Rookie WR Jordan Addison stars in Vikings’ 22-17 upset win over 49ers
By Alec Lewis, Matt Barrows and David Lombardi
The Minnesota Vikings pulled out a 22-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in a primetime clash at U.S. Bank Stadium on Monday night. Here’s what you need to know:
- Jordan Addison sparked the Minnesota offense with two first-half touchdowns, the second of which came on a play where he wrestled the ball out of 49ers cornerback Charvarius Ward’s hands on a 60-yard score. He finished with 123 receiving yards despite missing part of the second half with cramps.
- Camryn Bynum picked off Brock Purdy twice with San Francisco trailing by five in the fourth quarter to help ice the game. The 49ers QB went 21-of-30 passing for 272 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions on the night, while Kirk Cousins threw for 378 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
- 49ers RB Christian McCaffrey, who was questionable to play with an oblique injury, accounted for 96 yards of offense and a touchdown. Monday marked his 16th straight game with a TD from scrimmage, an NFL record.
- The Vikings improve to 3-4 with the win and the 49ers fall to 5-2.
KC Joyner’s fantasy scoring takeaways from 49ers-Vikings
Here are my fantasy-scoring takeaways from tonight’s 49ers-Vikings game.
- Jordan Addison did a very good job of replicating Justin Jefferson’s fantasy numbers, as he racked up 31.4 PPR points on the strength of seven receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns. It’s a sign that Addison is moving from flex status to starting WR2 status.
- Addison’s step up allowed the Vikings to return to more of a pass-centric mode and that vaulted Kirk Cousins to his first 20+ point game since Week 3, as he ended up with 21.02 points.
- T.J. Hockenson returned to his workhorse pass-catching ways, as he caught 11 of 12 passes for 86 yards and generated 19.6 PPR points. The only concern is whether Hockenson suffered any type of foot injury, as he left the game earlier after having his foot rolled up.
- Alexander Mattison has shown that he is only a flex candidate in most weeks, so there shouldn’t be too much of a concern that he scored only 6.2 PPR points against a strong 49ers rush defense.
- Christian McCaffrey didn’t look slowed at all by the oblique injury, as he posted his fifth game with 20+ PPR points (22.6).
- George Kittle has been very inconsistent, but this was one of the boom weeks with 13.0 PPR points.
- Brock Purdy had made the jump to potential QB1 status after racking up three straight games with 20+ points, but he has barely scored 20 points over the past two games combined. With a tough Week 8 matchup against Cincinnati and a bye in Week 9, Purdy may be a sit candidate for the foreseeable future.
What you missed in the third quarter on Monday Night Football
- After forcing a 49ers punt to open the half, the Vikings drove all the way to the San Francisco 1-yard line but again were forced to settle for a field goal. Minnesota has two FGs tonight to show for two drives in which they ran a play inside the 49ers’ 5-yard line.
- The 49ers answered quickly with a three-play, 75-yard drive capped by a 35-yard Christian McCaffrey touchdown catch from Brock Purdy. Along with his rushing score in the first half, McCaffrey has posted his third multi-score game during the 16-game touchdown streak.
- Minnesota TE T.J. Hockenson and WR Jordan Addison both went down with apparent lower-leg injuries. Hockenson later returned by Addison headed to the locker room.
- The Vikings scored the final points of the half on a 54-yard field goal by Greg Joseph, his longest make of the season. Minnesota leads 22-14 heading to the fourth.
Vikings lead 22-14 to start the fourth quarter
Shortly after Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (six catches for 80 yards) went down with what appeared to be an ankle injury, rookie Jordan Addison (six catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns) also went down with a lower-leg injury following an incomplete pass (on which defensive back Charvarius Ward could have been called for another defensive pass interference). Hockenson returns to the game and catches another pass, but Addison heads for the locker room.
Greg Joseph hits his third field goal of the game — this one from 54 yards — and the Vikings lead 22-14 late in the third quarter.