Minnesota Vikings Best and Worst: Week 6 vs. Atlanta Falcons

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Oct 18, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) prepares to throw a pass as Atlanta Falcons linebacker Edmond Robinson (46) rushes during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
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More Bad Things

Oh boy. This could be a very long section, but instead, the focus will be on some of the worst things instead of those that are just disappointing. Everything the Minnesota Vikings did outside of garbage time was just plain not good.

Three interceptions from Kirk Cousins in the first half helped to dig a hole the team could not escape from. His final stat line looks okay with 343 yards and three touchdowns, but the game wasn’t really competitive for much of his production.

Other bad things from Week 5

  • Staring down receivers. The interceptions were bad, but telegraphing your passes is terrible. The cause of those turnovers was not looking off defenders and allowing the Falcons defense to know exactly where the ball was going. Cousins is better than to let that happen.
  • Can’t run the football. Without Dalvin Cook, this team is pathetic on the ground. Alexander Mattison ran the ball ten times for 26 yards with Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone combining for six yards on three attempts. Averaging 2.5 yards per carry won’t get it done.
  • Stopping Atlanta. Minnesota allowed the Falcons to convert nine of their 17 third-down attempts, keeping their drives alive. Even worse, Matt Ryan and company converted all three of their conversion attempts on fourth down.

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What do you think were the worst things to come from the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6 against the Atlanta Falcons? And do you think there were any positives to take away from the game on Sunday? Let us know in the comments.