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2019 Schedule
1-1, 3rd in NFC North
Run it back: AB's debut, Bears' redemption headline Week 2 (1:53)

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The Vikings had fewer than three wide receivers on the field for 46 of their 60 offensive plays against the Packers, per NFL Next Gen Stats. Minnesota trailed most of the game.

Jackson: Rodgers getting comfortable, Cousins turns it over too much (1:02)

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Kirk Cousins has a QBR or 15.7 — second-worst among qualified quarterbacks ahead of only Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the full explanation from Senior VP of Officiating Al Riveron about the OPI call that nullified Stefon Diggs' TD before halftime: "The ruling on the field is a score. Every time, by rule, there's a score or turnover, here in New York we automatically take a look at all aspects of the play, which this year includes obvious visual evidence that No. 33 (Dalvin Cook) hinders the opponent while the ball is still in the air. Therefore, we negate the score and call offensive pass interference here from New York and penalize them 10 yards."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Stefanski called 6 runs on late drive that ended in an interception. With the fact that the Vikings had Green Bay on its heels, was there consideration to keep running near the goal line? "Certainly you say that on the sideline afterwards," QB Kirk Cousins said. "Everybody said ‘aw, we should've run it.' But I shouldn't have put our coordinator in that position. I should throw the ball away and move to the next down. And you're right. We had run the ball well and I guess that's a huge positive when I look at the first two weeks of the season, a huge improvement from last year is we're running the football well. You run in this league - when you do that you can win games week in and week out."

Cousins takes blame for Vikings' loss (0:59)

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Dalvin Cook is over 20 PPR fantasy points for the day within the first two minutes of the second half, giving him back-to-back games with at least that many. It's the first time in his career he has reached that threshold in consecutive games.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

In previous meetings, Vikings have played Devante Adams in man with Xavier Rhodes shadowing him) except when he goes into the slot. The combo coverage that showed up last year is where one side of the defense plays quarters and the other is in man cover 2. That's gonna be an interesting matchup to see how they defend Adams when Jayron Kearse is used in nickel defense, but as Mike Zimmer alluded earlier this week, utilizing bracket coverage/pattern matching will allow Kearse to not be on Adams or anyone else that ends up in the slot (Packers put Geronimo Allison and Jimmy Graham in there quite a bit last week) alone. As it pertains to Rhodes, last year he really struggled containing Adams, a trend he hopes to buck today. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Rhodes was the closest defender to Adams on 16 targets last season, which Adams turned into 12 receptions, 124 yards and two touchdowns.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings inactives: Pat Elflein (knee), Mackensie Alexander (elbow), Ben Gedeon (groin), Mike Hughes, Jalyn Holmes, Oli Udoh, Armon Watts.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings seem to like what they're seeing from Hercules Mata'afa as he's active over Jalyn Holmes for a second week in a row. Mike Zimmer said during the preseason that they wanted Mata'afa in the game when they're in nickel, which is where we've seen him so far most of the early part of 2019. Zimmer's evaluation on Mata'afa from last week: "“He had three really good rushes and there's one thing he's got to work on a little bit more as far as finishing as far as to get the sacks."

Why Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts' sounds different in Green Bay (3:01)
Cruz: Vikings weapons will lead them to win over Packers (0:56)

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kirk Cousins on how throwing 10 passes against Atlanta allowed the Vikings to hold back exposing the playbook, which might help them keep Green Bay off balance. "I think there's some value in that. I think any time you can provide mystery to what you do as offense, it can't hurt. Hopefully it does keep them off balance. Maybe we showed a lot of run plays and now they can stop those, but who knows."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Even with the unlikelihood that the Vikings will routinely run 38 times per game, will this offense still possess a run-first mentality? "It depends," Dalvin Cook said. "Whatever Coach Stefanski dials up, that's what it is. Whatever Coach Zim wants, that's what it is. Week to week, it's going to be a different game plan. Teams might try to come stop the run, but it's kind of hard with the guys that we have on this team that can make plays, with the guys at wide out and tight end and stuff like that. It's kind of hard defending us."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Playing against Aaron Rodgers this early in the season always serves as a way for the Vikings to gauge the strength of their pass rush. His mobility, escapability are unique challenges, and it may serve as a way for Minnesota's defensive line to learn where their strengths and weaknesses are to carry forward against other QBs with similar traits this season. "You have to be careful with the way you rush him because he has the mobility to get out and when he gets out a lot of bad things can happen," coach Mike Zimmer said. "We have to be guarded in our rush. We have to understand our rush plan and how we're going to do it. It's not just lay our ears back and go with him because he's too dangerous when he gets out of the pocket. We have to try to maintain our lanes and then we have to be tight in coverage. He's very, very good at getting the ball quickly out of his hands and down the seams. He's got a great arm. And he sees things very well. He's doing a lot of checking at the line of scrimmage. We are going to have to play really, really good."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer notes the changes in the Packers defense starts with the fact that they've added 'some better players' via free agency and the draft: "A lot of those guys – the two Smith's, the two outside linebackers are both really good players. Had a lot of pressures last week. I like the safety that they drafted in the first round. The corner that they took a year ago, (Jaire) Alexander, who's another guy that we liked, is a very competitive kids. They added a safety from Chicago, (Adrian) Amos. I think they've added a lot of good players. They gave a lot of different looks last week. Played with a lot of DBs. We'll just have to see what they do against us."

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Team Stats

Passing Yards160.031st
Rushing Yards185.0Tied-2nd
Points For22.0Tied-12th
Points Against16.57th