Minneapolis, MN (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans went up to Minnesota to try and knock off one of the only three undefeated teams left in the NFL. The Vikings showed why they were 4-0 coming into the game and dominated the Texans on the way to a 31-13 victory over the Texans.
The Vikings started off hot, even without their top wide receiver, and saw Andrew Thielen fill the gap nicely for the injured Stephan Diggs nicely catching seven passes for 127-yards and a touchdown. That touchdown came on the first drive for the Vikings a 36-yard catch from Sam Bradford put the Vikings up 7-0.
The Texans offense was stagnant all day in the new TB Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, they started the game not being able to gain a first down until their fifth drive of the game, and that came on a pass interference call against the Vikings. Before that first down the Texans gave up another touchdown to the Vikings on a Matt Asiata run and then a Marcus Sherels punt return touchdown gave the Vikings a 24-0 lead in the second quarter.
The Texans would add two field goals before halftime cutting the Minnesota lead to 18 points at 24-6. The Texans received the ball to start the second half with a chance to get back into the game but would start the half with another three-and-out.
Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler struggled throughout the day being pressured relentlessly by the Vikings defense. Osweiler was hit 13 times and sacked five times by Minnesota, leading to a sub-par passing day going 19-42 for 182 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
The Osweiler touchdown came late in the fourth quarter when he found DeAndre Hopkins open in the end zone for a 2 yard catch. Hopkins was held without a catch until the 3rd quarter, but ended up with five catches for 54-yards and the touchdown. Rookie wide receiver Will Fuller caught only one pass for four yards but was targeted six times.
The loss drops the Houston Texans to 3-2 on the season, and they lead the AFC South. The Vikings improve to 5-0 on the year leading the NFC North.
The Texans come home to host division rival Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night.