Vikings’ Kirk Cousins connects with Justin Jefferson on first-quarter touchdown pass

  • national NFL writer
  • NFC North reporter, 2008-2013
  • Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008

LANDOVER, Md. — Entering Sunday, Minnesota Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson hadn’t caught a touchdown pass since Week 1.

He took care of that early in the Vikings’ game Sunday at FedEx Field. Jefferson soared high over Washington Commanders safety Darrick Forrest to haul in a 9-yard pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins, giving the Vikings an early 7-0 lead. It was his fourth catch of the Vikings’ opening possession.

Jefferson’s previous two touchdown receptions both came in the season opener against the Green Bay Packers. He also scored on a running play in a Week 4 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

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