The injury ravaged Minnesota Vikings picked up their fourth win of the season with a 48-30 plucking of the Philadelphia Eagles. For the first time this season, the Vikings found balance on offense with a solid passing attack led by Matt Cassel, and a three touchdown rushing game by third string back Matt Asiata.
"Alright, how about those Vikings," head coach Leslie Frazier said. "Terrific job by our players, great win against a good opponent. We had so many guys step up in the absence of some of our starters it just makes you proud of every one of our players. We completed a game and didn't make it close at the end."
Cassel finished the game with 382 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air, giving the Vikings only the third game since 2010 that their quarterback has thrown for over 300 yards. Cassel found his favorite target Greg Jennings in the first quarter, connecting on a 57 yard touchdown to open up a 7-0 lead. Jennings put up a career high with 163 yards receiving on 11 catches in the win.
"That's why we brought Greg in here to have days like this," Cassel said. "He's a special player and does a great job of getting open and we just continue to work hard and it showed today. It makes my job easy, when he gets open and I put the ball in his hands and he makes plays."
The defense was able to intercept Eagles cornerback Nick Foles and also held the NFL's leading rusher LeSean McCoy to just 38 yards on the ground in the win, but watched as DeSean Jackson put up 195 yards and a score on 10 catches in the passing game.
The story of the game however was Asiata who carried 30 times for 51 yards but his 3 touchdowns tied a Vikings record and kept the Eagles at a comfortable distance. He scored his second touchdown after Philadelphia had cut the lead to five points late in the third quarter. His third put the exclamation mark on a day that no one saw coming.
"I miss him and I wish he was here, but I felt him today," Asiata said. "It means a lot to me. I just come in here and grind and don't say nothing and just take whatever the coaches and people ask me to do and I'm going to go do it."
With two games remaining, the Vikings (4-9-1) hit the road next week at Cincinnati before returning home for the final game at Mall of America Field on Sunday December 29th against Detroit.