The Kirk Cousins who dominated on the road in places like Green Bay, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, showcasing the highest level of his individual game in pressure situations, cooled off quickly upon leading the Vikings down the field on the game's opening drive when he hit Adam Thielen for a 34-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
With an opportunity to win their third straight game, and achieve their best record this late in a year for the first time in three seasons, the Jets fell back below.500, with an abysmal offensive display Sunday, losing 37-17 to the Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell combined for 49 rushing yards. He's since been sidelined for each of their past two games.
On a chilly day, with the wind blowing 16 miles per hour at kickoff, Cousins completed 25 of 41 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns. Murray's second score gave the Vikings a safe 27-10 lead.
Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold had a lot more problems with the wind than Cousins did.
The Jets defense could only do so much, though. On the Vikings' (4-2-1) first possession of the second half, Cousins marched Minnesota down the field, setting up Murray for a almost untouched 11-yard touchdown run, giving the Vikings a 17-7 lead.
Darnold's first interception was grabbed by Harrison Smith midway through the third quarter and returned 52 yards to the Jets 9, setting up a 22-yard field goal by Dan Bailey for a 20-7 lead. He scored on runs of 11 yards in the third quarter and 38 yards in the fourth.
Cousins emptied the seats with a 34-yard, fourth-down, touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson, with 5:16 remaining.