Vikings starting offense largely sputters

AP

Last week, the Vikings’ starting offense looked good. This week, not.

Seven days after shredding the Denver defense, the Minnesota No. 1 offense sputtered through three drives against the Jaguars in the Vikings’ preseason home opener.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins completed three of eight passes for 12 yards, and the Vikings punted twice while Cousins and the starting unit was on the field. The second drive resulted in a field goal, but it covered only 30 total yards, and it was fueled by 30 yards from a pair of personal fouls.

Latavius Murray had six carries for 12 yards. He fumbled twice, losing one. None of the Vikings’ top receiving options — Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph — had a catch.

Ultimately, the subpar performance means as much as last week’s strong showing meant: Not much. What matters is what happens when the real games start, with the top offense on the field for a contest that is preceded by careful game planning and that includes in-game adjustments.

97 responses to “Vikings starting offense largely sputters

  1. Absolute pathetic performance by the Vikings offense. They were gifted bogus penalties and a extremely short field after a turnover and produced nothing. Again, pathetic.

  2. Anyone consider the fact that the Jags defense is quite a bit better than Denver’s? Think about that before you buy your plane tickets to the Superbowl based on last week.

  3. vargavarga says:
    August 18, 2018 at 3:05 pm
    Absolute pathetic performance by the Vikings offense. They were gifted bogus penalties and a extremely short field after a turnover and produced nothing. Again, pathetic

    ***

    Take it easy.

  4. most thought offense would take a while with new QB and Coordinator, esp with Cook and most of the starting oline out. fortunately, we play a weak defense in week one and the weakest defense in week two. great job by our defense today. 2nd stringers shut down the first squad Jags on 3 drives…good luck scoring 20 points vs the world class vikings this year….

  5. I think that teams want to do well, in pre-season. That said, pre-season is more about talent evaluation, and to see how well schemes work.

  6. It’s a brief battle of the most deep defenses in the league. There’s not going to be offense. This was expected.

    Jags and Vikings (and eagles, rams) defenses compared to the rest of the league is like pros vs. high schoolers. Broncos have great talent on defense but they aren’t as deep at every level as the 4 teams I mentioned.

    I wouldn’t judge the offenses when they are playing the the elite defenses in the league in the preseason. Anybody who thought their offense would go in and move the ball with ease today is a fool.

    Great test for both teams. I respect the Jags a lot. Hope they get the ring if we don’t.

  7. One wonders when the 3 faithful Vikings fans will start chanting Siemian’s name.

    We know all the other “fans” will be off the bandwagon after they start the season 0-2.

  8. Off topic, but this helmet rule is a disaster. The Jags got screwed on a call on a clean tackle. Is the NFL trying to see how far they can push us before we break? I’ve been a fan foe 62 years and of all the stupid things they’ve done this is the worst.

  9. I hope that offensive line can pick it up.

    If not, Vikings fans are going to have to brush up on their “the refs love the Packers” and “so and so was injured!” excuses for week 2.

  10. 4 teams are stacked with defensive talent this year and I don’t think we have seen this much concentrated talent ever: Vikings, jaguars, rams, eagles.

    Alll 4 teams have pro bowlers or all pros at each level. These 4 teams are going to rewrite the defensive record books this year.

  11. tokyosandblaster says:
    August 18, 2018 at 3:39 pm
    I hope that offensive line can pick it up.

    If not, Vikings fans are going to have to brush up on their “the refs love the Packers” and “so and so was injured!” excuses for week 2.
    —————————————————

    If you’ve ever played Mike Tyson’s Punchout on NES the Jaguars D would be like fighting Tyson. The Packer D is like fighting Glass Joe or Soda Popinski.

  12. They were going against one of the best Defenses in the league, plus the Jags kept their 1st team Offense in till Halftime! Vikings still going to win!

  13. This officiating crew should really be looked at just unacceptable calls. The NFL better wake up look at how these officials are calling games. consistency and clarity between crews is bad. If officials aren’t sure than why are they out their. Why call in preseason games when teams are trying to evaluate players and then stop callingg obvious calls during the season is totally ridiculous.

  14. Calm down, Vikings had 4 starting OL members not playing, the play calls were all very vanilla. Vikings got what they needed against Jacksonville in the two practices this week, this game was all about the 3rd RB, backup OL, the kickers and DL depth. On scheduled.

