Cousins and Son Make Dramatic Entrance
In an attempt to rally the crowd and his team, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, accompanied by his son, made a grand entrance before the game. Both ripped off their shirts, much to the delight of the fans in attendance.
Disappointing Outcome for Minnesota
Despite the pregame theatrics, Cousins and the Vikings were unable to secure a victory. The Packers emerged victorious, defeating the Vikings with a score of 33-10. This loss brought the Vikings’ season record to 7-9.
Quarterback Change for the Vikings
During the game, Vikings quarterback Jaren Hall was benched in favor of Nick Mullens after the team fell behind 23-3. Head coach Kevin O’Connell explained, “There were some things execution-wise, some things progression-wise, just some play calls here and there that we just had to get everybody, give ourselves a chance.” Hall had a tough outing, completing only five of his ten pass attempts for 67 yards. He also threw an interception and lost a fumble.
Playoff Possibilities Still Alive
Despite the disappointing loss, the Vikings still have a slim chance of making the playoffs. To keep their hopes alive, they will need to defeat the Lions in Week 18 and rely on multiple teams losing their final games of the season. The team will evaluate who will start at quarterback against the Lions.
While the pregame hype by Kirk Cousins and his son brought excitement to the crowd, it wasn’t enough to secure a victory for the Vikings. With their playoff aspirations hanging by a thread, the team will need to regroup and give their all in their upcoming game against the Lions.