3 biggest overreactions to the Vikings loss to the Bengals in Week 1

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The refs robbed a win away from Minnesota

Following the Vikings’ loss on Sunday, there has been a lot of complaining about the performance of the game officials, especially with their decision to not overturn Dalvin Cook’s fumble in overtime.

After Cook coughed up the football in the overtime period, the refs spent a significant amount of time looking at the replays to determine if there was conclusive evidence to overturn the fumble. In the end, they decided that there wasn’t, and this eventually led to the Bengals kicking a field goal to win the matchup.

Whether someone agrees with the call or not, this decision shouldn’t be looked at as the one thing that directly resulted in Minnesota losing on Sunday.

Had the Vikings not been penalized 12 times or given up 149 rushing yards, then they probably don’t even need an overtime period to attempt to get a win in the first place.

So people can go ahead and point the finger at the refs for not overturning Cook’s fumble if they want, but make sure that finger is also used to point at the majority of Minnesota’s roster for the other mistakes that had a larger impact on Sunday’s result.