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After Kirk Cousins underthrew
Sep 18, 19, 11:42:42 PM
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, one of 10 failures to move the chains out of 11 third-down plays for Minnesota, two of the team's best players engaged in an animated and heated discussion on the sideline as the Vikings frustratingly settled for a field goal right before halftime.A duo that connected on 113 passes for 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns in its first year together was struggling, again, in a late-season game to get in sync.The Vikings never found their rhythm, again, against that daunting Chicago defense. The latest flop by this expensive and decorated offense sealed their fate as a team that didn't make the playoffs, following a 24-10 defeat by the Bears on Sunday."I love our group of guys, and we weren't ready for it to end," Cousins said, "but unfortunately it's over for this year."The Vikings (8-7-1) punted on their first five possessions, finally getting a first down with six minutes remaining in the first half. They finished with a season-low 164 yards and took four sacks. For the third time in five December games, against playoff-bound New England, Seattle and Chicago, the Vikings had just one touchdown.Cousins, who signed an $84 million
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, three-year, fully guaranteed contract after leaving Washington as a free agent, finished with a career-high 30 touchdown passes and a career-best 70.1 completion percentage. He passed for 4,298 yards, topping the 4,000-yard mark for a fourth straight season.Considering the situation he entered, though, after the Vikings reached the NFC championship game a year ago, the overall assessment of his debut in purple will lean toward disappointment. The only team the Vikings beat this season that made the playoffs was Philadelphia, which ironically leapfrogged them on the last day with a 24-0 win over the Redskins."I don't have a menu in front of me of all the tough losses," Cousins said. "I'll tell you it's not the first. It won't be the last. It's a part of the journey. You play in this league long enough, you're going to get kicked in the teeth. It's going to happen. Tough times don't last. Tough people do, right? I have a lot of intestinal fortitude."The Vikings didn't exhibit much of that until their drive late in the second quarter, after falling behind 13-0.Cousins went deep down the middle for Thielen on third-and-5, when a facemask penalty by Deon Bush on Thielen during the incompletion gave the Vikings the ball at the Chicago 31. Dalvin Cook dropped a short second-down throw, when Cousins and Cook had a miscommunication about the path of the route and the timing of the pass. Then on third-and-6
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, Cousins threw toward the sideline. The ball hit the turf at the 6, after Thielen had widened his route behind Kyle Fuller in attempt to reach the front corner of the end zone.A few seconds later, the TV cameras captured Thielen yelling at Cousins on the sideline. Cousins shouted back, "Hey, I don't have 10 seconds!" Then once Thielen was calmer, Cousins was seen acting out how he expected Thielen to adjust his route in order to get open for the ball."Adam's my guy. He's the best, and I want to have more of those conversations," Cousins said. "I actually liked the passion back and forth."Thielen agreed."It definitely wasn't anything with Kirk," Thielen said, "and it actually turned out to be a really good conversation. We talked a lot about what I could have done better and on what we could have done in the second half to exploit their defense."Though Thielen and Diggs became just the seventh pair of teammates to each post 100-plus receptions in the same season, the Vikings finished in the bottom half of the league in far too many statistical categories."That's something we were trying to find the entire year, what this offense is and how we can be successful," Thielen said. "There were glimpses of it this entire season, but you have to be consistent in this league. Individually I wasn't consistent, and this offense wasn't consistent enough to win." Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay is enjoying the spoils of his phenomenal rookie season even though the cast on his right wrist will keep him out of the Pro Bowl this weekend.Lindsay is serving as a social media correspondent for the NFL at the league's annual all-star game in Orlando, Florida.At first
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, it appeared that hard luck would continue into the new year for the former University of Colorado star who was excluded from the combine, snubbed in the draft and injured in Week 16.The first undrafted rookie ever to earn a Pro Bowl selection, Lindsay really wanted to attend the Pro Bowl but because his injury would sideline him, the league couldn't foot the bill and NFL rules also prevented the Broncos from picking up the tab.So, the NFL and the Broncos worked out a deal for the league to pick up Lindsay's travel expenses in exchange for him posting videos and photos from the Pro Bowl on its social media pages."They have a lot of different events for me to do, so there's a lot of cool, unique things that are going to happen with me throughout the time in Florida, so stay tuned," Lindsay said while attending the Panini Rookie Appreciation event in Los Angeles last week.That was another of the benefits Lindsay has enjoyed after proving the league's talent evaluators and all 32 teams wrong for bypassing him last April."It's a surreal feeling to see yourself on a card," Lindsay said after signing his autograph on thousands of them.Providing the Broncos with a rough-and-tumble identity and the league with one of its best feel-good stories of the season, Lindsay rushed for 1,037 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018 after spending the first half of the season as a backup to Royce Freeman, a third-round draft pick out of Oregon.Lindsay became the first undrafted offensive player to earn a Pro Bowl selection and only the third undrafted running back to top 1,000 yards before his right wrist injury at Oakland on Christmas Eve left him 67 yards shy of the rookie rushing record set by Dominic Rhodes of the Indianapolis Colts in 2001.More importantly, it threatened to keep him from going to the Pro Bowl.Now, the league is paying for his travels and he gets to hang out with his fellow stars
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, including teammate Chris Harris Jr., another player who was unwanted but undaunted after going undrafted."And on top of that, I get to experience it and have fun with Von Miller," Lindsay said. "One day he'll be a Hall of Famer. It's a special moment for me and a special moment for my family."While at the Panini America gathering with fellow star rookies, Lindsay said he ran into several NFL prospects as they prepared for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl."Some of them have stopped me and asked about" making it in the NFL, Lindsay said. "The advice I give is different for different people but obviously this goes out for everybody is you've got to go out there and earn it. It comes down to heart."While Lindsay was excited about his side gig, he wants to return to the Pro Bowl as a participant.He said his recovery is going well and that none of the tiny bones in his wrist were cracked, as first feared."It looked bad. It looked like it should have been ligaments and bones. But it was just ligaments. So, they put them back together, reconstructed it and now it's all about healing," Lindsay said. "I have a cast on it, so nothing really hinders me from doing anything. I can run, I can work out. I just can't use my right arm right now."I don't like giving timelines because everybody's body's different. But I'm working hard, and my goal is to be ready by the first day of camp."
After Kirk Cousins underthrew
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