  15. Last week after an opening drive TD we heard how great cousins is and what a great offense this was gonna be.

    This week- it’s only preseason

  16. Minnesota and Jacksonville kinda dissed by NFL Net. Cutting away on a 3 point game w/less than 2 minutes so we could watch the kickoff in LA that even the hometown fans don’t wanna watch.

  17. irishgary says:
    August 18, 2018 at 4:10 pm
    Last week after an opening drive TD we heard how great cousins is and what a great offense this was gonna be.

    This week- it’s only preseason

    ***

    Whats your point? Both of those comments are benign and accurate statements.

    Do these two statements trouble you?

    Last week- “Man it sure is hot this August!”
    This week- “well, it’s only summer.”

  18. cobrala2 says:
    August 18, 2018 at 3:41 pm
    What, no Super Bowl talk now

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    Don’t know where you’re getting Super Bowl talk from, but the Vikings have just as good as change the other 31 teams have. Except for your team, they won’t make the playoffs.

  19. First Vikings game I’ve watched this season, missed first 2-1/2 quarters (apparently didn’t miss much).

    Observations: Mike Boone should have a spot on final roster. That kid looks like a beast.

    Cool to see Don Beebe’s kid. Love those legacies.

    Witness to the absolute worst PF roughing call ever. Maybe they should call that the Rodgers rule.

    Good luck this season Vikings fans. Looking forward to your team keeping things interesting in the North.

  20. It all means something.. they can be good they can be bad… to be pros they need to level out and be pros… the massive ups and downs are for losers

  21. minneanderthals says:
    August 18, 2018 at 3:24 pm
    One wonders when the 3 faithful Vikings fans will start chanting Siemian’s name.

    We know all the other “fans” will be off the bandwagon after they start the season 0-2.
    How’d you like to put your money where your mouth is? Just like every other Packer fan, brave behind a keyboard…

  22. I don’t put a whole lot of stock into today’s pathetic performance. MN & Jax have been beating each other up in practices this week, this was just a culmination of that. Pretty sloppy all the way around but the season doesn’t start for 3 weeks and the Vikes held 3 starting OL out of the game so they weren’t exactly at full strength.

  23. irishgary says:
    August 18, 2018 at 4:10 pm
    Last week after an opening drive TD we heard how great cousins is and what a great offense this was gonna be.

    This week- it’s only preseason

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    Yeah, I know that’s what I said:

    dcviking says:
    August 12, 2018 at 10:06 am
    Its the first drive of the first preseason game.
    Its nice that it worked out that way.
    Beyond that, its really not worth discussion.

  24. tokyosandblaster says:
    August 18, 2018 at 3:39 pm
    I hope that offensive line can pick it up.

    If not, Vikings fans are going to have to brush up on their “the refs love the Packers” and “so and so was injured!” excuses for week 2.

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    I think that’s only fair…I mean Aaron’s already whining about his receivers…

  25. These 2 teams were pretty well matched, but I agree there multiple phantom calls. Nobody knows how to tackle now with the BS helmet rule, the Personal foul cost Minnesota the game.. But you guys need to appreciate the Jags will knock off the Pats for the Super Bowl this year. I was especially pleased how Minnesota’s 2nd and 3rd team played against the Jags starting Offense and Defense they kept in until halftime..
    I will say if Rick doesn’t address the O-line in the next couple drafts, he needs to be tar and feathered and sent off on the first BNSF Rail Road freight car available!

  26. @dcviking

    I’m glad you understood. Maybe you can explain that to 13worldchampionships.

    Preseason is for evaluation, nothing to get too excited about

    It really sucks with the foolish trolls on this site, both Packer and Vikings

  27. Oh Man! Were the fans cheering loudly when the Vikings were on offense again?
    I tried to warn them earlier.
    Maybe the organization should send season ticket holders a copy of the book, “Attending a Football Game for Dummies!”.

  28. I expect PFT to have a headline about the BS roughing the passer call today. Horrific. If that’s roughing the passer then we may as well outlaw touching the quarterbacks.

  29. taintedsaints2009 says:
    August 18, 2018 at 5:35 pm
    I expect PFT to have a headline about the BS roughing the passer call today. Horrific. If that’s roughing the passer then we may as well outlaw touching the quarterbacks.

