The Minnesota Vikings Continue to Shoot Themselves in the Foot
The Minnesota Vikings had a fairly good game plan on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, they fell short on the road in a 26-14 loss for Minnesota against Tampa Bay.
Dan Bailey, missed three field goals in this football game and also an extra point. Those were 10 points that was left off the board and he probably won’t be with the Minnesota Vikings next week.
For some odd reason, kickers with Minnesota usually are cursed. This was very strange in this game because they had a very good game plan coming into this football game.
Because of the loss and the Arizona Cardinals (7-6) taking down the New York Giants (5-8), Arizona comes back into the seventh spot in the NFC and Minnesota drops out of the seventh spot in the NFC.
Kirk Cousins played well in this football game by completing 24-of-37 passes for 225 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 41 yards on five carries.
Dalvin Cook rushed for 102 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for eight yards receiving.
Cook is the heart and soul of the Minnesota Vikings. He was one of the reasons why the Minnesota Vikings had a chance to take down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in this football game.
Irv Smith Jr. caught four passes for 63 yards receiving and a touchdown. He is becoming the Minnesota Vikings number one tight end option over Kyle Rudolph.
Adam Thielen caught three passes for 39 yards receiving.
Justin Jefferson caught four passes for 39 yards receiving.
This is one of the most underrated wide receiving cores in the NFL. With this loss, the Minnesota Vikings are going to have to win out and get some help in order to get a wild card spot in the NFC.
Head Coach Mike Zimmer is shelled shocked by this loss.
Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak had a very good game plan for the Minnesota Vikings, but the special teams game absolutely failed them.
The playoff picture would have been more chaotic amongst other things had the Minnesota Vikings won this football game. Arizona, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay would have all been 7-6.
However, Minnesota will have to go back to the drawing board and figure things out moving forward.
The defense did a very good job against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers top wide receiving options in this football game, along with limiting the big play from Tom Brady as well here.
With just three weeks remaining in the regular season, the Minnesota Vikings (6-7) will face the Chicago Bears (6-7) at home next Sunday and the loser of this football game will have their playoff hopes all but dashed.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-6) will be on the road next Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons (4-8) and they will need to avoid an upset on the road.
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