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By: Tanishka Mhaskar
September 23rd, 2018

Vikings Suffer A Disappointing 27-6 Loss

 The Minnesota Vikings did NOT look like the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon. They had a complete meltdown on every phase of the ballgame. In a very uncharacteristic loss, the Vikings made terrible mistakes knocking them down to 1-1-1 on the season. 

The team fell apart on the Buffalo Bills' opening drive. On the third play of the game, LB Eric Wilson sacked Bills QB Josh Allen. There was an unnecessary roughness penalty on Linval Joseph and the Bills moved the chains. After another penalty on the same drive, Josh Allen ran 10 yards for a Buffalo score. Things weren't too terrible at that point. 

The Vikings offense received the ball inside their 10 yard line only for QB Kirk Cousins to fumble while trying to run for a first down. The Bills receive the ball in the red zone and kick a field goal. 10-0, no problem. 

On the Vikings' next offensive possession Cousins fumbles again, due to terrible protection by LT Riley Reiff. The Bills stroll into the end zone, and were up 17-0. 

This was pretty much the theme of the day. Mistakes and penalties by the Vikings on all phases end the game. I'll just name a few that really could have changed the game: Waynes' dropped pick, Smith should have recovered the fumble, Diggs should have caught the touchdown pass, and a Latavius Murray mishap that turned into an interception. 

The Vikings ran the ball four time for 14 yards, forcing Cousins to throw 55 times. The run game was NOT there, and the Vikings pretty much abandoned it because they were forced to play catch up the rest of the game. The fact that explosive RB Dalvin Cook sat out really made a difference. 

The Vikings may have taken this game a bit too easily and they shot themselves in the foot on countless occasions today. Look for the Vikings to be fired up as they take on the 3-0 Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night. TE Kyle Rudolph would love to get the bitter taste out of his mouth. "The best way to bounce back from such a poor performance is to go play well. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait seven days to go play well."