3 silver linings from the Vikings’ loss to the Chiefs in Week 9

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Xavier Rhodes
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Despite a tough loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9, there are still some silver linings the Minnesota Vikings can take away from their performance.

Against a good team on the road, the Minnesota Vikings rarely come out with a win and quarterback Kirk Cousins never does. Cousins and the Vikings had a chance to walk away with a victory last Sunday in Kansas City but they came up just short against the Chiefs.

The fact that Minnesota only lost by three points is what makes the result extra tough to swallow. The game was there for the taking and the Vikings couldn’t make enough plays late in the matchup to get the win.

Minnesota had issues in all three facets of the game on Sunday. Cousins was erratic, but he didn’t get a ton of help from the play-calling of Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski. Minnesota’s defense played well at times, but they did give up a rare 91-yard touchdown run.

Then there was Dan Bailey, who reverted back to his old self, by missing a key extra point that ended up changing the dynamic of the final minutes of the game. His kicking cohort, punter Britton Colquitt, also had a horrible shank in the fourth quarter that basically put Kansas City in field goal range to win the game. It was a complete team failure.

That being said, there were still some positives to come out of Sunday’s result for the Vikings. They were hard to find, but a few good things were actually able to emerge for Minnesota in Week 9.