2020-10-18 16:04:50 –
Just as the Vikings seemed to be progressing, they fell apart.
The Vikings (1-5) lost to the Atlanta Falcons 40-23 at the US Bank Stadium on Sunday, and their chances of a playoff are now life-supporting. The 2018 Indianapolis Colts got out of holes 1-5 to make a postseason, but it remains anomalous.
After two ugly shows to start the season, the Vikings went 1-2 in the previous three games. Both defeats occurred after building a lead in the fourth quarter. They lost to undefeated Seattle 27-26 last week on Russell Wilson’s final second touchdown pass.
But on Sunday, the Vikings made the worst outing of the season against the previously unwinnable Falcons (1-5), who fired head coach Dunquin a week ago and tentatively replaced him with Raheem Morris. ..
Quarterback Kirk Cousins threw three intercepts all in the first half as the Vikings were delayed 20-0 in halftime and 23-0 in the third quarter. They recorded a touchdown in the second half with their cousin’s pass. Rookie Justin Jefferson was 11 yards in the third quarter, Adam Thielen was 2 yards and Jefferson was 49 yards in the fourth quarter.
Jefferson was a bright place for Minnesota. He caught 9 passes at 166 yards. This is the third of the last four games and has over 100 yards of receive yards.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 30 of his 40 passes with 371 yards and four touchdowns. Two of the touchdowns went to Julio Jones, who had eight catches at 137 yards.
The Vikings hurt their crotch against the Seahawks and played Dalvin Cook, who failed to play in his 20th match in 54 career NFL games, without a star runback. Alexander Mattison, who was in a hurry for his career’s best 112 yards in Seattle, managed just 10 carries at 26 yards at his first NFL start.
In the key play at the beginning of the second quarter, Mattison didn’t even touch the ball. The Vikings dragged 10-0, faced a fourth goal on the 1-yard line and chose to run Mike Boone in the middle. He was piled up because he lost the yard and was taken over by the Falcons.
After that, the Viking never approached the score until the game became suspicious.
The cousin completed 24 of the 36 passes with 343 yards and 3 touchdowns. All of this was done after the results were almost determined. His 10 intercepts have moved him to this season’s NFL lead in that category, four more than he threw everything last year.
This is the second time the Viking’s formerly proud defense has abandoned more than 40 points this season. They lost to Green Bay 43-34 in the opening round.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, tickets were not sold in the third of three home games this season. The only fans I had on Sunday were the 250 staff and family invited to the second home game.