When these two faced off in Week 1, we were anticipating a preview of a match up in this year's playoffs. Both teams we're coming off late playoff losses in 2019 to the San Francisco 49ers. Even the first matchup this season between these two was promising. While the Packers went up 22-10 at half, the Vikings scored 24 in the fourth quarter to at least close the gap. They ultimately lost 43-34 in a shootout game.
The problem for the Vikings is that those losses kept piling on. The only game they've won this season is against the lowly Houston Texans who didn't have any wins at the time. The Texans subsequently fired their head coach and are similarly having a disappointing, likely rebuilding, season after a great run in the playoffs in 2019 like the Vikings. Minnesota even lost to the Atlanta Falcons in their last game after they fired their head coach and previously didn't have a win on the season. So what's going on?
Well, a couple of things. First, this defense is not playing up to their own high standards that they've set over the past few seasons. They're averaging 33 points against in their first six games and the lowest they've given up in a game is 27. That is when they lost to the Seahawks 27-26 when they got stuffed on fourth down with the lead to run out the clock. Then the defense let Russell Wilson drive down the field in under a minute to score the winning touchdown.
The other problem is Kirk Cousins. When Dalvin Cook is at 100 percent, the Vikings' game plan can shine where they run the football efficiently so they can pass the ball even averagely. That's happened enough this season but Cousins hasn't been holding up his end of the deal. He is the 28th ranked QB out of 31 starters for average QB in the league.
He threw three picks in the first half of the Falcons game effectively putting them out of the game early. He has 11 touchdowns compared to 10 interceptions. The later stat ranks for 31st in the NFL. In the offseason Cousins signed a two-year $66 million extension to stay with the Vikings. He's going to have to turn it around quick if he's going to stay past those two years.
What TV Channel is Vikings-Packers on?
Vikings-Packers will be shown on FOX at 1:00 p.m. ET. You can live stream NFL Games on fuboTV.