Vikings Lay Egg In Loss To Bills
Steven Coursolle | Sep 23, 2018 AT 7:26 pm
(KNSI) - The Minnesota Vikings came out flat against the previously winless Buffalo Bills, losing 27-6 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Vikes quarterback Kirk Cousins had two fumbles, was sacked four times and the offense had trouble converting on third down.
"That was really what jumps to mind first, is the turnovers and then not moving the ball, not converting third downs and not staying on the field to give ourselves a chance."
Minnesota had six penalties for 59 yards and rushed six times for only 14 yards.
With running back Dalvin Cook out with a hamstring injury, the Vikings tried to attack Buffalo through the air, passing 55 times with 40 completions.
In the locker room after the game, tight end Kyle Rudolph didn't mince words about the team's poor performance.
"We take pride in playing at home, we have the best fans in football and we didn't give them much to cheer for today, it's embarrassing on our part, the performance that we put forth today and it's a shame that it was here at home in front of our fans, they deserve better than that."
When asked about possibly looking past the Bills to their next game against the Rams, coach Mike Zimmer says they just got beat.
"I don't think we took them too lightly, I think they just came out and kicked our butts."
The Vikings lone touchdown came with just 3:03 left in the fourth quarter, when Cousins found Rudolph in the end zone for a four yard touchdown pass.
The Vikings are now 1-1-1 and travel to Los Angeles on a short week for a Thursday night matchup against the Rams, who have the number one ranked defensive line in the NFL.