Vikings have a simple objective in preseason finale: “Get points

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The Vikings have significantly improved their defense for 2021. Which is a good thing, since their offense based on a pair of preseason games stinks.

They travel to Kansas City for the exhibition finale with a simple goal.

I think it’s points,” quarterback Kirk Cousins said Wednesday, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “The name of the game is points. Touchdowns preferably, always. Get points.”

They haven’t gotten many points in 120 minutes of football. Three field goals. No offensive touchdowns.

Of course, the Vikings have protected running back Dalvin Cook, who played in neither preseason game. Receiver Justin Jefferson also will be kept out of action as he recovers from a shoulder injury. Receiver Adam Thielen, who suffered a thigh bruise against the Colts on Saturday, likely won’t play, either.

“I think it’s a good challenge, right?” Cousins said regarding the prospect of playing without some of the best players. “I think we view it as, ‘Hey, let’s see what we can do without them.’ Try to take pride in that challenge.”

The Vikings used nine offensive starters against the Colts and six defensive starters. That’s apparently the same plan for Friday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

“We want to make sure we execute against a different defense,” coach Mike Zimmer said, via Tomasson. “Hopefully, we have some success.”

It still doesn’t matter until September 12, when the Vikings play the Bengals in Cincinnati. That’s when all of the starters will be available. Assuming, of course, that none of Minnesota’s various unvaccinated players test positive and get knocked out of the game.

14 responses to “Vikings have a simple objective in preseason finale: “Get points

  1. As usual, the Vikings are shooting for the moon on this one, hoping to hit the bullseye into the dead center of mediocrity. 🤣
    8 quarters of football producing just 3 lousy field goals…..Wow! (Slow hand clap)
    Let’s Score!!!!

  2. “The Vikings have significantly improved their defense for 2021.“

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    Improved doesn’t mean good. The Packers should have no trouble hanging 40+ on this bunch.

  3. None of this matters the Vikings are unfortunately stuck with Cousins being the identity of this team. Once he was signed our team became a 500 win percentage and heartless team that can rarely win against good teams. That’s cousins career in a nutshell. See how important the qb is?

  4. It all means absolutely nothing, This team will have the most forfeited games in the NFL because of their selfishness. Yeah I’m talking to you Kirk Cousins. Been a Vikings fan for over 40 years and I have HAD IT!

  5. I don’t think that Kirk reads PFT comments. Also, the NFL won’t be forcing any forfeits this year because most players have been vaxxed, so there will be enough players to play a game. 40 years on the dark side is too long… Cross the river and we will welcome you to the land of Lambeau Leaps, great beer & cheese and winning.

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    justokayfootball says:
    August 26, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    It all means absolutely nothing, This team will have the most forfeited games in the NFL because of their selfishness. Yeah I’m talking to you Kirk Cousins. Been a Vikings fan for over 40 years and I have HAD IT!

  6. Hey Packers fans posting as Viking fans….the Viking offense was in the top five last year! Its pre-season, guys are fighting for special team spots. Most if not all that core unit is back i.e Cook, Jeferson, Thielen, Simth Jr etc.

    Nice try though.

  7. Blackpool says:
    August 27, 2021 at 8:23 am
    The offensive line needs to play the entire game.

    They’ve got a much better chance of scoring if the line doesn’t even dress.

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