10 quick thoughts on the Vikings loss to the Eagles in Week 2

(Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /
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A week after opening the 2022 season with a big win, the Minnesota Vikings were clobbered by the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night.

After the Minnesota Vikings gave their fans more than a week to enjoy their win over the Green Bay Packers in the regular-season opener, the purple and gold dropped the ball on Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

From the opening drive of the matchup, the Eagles seemed like the better team, and they eventually handed the Vikings a 24-7 loss. With Monday night’s result, Minnesota’s record now drops to 1-1 this season.

Before we dive deep into the Vikings‘ loss, what are a few quick things we learned from Monday?

Quick thoughts on the Vikings loss to the Eagles

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(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Justin Jefferson /

Jefferson brought back down to earth: In Week 1, we saw Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson light the NFL on fire with an electrifying performance.

On Monday, Philadelphia clearly had a plan to stop him, and for the most part, it worked. Jefferson was targeted 12 times against the Eagles, but he only caught six passes for 48 yards.

Bad Cousins made an appearance: Kirk Cousins didn’t do much to help Minnesota in the first half on Monday. But in the second half, his performance went into the toilet.

Cousins threw three interceptions in the second half as he was forcing throws left and right. Against Philadelphia on Monday, the Vikings quarterback completed just 58.7 percent of his throws for 221 yards (4.8 yards per attempt), no touchdowns, and three interceptions.

It was easily one of Cousins’ worst performances he’s ever had in a Minnesota uniform.