    ———————

    …it starts…

  30. As much as I love the banter on PFT, ariani, filthy, korey, et all. You guys are trash. Seriously people died give the bs a rest…. your life is really sad if that gives you any joy

  31. Alan Light says:
    August 18, 2018 at 3:15 pm
    most thought offense would take a while with new QB and Coordinator, esp with Cook and most of the starting oline out. fortunately, we play a weak defense in week one and the weakest defense in week two. great job by our defense today. 2nd stringers shut down the first squad Jags on 3 drives…good luck scoring 20 points vs the world class vikings this year….

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    We will see on the weakest defense comment, but I’ll take Rodgers over Counsins every day of the week. Quite a cop out about the offense with the money you gave Cousins. Elite money qb should perform against elite d. Instead the excuses start already.

  32. dmca12 says:
    August 18, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    “I’ll take Rodgers over Counsins every day of the week”.

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    I would to, but maybe you didn’t know, Rodgers was not available.

  33. wafflestomp says:
    August 18, 2018 at 6:53 pm
    When hasn’t there ever been a football game played when the Barneys haven’t claimed the officials weren’t at fault?!?
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    It’s not an exclusive thing as far as the Vikings are concerned. Everyone on the Packers schedule know they have to overcome the biased calls for the NFLs protected welfare kids.

  34. Liberalsruineverything says:
    August 18, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    wafflestomp says:
    August 18, 2018 at 6:53 pm
    When hasn’t there ever been a football game played when the Barneys haven’t claimed the officials weren’t at fault?!?
    ——————————————

    It’s not an exclusive thing as far as the Vikings are concerned. Everyone on the Packers schedule know they have to overcome the biased calls for the NFLs protected welfare kids.
    ___________________

    And with their built in excuse in place, the Barneys are ready for the 2018 season to begin.

  35. Case Keenum > Kirk “2nd string” Cousins! Should have never made this move. Our Front office never gets the QB position right.

  36. @irishgary –

    Deal!!! If you deal with filthy and a couple others, I’ll do the same on this side of the aisle. If only it were that easy.

    It’s unfortunate they don’t separate users in troll vs. non-troll because I do appreciate the perspective (even when its critical or against the Vikings) that some Packer posters put on here, but unfortunately too much gets lost in fog of trolling. And yesh, I totally get it goes both ways.

  37. marvin1958 says:
    August 18, 2018 at 7:34 pm
    That is the dumbest thing any poster can say… “The refs…blah blah..”
    __________________

    Well, you just stay tuned, it’s the Barney’s mantra.

  38. flviking says:
    August 18, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    dmca12 says:
    August 18, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    “I’ll take Rodgers over Counsins every day of the week”.

    ////////////////////

    I would to, but maybe you didn’t know, Rodgers was not available.

    ======================================================

    I’m sorry but didn’t your team pass on Rodgers not once but twice in the draft? Or maybe you don’t want to remember that?

  39. Zimmer was not happy and glad we lost because the Vikings didn’t deserve a win. Jaguars have a legit defense. My hope right now is making it through the preseason without injuries.

  40. It’s a darn good thing they still have the most vaunted defense in the history of the NFL.

  41. Minnesota had six players exit Saturday’s game with injuries and not return. Three players were carted off the field: defensive end Ade Aruna (knee), offensive lineman Cedrick Lang (lower leg) and fullback Johnny Stanton (lower leg).

    Season in doubt

  42. Some seem to forget Vikings went 2-2 last year and 1st string struggled to move the ball – then Monday Night against Saints happened. Vikings will be just fine.

  43. Wait, so… because it happened last year it’s bound to happen again?

    Oh. So the Packers have won every super bowl, since they won the first and every year is the same?

    That’s some neat logic.

    9-7 maybe with that line.

  44. greenandgoldgirl says:
    August 18, 2018 at 8:10 pm
    flviking says:
    August 18, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    dmca12 says:
    August 18, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    “I’ll take Rodgers over Counsins every day of the week”.

    ////////////////////

    I would to, but maybe you didn’t know, Rodgers was not available.

    ======================================================

    I’m sorry but didn’t your team pass on Rodgers not once but twice in the draft? Or maybe you don’t want to remember that?

    /////////////////////

    I’ll give you some slack because you’re a girl. But Daunte Culpepper had just passed for over 4700 yards and 39 TDs, the Vikings did not need a QB. But thanks for playing.

