Minnesota Vikings Best and Worst: Week 3 vs. Tennessee Titans

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Justin Jefferson
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Justin Jefferson /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 27: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings gets hit by Jeffery Simmons #98 of the Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Tennessee Titans defeated the Minnesota Vikings 31-30.(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) /

More Bad Things

One thing you can’t do against a good team is to turn the ball over. The Minnesota Vikings gave the ball to the Titans three times in this game, which is completely unacceptable and hard to come back from.

One of those turnovers was a fumble by Dalvin Cook when he landed awkwardly on his fullback C.J. Ham and the ball came loose. Otherwise, it was a poor decision from Kirk Cousins that led to the first interception and the second came from a hail mary attempt at the end of the game.

Other bad things from Week 3

  • Allowing big plays. For the most part, the Vikings were good against the run. However, there were big plays that ate up the yardage for the Titans and made drives easier. Kalif Raymond had a 61-yard catch and run, Corey Davis had one for 38, Adam Humphries for 23, and Jonnu Smith for 21. When four plays account of 143 yards of offense, that’s too many big chunks.
  • Dumb penalties. There weren’t a lot of penalties in this game, but the ones that were called were hurtful. An illegal block by Irv Smith Jr. and Chad Beebe both were big in field position when keeping drives alive or trying to set up a field goal. Those need to be cleaned up.
  • What the heck? The offensive line for the Vikings looked serviceable for a bit during this game, but then completely disappeared on the team’s final drive of the game. Kirk Cousins had absolutely no chance behind that line and it got even worse with a weird snap from Garrett Bradbury that went right past the quarterback.

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While it stinks to see the Minnesota Vikings lose another game and drop to 0-3 on the season, at least this game offered some positives and was much less painful to watch compared to the first to games of the season.