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EAGAN, Minn.—Dalvin Cook could only watch as the Vikings rushed for the third-fewest yards in franchise history Sunday. The second-year back was sidelined with a hamstring injury and missed the stunning 27-6 loss to Buffalo at U.S. Bank Stadium when Minnesota ran for all of 14 yards. The only worse rushing games in the Vikings' 58-year history were an 11-yard effort in 1996 against Chicago and a 12-yard showing in 2005 against the New York Giants.
MINNEAPOLIS—The boo birds came out in full force Sunday, Sept. 23, at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings, 16 1/2-point favorites on their home field, were dismantled in a 27-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Trailing 27-0 late in the fourth quarter, the Vikings averted their first shutout loss since 2007 when Kirk Cousins threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph with 2:59 left. The Bills entered the game 0-2, having lost those two games by a combined 55 points.
ST. PAUL — The Vikings acquired another target for Kirk Cousins, one he knows well. The quarterback played a role in Minnesota's decision to sign wide receiver Aldrick Robinson this week. The two were teammates in Washington from 2012-14 when Cousins was primarily the backup. "I like him as a player," Cousins said Wednesday, Sept. 19. "He's a great teammate, will be great for our locker room, a veteran presence to have around; and hopefully he can contribute on the field for us."
EAGAN, Minn.—Entering Sunday, Sept. 16, it had been nearly four years since the Vikings had a punt blocked. That changed early in the first quarter of a 29-29 tie at Green Bay. Geronimo Allison blocked Matt Wile's punt and Josh Jackson recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. "I just know right when I was making contact with the ball, it was, 'Huh, well, there's someone there,' '' Wile said Monday, Sept. 17, about what happened. "But after that punt, I just was focused on coming back and hitting good punts for rest of the game.''
GREEN BAY, Wis.—Kirk Cousins knows all about putting up big yardage and having a game end in a tie. In 2016, Cousins threw for a career-high 458 yards, but his Washington Redskins tied the Cincinnati Bengals 27-27. On Sunday, Sept. 16, the 30-year-old quarterback threw for 425 yards but the Minnesota Vikings tied Green Bay 29-29 at Lambeau Field.
GREEN BAY, Wis.—After Sunday's 29-29 tie with Green Bay, Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr wore a T-shirt reading, "The Earth is Flat." So, Barr does really believe it is? "I like to have fun," said Barr, not directly answering the question. "I like to cause a little stir, get people thinking a little bit."
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was fined $20,054 by the NFL on Friday, Sept. 14, for a hit last Sunday on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Richardson was penalized for roughing the passer after landing on Garoppolo in the fourth quarter of Minnesota's 24-16 victory at U.S. Bank Stadium. Richardson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press he will appeal the fine. "I just got it. ... I'll see what I can get (taken) off of it," he said Friday. After last Sunday's game, Richardson disagreed with the call.
ST. PAUL — In the event anyone thought Mike Zimmer had criticized Aaron Rodgers, he wanted to set the record straight Thursday, Sept. 13. The Vikings coach on Wednesday said about Rodgers, "He walks on water, so I'm sure he's going to play.'' The Green Bay quarterback suffered a sprained left knee in the first half last Sunday against Chicago and was taken off on a cart. But he returned for the second half and led the Packers back from a 20-0 deficit to win 24-23.
MINNEAPOLIS — No teammates have complained to Xavier Rhodes about his player rankings. At least, not yet. The Vikings' all-pro cornerback published a first-person story in The Players' Tribune on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in which he ranked the top seven players in the NFC North. He ranked Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers No. 1 and included three Vikings players in his list: safety Harrison Smith at No. 3, Rhodes at No. 4 and defensive end Everson Griffen at No. 6. Any complaints so far?
MINNEAPOLIS — Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews saw plenty of Adrian Peterson in previous seasons. Now, he has high praise for another Vikings running back. Dalvin Cook will face the Packers for the first time Sunday at Lambeau Field. Cook was a rookie last season, but tore his left ACL in Week 4 and didn't play against Green Bay.