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EAGAN http://www.thevikingslockerroom.com/auth...ian-jersey , Minn. — The NBC camera on Minnesota’s pregame huddle in Chicago captured Kirk Cousins delivering the customary pep talk to his teammates, a full-throated reminder by the quarterback that the Vikings reached the NFC championship game last season, not the Bears.More Vikings coveragePhotos of the Week: 7/21/19 – 7/27/19Rookie Bradbury is central figure to Vikings’ overhauled offensive lineVikings depth at cornerback being tested, Hughes still not clearedPlayers to watch at Minnesota Vikings 2019 training campTop Tweets: Vikings WR Diggs makes push for All-NFL Style Team“They’re not the reason this game moved to prime time,” Cousins shouted. “We are.”Soon after the opening kickoff, though, the Vikings (5-4-1) wilted in the spotlight of the NFL’s showcase Sunday night game. The offense didn’t score until 7 seconds were left in the third quarter, and the defense gave up a season-high 148 rushing yards Womens George Iloka Jersey , leading to a 25-20 loss that wasn’t as close as the score.The Vikings fell 1½ games behind the Bears (7-3) in the NFC North, meaning they’ll have to win once more than the surprise division leader over the next five games to make the rematch on Dec. 30 count toward the race.Chicago plays the Los Angeles Rams (9-1) on Dec. 2, but that’s at home. Every other opponent has a losing record. Minnesota has back-to-back road games against the New England Patriots (7-3) and Seattle Seahawks (5-5) looming.“The schedule’s the schedule. I’m not worried about that,” coach Mike Zimmer said.What most troubled Zimmer were the three turnovers, a failure to reach the end zone on the first three trips inside the 20-yard line, and a total of 22 rushing yards on 14 attempts . His message to the offense in meetings throughout the week was that those three areas would determine the outcome.“Either they’re not listening or they’re not paying attention or they don’t really care,” Zimmer said. “So we’ll have to find out which one of the three it is.”The defense also had a 15-yard penalty on two of Chicago’s three drives for field goals.Cousins said the defeat “certainly humbles you,” a potential positive to take in preparation for the next game against the rival Green Bay Packers (4-5-1). The Vikings have already had several of those sobering defeats this year Dalvin Cook Jersey , from the lopsided loss at home against the lowly Buffalo Bills to the 556 total yards allowed to the Rams to the gaffes that precipitated their fall against the New Orleans Saints.Whether there’s some natural regression in the works after their 13-3 regular-season record in 2017, a few flaws they haven’t yet fixed or a little bit of bad luck, the Vikings have been a hair off and a step behind from the start this year despite adding Cousins to one of the league’s deepest rosters.In facing the Rams, Saints and Bears in nationally televised night games, the top three teams in the NFC, the Vikings have performed like a wild-card team at best.“We’re a good team. We know that. It’s just about going out there and doing it. Quit talking about it,” linebacker Eric Kendricks said. “Just getting back to work, putting our hard hats on and no excuses. We’ve got to point the finger at ourselves http://www.thevikingslockerroom.com/auth...ein-jersey , so we’ve just got to get the job done, period.”The Vikings have 16 turnovers, seventh most in the NFL after producing at least one in all but one game. That’s already two more than last season, when they had the third fewest in the league.“That’s what we talk about every single day since OTAs, talk about protecting the football,” wide receiver Adam Thielen said. “The percentage of you winning a football game when you lose a turnover battle is pretty low. We know that. We have to go back to work and figure it out.”The Vikings finished in the top seven in the NFL in fewest turnovers in each of Zimmer’s first four years.“It’s been frustrating at times,” Zimmer said, noting the unlikelihood of some of the giveaways like Thielen’s fumble against the Saints that turned that game around: He added: “I guess stuff happens sometimes.” This time of the year is a brutal reminder about the business side of the NFL. Great players are released Womens Harrison Smith Jersey , and when that happens, speculation on where they’ll land next has become one of the great off-season NFL traditions.Enter Matt Bryant, one of the all-time great kickers in Atlanta Falcons and NFL history, released today:From the post by Dave Choate, Falcoholic blogger extraordinaire, and restaurant quality human being:I cannot relate to the phrase ‘a comfort to Vikings fans every time he trotted out to try a kick.’Full stop.Dan Bailey isn’t under contract for 2019, and the Vikings need a kicker, but if it’s not Bailey I think they’d look for someone younger than Bryant. I’m not sure what direction they go Jaleel Johnson Jersey , but it seems Bryant would be the perfect candidate in a long line of quality kickers who come to Minnesota, who suddenly can’t hit water if they fell out of a boat whilst in the middle of Lake Minnetonka. Folks, if the second most accurate kicker in NFL history can get the yips in Minnesota like Bailey did, then most assuredly, Matt Bryant could be the next kicker/nightmare/fever dream/wide left the Vikings sign.
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