.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Denver Broncos46 0.4005.00.00.0 2-32-34-0-6
Los Angeles Chargers37 0.3006.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Philadelphia Eagles36 1.3330.00.00.0 2-21-43-1-6
Washington Football Team37 0.3000.50.00.0 3-30-43-0-7
New York Giants37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Dallas Cowboys37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers73 0.7000.00.00.0 3-14-27-0-3
Chicago Bears55 0.5002.00.00.0 2-33-25-0-5
Detroit Lions46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-33-34-0-6
Minnesota Vikings46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints82 0.8000.00.00.0 5-13-18-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers74 0.6361.50.00.0 3-24-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers47 0.3644.50.00.0 2-42-34-0-6
Atlanta Falcons37 0.3005.00.00.0 1-42-33-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Los Angeles Rams73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-03-37-0-3
Seattle Seahawks73 0.7000.00.00.0 5-02-37-0-3
Arizona Cardinals64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
San Francisco 49ers46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6

Last Injuries

Indianapolis Colts

  • Khari Willis

    Ribs
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Willis has a rib injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be active Sunday versus the Titans.

  • Ashton Dulin

    Knee
    Ques Sun | I-R

    Dulin has been ticketed for the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recovering from a knee injury, and the team has three weeks to activate him.

  • Braden Smith

    Thumb
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smith missed the last game due to a thumb injury, and it is unclear if he will take the field against the Titans on Sunday.

  • Philip Rivers

    Toe
    Ques Sun | questionable

    River is dealing with a toe injury, and it is unknown if he will face the Titans on Sunday.

  • Isaiah Rodgers

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Rodgers was held out of the last game due to a knee injury, and it is uncertain if he will be in the lineup against the Titans on Sunday.

  • DeForest Buckner

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Buckner has been assigned to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unclear how much time he will need to recovery.

  • Denico Autry

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Autry is on the COVID-19 list, and it is uncertain how long he will take to pass protocol.

  • Jack Doyle

    Concussion
    Prob Sun | probable

    Doyle missed the previous game due to a concussion, but it is expected that he will take the field Sunday against the Packers.

Minnesota Vikings

  • Adam Thielen

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Thielen has been ticketed to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he will miss an extended period.

  • Ifeadi Odenigbo

    Concussion
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Odenigbo is battling a concussion and shoulder injury, and it has yet to be established if he will pass protocol prior to Sunday's battle with the Panthers.

  • Irv Smith Jr.

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smith Jr. is managing groin and back injuries, and it remains to be seen if he will suit up against the Panthers on Sunday.

  • Harrison Smith

    Neck
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smith is nursing a neck injury, leaving his status against the Panthers on Sunday clouded.

  • Jordan Brailford

    Personal
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Brailford has missed the past two games due to a personal matter, and it is unclear if he will be available for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

  • Ezra Cleveland

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Cleveland sat out the previous game with an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will face the Panthers on Sunday.

  • Garrett Bradbury

    Shoulder
    Prob Sun | probable

    Bradbury has a shoulder injury, but he is expected to line up against the Cowboys on Sunday.

  • Cameron Dantzler

    Concussion
    Prob Sun | probable

    Dantzler has sat out the last two games with a concussion, but he is projected to suit up Sunday versus the Cowboys.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Indianapolis Colts

Jonathan Taylor rushed for 101 yards and one touchdown and the Indianapolis Colts intercepted Kirk Cousins three times en route to an easy 28-11 victory over the visiting Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Philip Rivers completed 19 of 25 passes for 214 yards, one touchdown and one interception for Indianapolis (1-1). The touchdown throw was the 399th of Rivers career and he is one shy of becoming the sixth player in NFL history to reach at least 400 scoring passes.

Zach Pascal had a touchdown reception, Mo Alie-Cox posted a career-best performance of five receptions for 111 yards and Rodrigo Blankenship kicked four field goals for the Colts. Khari Willis, T.J. Carrie and Kenny Moore II had the interceptions and DeForest Buckner recorded a safety.

Cousins was just 11-of-26 passing for 113 yards in addition to the interceptions for the Vikings (0-2). Dalvin Cook rushed for 63 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries but Minnesota totaled just 175 yards and 12 first downs.

Indianapolis had 354 yards, 24 first downs and controlled the ball for 38 minutes, 25 seconds.

Approximately 2,500 fans attended the contest at Lucas Oil Stadium in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The Colts decided on the figure after dissecting NFL and Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

Minnesota received a 21-yard field goal from Dan Bailey after moving 75 yards on 13 plays on the opening drive and then repeatedly sputtered on offense.

Indianapolis controlled possession for the remainder of the contest with short passes and runs by Taylor, who carried 26 times and became the first Colts rookie to top 100 rushing yards in a game since Vick Ballard had 105 against the Houston Texans on Dec. 16, 2012.

The Colts moved ahead to stay on Taylor's 5-yard run with 11:45 left in the second quarter. The defense got in the act for the team's next two points as Denico Autry pressured Cousins in the end zone and Buckner finished him off for the sack and safety to make it 9-3 with 4:54 remaining in the half.

Blankenship booted field goals of 28 and 38 yards later in the half to give Indianapolis a 15-3 advantage. He added a 38-yard field goal with 9:27 left in the third quarter to increase his team's lead to 15.

The Vikings had just 17 yards in the third quarter, and Cousins was 0-for-3 passing with an interception in the stanza.

The Colts remained in control in the final period as Rivers tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Pascal and Blankenship kicked a 44-yard field goal to make it 28-3.

Cook scored on a 3-yard run and added a two-point conversion run with 5:20 left as the Vikings trimmed their deficit to 17.

--Field Level Media