Kirk Cousins and the Vikings and Mac Jones and the Patriots started strong on Thursday. Nov 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) warms up before the game against the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

The offenses weren’t exactly on display for either the Minnesota Vikings or New England Patriots in their Week 11 games — at least not in a good way. Minnesota was routed 40-3 by the Dallas Cowboys. And while New England defeated the New York Jets, it did so on the back of its defense and especially, its special teams. The offense was nonexistent.

Knowing that — and that Thursday games often bring out the worst in even the best offenses — it wasn’t unreasonable to expect the Week 12 game between the Patriots and Vikings on Thanksgiving to be a defensive struggle. In the early minutes, though, it was anything but.

Minnesota struck first on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Justin Jefferson.

New England quickly responded, with the official answer coming on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Mac Jones to Nelson Agholor.

And it’s worth mentioning that these offenses did not get short fields because of turnovers or long returns. The Vikings drove 80 yards in eight plays for their touchdown while the Patriots went 75 yards in six plays for theirs.

So, two offenses that scored a combined zero touchdowns on one day both had long scoring drives in their game against each other only four days later.

Naturally, this caught the attention of football fans.

The strong starts did not carry into either team’s second possessions, when both the Vikings and Patriots went three-and-out. On Minnesota’s third possession, Cousins was intercepted by Jonathan Jones.

And despite Jones returning the ball deep into Minnesota territory, New England could only move the ball one yard and had to settle for a field goal.

Time will tell if the offenses can get their mojo back or if those will simply be outliers.

About Michael Dixon

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