Vikings blow opportunity to catch Packers, separate from pack

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It hadn’t been pretty, but it was going well for the Vikings. Until it wasn’t.

With 7:48 left in the game and Minnesota winning by three at Arrowhead Stadium, the Vikings had the ball after a Kansas City punt on their own 28. With one of the best running games in the NFL, it was time to go to work on the clock, chewing up time and possibly getting an insurance field goal or, better yet, an icing-on-the-cake touchdown.

And then the Vikings opted to pass instead of run. A short throw to fullback C.J. Ham misfired, stopping the clock and putting the Vikings in second and long. And so then it became obvious that the Vikings would run the ball on second and 10 (as John Madden always said, playcallers who call a pass on first down that falls incomplete almost always dial up a running play on second down), and Kansas City stuffed Dalvin Cook for a three-yard loss.

On third and 13, the Vikings didn’t trust quarterback Kirk Cousins to try to throw for a first down. So they dialed up a draw play, didn’t come close to converting it, punted, and Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker eventually knotted the game with a 54-yard field goal.

But then the Vikings had it again, with 2:30 to play and the game tied at 23. And it was time to throw again, starting with another incompletion, continuing with a completion that lost seven yards, and ending with another misfire on a short pass to Cook.

It got much worse, in the form of a shank of a punt that gave the Chiefs the ball at the Minnesota 45. Three plays later, Butker kicked the game winner as time expired.

The end result was typical for Vikings teams with Kirk Cousins under center: Big game, big spot, bad result.

The good news is the other three teams in the division lost. The bad news is the other three teams in the division lost; a win could have pulled the Vikings into a tie for first in the division with the Packers, who are now 7-2.

The best/worst news is the Vikings get a chance to either break the narrative or confirm it next Sunday night, with a trip to Dallas to face the Cowboys.

50 responses to “Vikings blow opportunity to catch Packers, separate from pack

  1. This will likely be a back and forth between these two teams throughout the rest of the season. Big opportunity missed today by the Pack. Now I only see 11 wins, with a loss in Minny. Prove me wrong Pack.

  2. 23 more games with Kirk the Jerk. Oh the pain.
    Sorry Kirk the NFL does not allow you to play against the Giants for all your Giants.

    TEDDY would of won this game.

  3. That punt was a killer. But failing to run the clock out is not what you expect from a contender. Blame blocking, play calling or whatever you want, but to win close games you need to be able to close them out. A couple of first downs after they got up by three would have made all the difference. This was a gut check and we came up lacking.

  4. Doesn’t matter. The league and officials won’t allow the Vikings to win the division. Until Baddell and his yes men are gone, the Vikes will have to take on the league on their own.

  5. I think the worst part was the whining from the whiniest team continuing today. Diggs didn’t catch a pass so he cried until the refs gave him a pity penalty. Hendricks crying that he was interfered with. Just the absolute worst.

    Such a soft little franchise. Unworthy of championships or decent fans.

  6. Oh goodness Arod why dont you just go cry about it. Apparently the NFL is conspiring against the Vikings. What a crock, go get a hobby this stuff is making you crazy…

  7. Mostly agree. The offense seemed out of rhythm at times, and credit Moore plus KC’s great playmakers. Good team. Yes, it is up to Cousins to come through as the leader and franchise QB, but he didn’t lose the game outright. I see few reasons to bag on Cousins…he’s earned a pass with his play over the last month. Kirk hung in the pocket and delivers pretty darn well today. Good in the red zone. Nope! I’ll stand behind my Vikings and expect them to be extra salty next week against Dallas. SKOL!

  8. It’s true. I heard there is hidden camera video of a secret meeting the refs held at an Applebees. They said “let’s all agree to make really bad calls that hurt the Vikings, even if it makes us look bad.” You see, the NFL HATES the Vikings because … um … I don’t know … because it’s really cold in Minnesota in January, maybe?

