Kirk Cousins: Loss to Lions obviously hurts, but we’ve got to move on with a short week

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The Vikings became the first team to lose to the Lions this year and that hasn’t done anything good for the team’s mental state.

Head coach Mike Zimmer said after the game that the players are “not doing good” when asked about their mindset in the wake of a 29-27 loss that dropped them to 5-7 on the season. Wide receiver Justin Jefferson said he’s “tired of losing” close games and safety Harrison Smith said he takes losses like that “personally,” but quarterback Kirk Cousins said the team has to turn the page with another game against the Steelers on tap on Thursday.

“Obviously we’ve got a short week now and have got to move forward,” Cousins said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “This one obviously hurts, but we’ve got to move on.”

The short week won’t do injured Vikings like running back Dalvin Cook, linebacker Eric Kendricks, and wide receiver Adam Thielen any favors when it come to getting back on the field and their absences won’t do the Vikings any favors with their backs against the wall in Week 14.

17 responses to “Kirk Cousins: Loss to Lions obviously hurts, but we’ve got to move on with a short week

  1. As a Vikings fan I have had enough. I routed for the team even when they were awful. I have endured wide kicks and defensive let downs. I have bravely faced the endless search for a quarterback, and listened to all the talk each year about how we were going to improve our offense of line. I also watched us waste Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph‘s prime among others. Enough. I will not buy anything else that says Vikings on it. No jerseys, no hats no gloves, nothing. I will not plan my Sunday afternoons around watching these games and pay for expensive NFL packages for the privilege. Not until they right the ship. Enough. Fire everybody in there who breaths. Get rid of anybody who thinks two people doing one job is a good idea. If anybody even mumbles the words elite defense, run them out of the building and don’t let them back in. Wilfs if you’re listening and I know you’re not, throw all these bums out. It is impossible to tell if Spielman is doing a good job when we coach our defense of backs to stand in the back of the Endzone and watch the catches made in front of them for TD’s. So just on the off chance he’s part of the problem, throw him out too. Once players learn to under perform, and learn to lose, that’s a hard hard habit to break. So a lot of them are going to wind up going too. That’s too bad because there’s some talent in there. But the culture is not about achievement. You cannot right the ship unless everybody’s on board. In This group is not going to do better. Not if one or two people come back from injuries, not if one or two calls go the other way, not even if the other team tries to gift them the game. If they were ever winners in a past life, they aren’t today. Bye-bye Zimmer, take your millions, all your coaches, half the players and the scorn of thousands of Vikings fans and hit the trail. Enough.

  2. Is Zimmer still employed? When the color guy on the broadcast states that he wouldn’t be dropping 8 into coverage for the last play, you know Zimmer is clueless.

  3. Honestly REALLY tired of hearing about who was out for the Vikings, the Lions have had probably 20 plus on IR this year… You lost to Goff, it hurts I get it, but the broadcast and post game have failed to mention that this Lions team has been DECIMATED with injuries ALL YEAR. ONE PRIDE 🦁

  4. Trust me it hurt my pocketbook more than yours Cousins and Zimmer. Instead of winning $637 on my 6 team Money Line Parlay, I lost $100, because the Vikings blow, and my own stupidity for thinking they could beat the 0-10-1 Lions. Thanks Kirk, Zimmer, and the Vikings D

  5. Both coaches should be fired after that game. What a terrible display! Campbell going for it on 4th down on his own 28 yard line is one thing but the play call was awful. Zimmer’s terrible defense on the last drive is also inexcusable. Terrible coaching.

  6. I’ve been a Vikings fan for 52 years.
    It’s always entertaining (since the inception of the internet) to watch (fake) fans (of any team) when their team is struggling. It’s always the same, simplistic, emotional, non-factual reactions every time:
    1) Fire the Coach.. the game has passed by.
    2) The QB sucks because he doesn’t WILL the team to a win every week.
    3) This team doesn’t “care” about winning

    NEVER any analysis of the impact that injuries or sickness play, or true awareness of the reason for losses.

    THAT is the “entertaining” part.

  7. Cousins to Viking fans, ‘You like dat?’ Viking fans: NO. A message to Cousins: ‘Be humble in victory, gracious in defeat.’

  8. Somebody needs to be canned just for that final drive. Sit back in prevent until the Lions are comfortably within range of the end zone, call one blitz that nearly resulted in a game ending interception, but then play coverage the entire rest of the way including having your cornerback setup 5 yards into the end zone on the final play and just letting the receiver catch the winning TD in front of him.

  9. tingelhoff53 says:
    December 6, 2021 at 11:25 am

    I’ve been a Vikings fan for 52 years.
    It’s always entertaining (since the inception of the internet) to watch (fake) fans (of any team) when their team is struggling. It’s always the same, simplistic, emotional, non-factual reactions every time:
    1) Fire the Coach.. the game has passed by.
    2) The QB sucks because he doesn’t WILL the team to a win every week.
    3) This team doesn’t “care” about winning

    NEVER any analysis of the impact that injuries or sickness play, or true awareness of the reason for losses.

    THAT is the “entertaining” part.
    _________

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying the season. The rest of us have gotten tired of the same old thing every year.

  10. I didn’t watch it, I knew we would lose. That is exactly the kind of game the Vikings lose, and always have since I’ve been watching since the Denny years. When you really need it, and it looks like it’s gonna be a gimme, and all the country thinks you’re gonna get it.

    Nope.

  11. Won’t be long before Dan Campbell is the second longest tenured head coach in the nfc north

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