Sunday’s game was the perfect example of Murphy’s Law showing up on the gridiron. In the loss, the Vikings turned the ball over four times, with one of Kirk Cousins’ three interceptions returned for a touchdown.
Packers kick returner Keisean Nixon took a kickoff 105 yards to the house in the first quarter. Green Bay set the tone, scoring 41 unanswered points after the Vikings held a 3-0 lead.
Minnesota was also tripped up by the elements of Lambeau Field. Head coach Kevin O’Connell noted that the Vikings struggled with finding solid footing in certain cleats.
Unfortunately, Minnesota had already dug themselves into an insurmountable hole before finding out that seven-stud cleats were the most appropriate cleats considering the conditions.
“You’re never gonna force people to wear those things, but it was strongly encouraged. There’s been a lot of our roster that’s played here before,” O’Connell said.
“When I did see some guys on the ground, having some issues, they put those cleats on. Hopefully it’s a lesson for all of us, that we don’t need to go through some of that early to rectify that problem.”
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The good news is that the Vikings won’t be making the trip to Green Bay again this season. In fact, if these two teams meet again, it will be on Minnesota’s turf. However, the loss will serve as a painful lesson for the team moving forward.
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