  9. truth is vikings and the packers have major flaws neither team is on the level of the saints or niners .. vikings pass defense and GB run defense have been horrible all year regression from some o thier key players on both teams .. xaiver howard not sure what has happened too him and kenny clark must be hurt but both teams are playing second fiddle but it is funny watching each fanbase dog each other

  10. This game was a team loss…from the coaches as Zimmer called a time out when he shouldn’t have….from the kickers botching on kicks…the defence letting a one in a season long run, and the offensive line not opening holes for Cook. This loss could be the biggest loss that the Vikings could have won and put a statement against the rest of the nfc and their own division. Just makes next weeks game against the cowboys maybe the biggest game of the season.

  11. Yep the Vikings missed a great chance and I put that on Mike Zimmer’s lap. Very disappointing but the Vikings will have more to get it right before the end of the season.

  12. I give KC’s defense credit as they really showed up to play and Hill and Watkins made some incredible plays, but the coaching on the Vikings sideline left a lot to be desired. Terrible play calling, terrible decisions by the coaching staff all day.

  13. How long until the two diva WRs go running to their social media accounts to throw their QB under the bus again?

  14. Both teams lost an opportunity. Thing is… Packers got whipped, totally outplayed and outcoached. The Vikings lost a nail biter. Could’ve went either way. In the end it is a loss… but the Charges put out an easy to follow blueprint. And they’re really not that good. It’s going to be an interesting next few weeks. On to Dallas.

  15. Ya, yesterday sucked. But what was fun is, read PFT comments at 3 pm yesterday, then read them again at 6 pm. Packer fans did what they always do. Pop off, and then disappear.

  16. For starters, I have to give the Chiefs credit, especially on defense. They were good enough yesterday to stuff the run enough times to get Stefanski/Kubiak to throw more often than they should have. The play-calling late in the fourth quarter was less than stellar, and was prompted by KC’s run-stopping earlier in the game. On the other side of the ball, the Viking defense made a couple of unforced errors and the Chiefs made them pay.

    That said, no NFC North team looked good yesterday. The Bears continue their free-fall due to an inept offense. The Lions lost a game they probably should have won. The Packers also blew an opportunity to not only separate from the Vikings, but also stay in position for a first round bye; the Chargers dominated that game on both sides of the ball. In short, all four teams have reason for concern after Sunday’s games.

  17. Come on, that loss was a total team effort, it took a kicker to miss an extra point (an extra point that loomed large the rest of the game) a punter to shank one with the game on the line, and of course, your $84 million dollar QB to get the ball with more than 2 minutes left in a tie game and no even come close to getting one first down. For the stat nerds out there, what is Cousin’s record against winning teams now?

  18. Blaming Cousins for this loss is absurd. The Vikings defense was awful. The couldn’t stop a backup QB from picking them apart. They had a lead late in the fourth quarter and couldn’t hold it. Add in a disastrous punt and that’s the game.

    Even though the Chiefs shut down the run game, Cousins kept the Vikings in it. He didn’t turn the ball over despite facing a lot of pressure. Had Thielen played, the Vikes would have won it outright.

  19. Sure, you can blame Cousins. After all, he is the QB. But he needs to get in line behind the defense, the offensive line, and Coaches. Even during the four game win streak most of us showed concerns about the defense. And I sure don’t know of anybody that was thinking the team was SB material. It seems fairly obvious that right now Cousins has to be much better than just decent or good for the team to win. So sure, blame Cousins.

  20. Ron Jull says:
    November 4, 2019 at 12:57 am

    Kirk Cousins vs quality opponent in big game.

    And youre suprised how it ended?

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    First two series not so good but he did settle down and threw for 220 plus 3 TDs. No bonehead throws for INTs decent enough to win.91 yard run was the back breaker, he should have never got to the second level but he did, just a simple zone run with Kelcie crashing down on the DE. Can’t blame this one one Kirk, the O line wasn’t sealing off the edge for Cook, but I think its more of Reid’s defensive scheme that played a part as well. Its in the books on to Dallas, this game really could have gone either way. I think people want Kirk to be this “Frankenstien” type QB where he can do all the Brady, Mahomes Jackson type things.

