Justin Jefferson: “Embarrassing” loss to Cowboys was “a lesson learned”

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The Vikings followed a regular-season win for the ages with the worst home loss in decades.

Meeting with reporters on Monday, star receiver Justin Jefferson called the 40-3 loss to the Cowboys “embarrassing” and a “disaster all around” and “it happens . . . we’re human beings” and a “lesson learned.”

The lesson was, as Jefferson sees it, to get the ball out faster. “I wish we had adjusted faster throughout the game,” Jefferson said.

The bad news, or maybe it’s good news depending on how it goes, is that the Vikings will quickly be back on the horse after suffering the worst home defeat since the Kennedy administration.

The bad news comes from the fact that they won’t have left tackle Christian Darrisaw, who suffered a concussion during the game, his second in two Sundays. They’ll need to do everything better and faster against the Patriots, who have a defense good enough to shut down the Vikings’ offense.

Still, Jefferson said he’s glad the Vikings have a chance to get the bad taste out of their mouth, with a short-week game. And he’s right — as long as the bad taste isn’t replaced by an even worse one.

Jefferson also said something that coach Kevin O’Connell said on Sunday and that other players have mentioned since the game ended. The Vikings are “still 8-2.”

That’s not the way to think of it, if they want to avoid saying, come Thursday night and Friday, that they’re “still 8-3.” The better thing to say would be, “We’re 0-1 and just got beat by 37 points and may have been exposed as frauds and what are we going to do to avoid giving critics more ammunition to say, ‘Yep, they’re frauds’?”

It’s not as concise as “still 8-2,” but you get the point.

15 responses to “Justin Jefferson: “Embarrassing” loss to Cowboys was “a lesson learned”

  1. The Pats D is pretty good — we’ll see if the Vikes offense has their act together this Thursday.

  2. The 2020 cardinals treated their dramatic win against the bills like they won the SB; they went 2-5 the rest of the year. Not saying the Vikings fate will be the same, but it’s worth mentioning.

  3. The lesson he should have learned is not to sign another contract with the Vikings.

  4. As a Cowboy’s fan I had apprehension all week coming into this game, TBH I was shocked at the outcome, Minnesota is a good team, you don’t win 8 out of 10 being bad, just one of those days that get away from you

  5. The NFL is funny. The Vikes put a beating on the Packers (even though we never seem to win the first game of the year), then the Packers beat the cowboys, then the cowboys destroy the Vikings. Glad I’m not a betting man or I’d be broke.

  6. There’s a lot of uneven football being played by a lot of teams this season. Parity is doing it’s dirty work.

  7. pkrlvr says:
    November 21, 2022 at 8:11 pm
    The NFL is funny. The Vikes put a beating on the Packers (even though we never seem to win the first game of the year), then the Packers beat the cowboys, then the cowboys destroy the Vikings. Glad I’m not a betting man or I’d be broke.

    —————————-

    Jets beat Bills, Pats beat Jets,
    We all know what happens next.

  8. packerlies says:
    November 21, 2022 at 6:25 pm
    I’ve got the Vikes going into the Bears game 10-6.
    ___
    You also gaureenteed the packers winning the north back in August

  9. You also gaureenteed the packers winning the north back in August
    +++++
    I’m not the one who never makes predictions because he’s afraid to be wrong. That’s what you copped too.

    But I guarantee you I never guaranteed (nor “gaureenteed) the Packers winning the north in August. Total fabrication.

  10. We won our super bowl the first game of this season. It’s all gravy even if we lose from here on out. A win against the Packers makes a championship season for us.

  11. packerlies says: July 2, 2022 at 5:07 pm Packers didn’t win the SuperBowl yet. Just the NFC North.

    PackerDoesLie

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