  45. tokyosandblaster says:
    August 18, 2018 at 3:39 pm
    I hope that offensive line can pick it up.
    If not, Vikings fans are going to have to brush up on their “the refs love the Packers” and “so and so was injured!” excuses for week 2.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    If that happens they will have plenty of materials from the last year as the packers fans did plenty of crying about Rodgers injury for the last year.

  46. But Daunte Culpepper had just passed for over 4700 yards and 39 TDs, the Vikings did not need a QB.
    ++++++
    And how did that turn out for the Viking braintrust? Apparently that year they needed a stone hands road runner and/or an undersized lineman with injury concerns?

    The Vikings didn’t take Rodgers because they didn’t think he was worth it at either of the spots they could have chosen him. Truth.

  47. packertruth says:
    August 19, 2018 at 6:05 pm
    But Daunte Culpepper had just passed for over 4700 yards and 39 TDs, the Vikings did not need a QB.
    ++++++
    And how did that turn out for the Viking braintrust? Apparently that year they needed a stone hands road runner and/or an undersized lineman with injury concerns?

    The Vikings didn’t take Rodgers because they didn’t think he was worth it at either of the spots they could have chosen him. Truth

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    Okay…..if that makes you feel better. But the truth is, again, Culpepper just passed for over 4700 yards and 39 TDs, the Vikings did not need a QB. Much like the packers did not need a QB in last years draft.

  48. Hey packer truth, name one team in your lifetime that has used a 1st round pick on a QB when they had a mid 20 rear old coming off a pro bowl season? I’ll check back to see who you came up with

  49. Okay…..if that makes you feel better. But the truth is, again, Culpepper just passed for over 4700 yards and 39 TDs, the Vikings did not need a QB. Much like the packers did not need a QB in last years draft.
    ++++++

    Culpepper was 36-37 in his career AFTER the season you reference above (in which he went 8-8). “Vikings coach Brad Childress likened his dealings with Culpepper to his dealings with Terrell Owens and said he never had a conversation with Daunte that did not involve his contract and getting more money instead of football and the team.”

    Competition for the sub-.500 me-first guy who was going into the final year of the contract? (especially where the player falling was considered by many the best PLAYER available). Nope.

    Picking for need (apparently) the Vikings whiffed twice. They chose Troy Williamson at #7 and Erasmus James at #18 ( for reference Demarcus Ware, Shane Merriman, Thomas Davis and Derrick Johnson went between 11-15, Roddy White at #27).

    Had they chosen any one of the five (six if you count Rodgers) players listed above you probably wouldn’t hear so much about the 2005 draft. Williamson ended his career with 4 td receptions, James with 12 starts. Good times…. skol.

  50. I figured the gumbies would be out in full force after that game.

    First of all it’s Pre Season.

    Second, they were going against the best Defense in the League. Many analyst say the Vikings defense is the best…I personally think the Jags are slightly better because they get the take aways.

    Third, Jacksonville kept their first team offense and defense almost the WHOLE half. All of them. Even their starting QB. Cousin’s and many of the first team players were done after 2-3 drives. The fact that our second stringer defense kept their first team offense in check the whole time is actually impressive with how deep this defense is.

    Yes the O-line looked bad, but it was mainly backups playing most of the game. Our O-Line and offense looked even worse last year in the Pre-Season and we did pretty good last year.

    The Vikings defense was just as dominate in that game as Jacksonville. They had a chance at like 3 take-aways.

    Lets pump the brakes on panicking because we loss a Pre-Season game. .

  51. minneanderthals says:

    August 19, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    If the Vikings ever really have a player as good as Rodgers, and he got hurt, I’d let them use that as excuse.

    But they never have, and likely never will.

    ————-

    It’s a team sport. Should they just change the sport name to Rodgers ball? The Eagles have no one as good as Rodgers, but have a ton of really good players and won the Super Bowl. You packers fans forget that its a team sport. The Vikings don’t make excuses for losing one player because the rest of the roster is good.

  52. erikthepurple said:
    August 18, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Don’t be fooled. Kyle Sloter is our REAL no. 2.

    ——————————————————————————–

    With the Vikings Oline, he’s soon to be no. 1. Curt Kousin’s days are numbered.