  21. our defense needs to start taking the blame… they NEVER shut teams down when it matters most… We had KC out of field goal range even after that terrible punt.. it was 2nd and 24 with Matt Moore at quarterback and our defense allowed him to convert a first down to set up the game winning kick… great defenses don’t allow that to happen

  22. billzbubb says:
    November 4, 2019 at 9:10 am
    …. Had Thielen played, the Vikes would have won it outright
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    If ifs and buts we’re berries and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas.

    Since we’re talking what if scenarios, what if the Chiefs’ 6 starters who were out had played?

  23. I said last week that the Vikings would be fine if they won one of the next two games. They let this one get away so now the pressure is on to win at Dallas. A winning team on the road in a primetime game. If this team is worthy of making the playoffs and doing anything, they will make a statement next week. I’m not expecting it, but that’s what a good team would do.

  24. mjimmym says:
    November 4, 2019 at 12:05 am

    How long until the two diva WRs go running to their social media accounts to throw their QB under the bus again?
    __________

    Are you talking about Laquon Treadwell and Bisi Johnson? Because those are the only two wide receivers that I saw yesterday.

  25. BuckyBadger says:
    November 4, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Can we stop with the Cousins is an MVP nonsense now? He isn’t even the MVP on his own team.
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    Fair enough. Can we do the same with Rodgers? Cousins had four good games in a row and then had a game that wasn’t very good. Rodgers had two good games in a row and then did his best Mitch Trubisky impression.

  26. GenXJ says:
    November 4, 2019 at 5:33 am

    Jeez, take it easy. It’s not like they lost to the lowly chargers or anything.
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    No, they lost to a 3rd string QB who was out of football a year ago.
    And earlier this season the Vikings lost to a terrible 3-5 Bears team, so there’s that.

  27. tokyosandblaster says:
    November 3, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    I think the worst part was the whining from the whiniest team continuing today. Diggs didn’t catch a pass so he cried until the refs gave him a pity penalty. Hendricks crying that he was interfered with. Just the absolute worst.

    Such a soft little franchise. Unworthy of championships or decent fans.
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    Typical Packers fan that takes this stuff wayyyy to serious…..

  28. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    November 4, 2019 at 11:32 am

    mjimmym says:
    November 4, 2019 at 12:05 am

    How long until the two diva WRs go running to their social media accounts to throw their QB under the bus again?
    __________

    Are you talking about Laquon Treadwell and Bisi Johnson? Because those are the only two wide receivers that I saw yesterday.

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    The reason being is because the Chiefs rolled coverage over to Diggs after Thielen left the game. I don’t if ya all are that dumb, pretending to be dumb or just do not understand the game, maybe all three dunno. Games are usually decided by 2-3 big plays. Rolling coverage over the top limits Diggs’ chances big plays because he’s double covered. Or would you prefer Cousins throw it into double coverage and get picked off?

    It doesn’t matter how you get to the tournament, division title or wild card, just get there. Ya ll don’t remember a 7-9 Giants team led by Eli Manning that won the Super Bowl? Yeah I didn’t think so.

  29. Even if the Vikings won they would still be in second place since the Packers have the tiebreaker. Big opportunity missed for both teams though for sure.

  30. packerbacker247 says:
    November 4, 2019 at 1:25 pm
    Even if the Vikings won they would still be in second place since the Packers have the tiebreaker. Big opportunity missed for both teams though for sure.

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    For the umpteenth millionth time, the season did not end yesterday, tie breakers mean nothing right now. They will on the final two Sundays and even then you sometimes have to wait until the last Sunday for the seedings. Talking tie breakers with 7 games to go it’s kinda pointless.

  31. Your are absolutely correct about Kirk Cousins. The same situation with Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees or Teddy Bridgewater would have ended with a Viking win. Please Teddy, come back to Minnesota.

  32. 2.5 minutes left with the ball in a tie game, and while it is unfair to compare Cousins to Brady, Mahomes and Jackson, as they all do different things, I also think its unfair that Cousins makes more than the 3 of them put together this season, Possibly compare him to Mason Rudolph Brian Hoyer and Matt Moore, but that may be unfair as those 3 back up QBs all put their team in position to kick a game winning FG with less than two and a half minutes left in the game. While Cousins had the Vikings heading the wrong direction.

    I get bad games can happen, but it seems like about a third of passing plays that are successful are screen plays and while thats fine and dandy, that is not the reason you give Cousins the big money.

  33. shaggytoodle says:
    November 5, 2019 at 4:01 am
    2.5 minutes left with the ball in a tie game, and while it is unfair to compare Cousins to Brady, Mahomes and Jackson, as they all do different things, I also think its unfair that Cousins makes more than the 3 of them put together this season, Possibly compare him to Mason Rudolph Brian Hoyer and Matt Moore, but that may be unfair as those 3 back up QBs all put their team in position to kick a game winning FG with less than two and a half minutes left in the game. While Cousins had the Vikings heading the wrong direction.

    I get bad games can happen, but it seems like about a third of passing plays that are successful are screen plays and while thats fine and dandy, that is not the reason you give Cousins the big money.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Your right. I was excited to get Cousins at first but that soon went away. In hindsight the Vikings should have kept Bridgewater. Oh well, I started watching the Vikings in their first Super Bowl in 1970. They will win one eventually.

  34. mrdarkness13 says:
    November 4, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    November 4, 2019 at 11:32 am

    mjimmym says:
    November 4, 2019 at 12:05 am

    How long until the two diva WRs go running to their social media accounts to throw their QB under the bus again?
    __________

    Are you talking about Laquon Treadwell and Bisi Johnson? Because those are the only two wide receivers that I saw yesterday.

    —————————————————-

    The reason being is because the Chiefs rolled coverage over to Diggs after Thielen left the game. I don’t if ya all are that dumb, pretending to be dumb or just do not understand the game, maybe all three dunno. Games are usually decided by 2-3 big plays. Rolling coverage over the top limits Diggs’ chances big plays because he’s double covered. Or would you prefer Cousins throw it into double coverage and get picked off?

    It doesn’t matter how you get to the tournament, division title or wild card, just get there. Ya ll don’t remember a 7-9 Giants team led by Eli Manning that won the Super Bowl? Yeah I didn’t think so.
    ___________

    Did you notice that they lost the game? You don’t give up on throwing to Diggs just because the other team is trying to stop it. He’s their second-biggest playmaker, after Cook. He had four targets with one reception for four yards. He also had one run. Thielen didn’t play for most of the game against Detroit or at all against Washington. Diggs was still able to make plays. Most of Diggs’ routes against KC were deep. You have to mix it up and do things to help him get open. The play-calling was bad and not aggressive enough.

    And no, I don’t remember a 7-9 Giants team winning the Super Bowl because it never happened. They were 9-7 the year they destroyed the 15-1 Packers on their way to the Super Bowl.

    Don’t insult me by saying I’m dumb and don’t understand football and then bring that kind of stuff.

  35. Lighten up Capt. Happy jeez, I transposed the numbers in the record big deal. Triggered much? You still know what I meant. So Detriot and Washington’s secondary is as good as the Chiefs? I totally disagree! So you’d rather have Cousins throw into double coverage all day, try and force something that is not there. Then complain Cousins suck because he had 3 picks.

    You are a great football mind,insert sarcasm here. After AT 19 left they rollcoverage over to Diggs all day long. Youre prolly whiney cuz you had Diggs on your fantasy team……lol……….you still dont understand football and if youre a coach……..oy lord help your team

  36. Just an FYI

    “Tom Pelissero
    @TomPelissero
    #Vikings WR Adam Thielen’s strained hamstring is no worse after his brief appearance in KC, I’m told, but he’s unlikely to play Sunday against the #Cowboys. Could feel it pulling and need to calm it down. Note: Bye is 2 weeks away and team errs on the conservative side.”

    Just as I thought he took himself outta the game.

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