  53. packertruth says:
    August 20, 2018 at 12:06 am
    Okay…..if that makes you feel better. But the truth is, again, Culpepper just passed for over 4700 yards and 39 TDs, the Vikings did not need a QB. Much like the packers did not need a QB in last years draft.
    ++++++

    Culpepper was 36-37 in his career AFTER the season you reference above (in which he went 8-8). “Vikings coach Brad Childress likened his dealings with Culpepper to his dealings with Terrell Owens and said he never had a conversation with Daunte that did not involve his contract and getting more money instead of football and the team.”

    Competition for the sub-.500 me-first guy who was going into the final year of the contract? (especially where the player falling was considered by many the best PLAYER available). Nope.

    Picking for need (apparently) the Vikings whiffed twice. They chose Troy Williamson at #7 and Erasmus James at #18 ( for reference Demarcus Ware, Shane Merriman, Thomas Davis and Derrick Johnson went between 11-15, Roddy White at #27).

    Had they chosen any one of the five (six if you count Rodgers) players listed above you probably wouldn’t hear so much about the 2005 draft. Williamson ended his career with 4 td receptions, James with 12 starts. Good times…. skol.
    _______

    Congratulations. You beat the Vikings in the 2005 draft. This is 2018. I can understand why you don’t want to focus on the present because you’re a fan of a third-place team, but we’re all interested in this season over here.

  54. The Vikings used an offensive line that had more starters out than playing against the Jags defense. Stop overreacting about it, preseason game #2. The offense didn’t look so good because of it.

  55. This is 2018. I can understand why you don’t want to focus on the present because you’re a fan of a third-place team, but we’re all interested in this season over here.
    ++++++
    PRESENTLY the Packers are tied for first. Your rules.

  56. packertruth says:
    August 20, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    This is 2018. I can understand why you don’t want to focus on the present because you’re a fan of a third-place team, but we’re all interested in this season over here.
    ++++++
    PRESENTLY the Packers are tied for first. Your rules.
    _______

    Enjoy that while it lasts.

  57. Packer truth, I guess you couldn’t answer my question so you chose to list the players the Vikings could have chosen. I wasn’t a fan of either draft pick when they happened, but Rodgers was never on the table. Still waiting for an answer, name a team that had a mid 20 year old pro bowl QB that used a 1st round pick on a QB? The Chargers used 1st round pick on Rivers when Brees was there. Brees wasn’t a pro bowl QB, and personally think they made a mistake. Actually they didn’t draft Rivers, that drafted Eli to keep him from the Raiders who picked right behind them

  58. calivike says:
    August 19, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Hey packer truth, name one team in your lifetime that has used a 1st round pick on a QB when they had a mid 20 rear old coming off a pro bowl season? I’ll check back to see who you came up with

    ++++

    Born in 1967 so I started from there. The 1969 San Diego Chargers drafted a QB (Marty Domres) in the first round after John Hadl made the pro-bowl in 1968. Hadl was 28.

    Who’d you come up with?

  59. packertruth says:
    August 21, 2018 at 12:52 am
    calivike says:
    August 19, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Hey packer truth, name one team in your lifetime that has used a 1st round pick on a QB when they had a mid 20 rear old coming off a pro bowl season? I’ll check back to see who you came up with

    ++++

    Born in 1967 so I started from there. The 1969 San Diego Chargers drafted a QB (Marty Domres) in the first round after John Hadl made the pro-bowl in 1968. Hadl was 28.

    Who’d you come up with

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    Really? This started because I said I would rather have Rodgers than Cousins. Now you’re talking about a dude named Domres? You green and yellows are the most sensitive fan base out there. Go away.

  60. Culpepper was 36-37 in his career AFTER the season you reference above (in which he went 8-8). –

    Culpepper also had his knee shredded in Carolina game and didn’t finish the season so he didn’t go 8-8, and he was never the same player. You points are hollow, no NFL team is drafting a QB in the 1st round in that circumstance. Let it go.

  61. Well, sure does look like they’re getting Vikings fans ready for the inevitable disappointment poking it’s familiar face over the horizon in Minnesota.

  62. 1. Um its preseason, 2. The Vikings and Jags practiced together all week so i assume they knew each other. 3. Jags have a pretty good defense. 4. Yes, they didn’t look very good but if they look like that against Seattle then panic, a little.

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