So what occurred the earlier two occasions the Vikings began 3-0 in opposition to the NFC North?
They received the division.
It occurred in 2009 when the Vikings received their first 5 division video games. And it occurred once more in 2015.
After Sunday’s 29-22 win over Chicago at US Financial institution Stadium, the Vikings are once more 3-0 within the NFC North.
“It is an awesome begin, and that is it,” quarterback Kirk Cousins stated.
The Vikings are 4-1 general and in sole possession of first place within the NFC North as a result of Inexperienced Bay (3-2) misplaced 27-22 to the New York Giants on Sunday in London.
It should be stated that every one three of Minnesota’s division wins have come at dwelling, the earlier two over the Packers and Detroit. However first-year head coach Kevin O’Connell had identified that the three early-season video games have been essential.
“We talked loads with our staff in coaching camp about how we will get three possibilities to play in the perfect dwelling setting within the NFL in opposition to divisional groups to start out the season,” O’Connell stated. “Let’s make sure that we use that. So I am happy with our guys for doing that.”
When the schedule was launched final Might, the Vikings have been stunned that they’d play all three of their NFC North dwelling video games initially of the season and all three of their division street video games on the finish of the season, together with video games on June 1. January in Inexperienced Bay and on January 8. In Chicago. With that in thoughts, Cousins is aware of it should be an extended street.
“We will be speaking each week right here till January, and that is the place it actually issues, we now have to complete properly,” he stated. “However it’s an awesome begin, and we now have to construct on it.”
COOK IS ‘GROUND CONTROL’
Vikings operating again Dalvin Cook dinner has apparently recovered properly from the shoulder separation suffered on Sept. 25 in opposition to Detroit.
Cook dinner once more carried 20 occasions for 76 yards in a 28-25 win over New Orleans on Oct. 2 in London. On Sunday he had 18 makes an attempt for 94 yards and rushed for 2 touchdowns.
Requested if he had absolutely recovered from his shoulder harm, Cook dinner stated: “We’re taking part in soccer.” He was extra expansive when requested about his efficiency on Sunday.
“I am simply right here to be floor management, man,” he stated. “That is who I’m. I am floor management, man. I make sure that the bottom is nice. I really feel like we did an awesome job.”
Cook dinner additionally caught two passes for 27 yards. He was on the receiving finish of a flea flicker within the second quarter when Cousins threw a lateral to Justin Jefferson, and the large receiver threw a 23-yard move to Cook dinner down the precise facet.
“I adore it,” stated Jefferson. “It is a chance for me to point out my arm a bit of bit. I want I had scored.”
Vikings rookie operating again Ty Chandler was lively for the primary time Sunday however suffered a damaged thumb on particular groups within the third quarter. O’Connell stated it stays to be seen how lengthy he shall be out.
O’Connell stated rookie cornerback Akayleb Evans was in concussion protocol after Sunday’s recreation. He stated the Vikings “will completely comply with all the pieces from a protocol standpoint” and do “no matter is totally within the participant’s greatest curiosity.”
THE CINEMA IS BACK
Injured Vikings rookie security Lewis Cine returned to the Twin Cities on Saturday evening from London, and O’Connell hopes to get him again quickly on the TCO Efficiency Middle.
Cine suffered a compound fracture in his decrease left leg in opposition to the Saints and remained in London to bear season-ending surgical procedure two days later. O’Connell stated Cine instructed him on Saturday that he deliberate to observe Sunday’s recreation on tv.
“He is doing properly,” O’Connell stated. “She is in an excellent temper.”
Vikings rookie cornerback Andrew Sales space Jr., who was listed as questionable for Sunday’s recreation, was inactive. Sales space stated it was a game-time resolution and that he’ll return subsequent Sunday in Miami after lacking 4 video games.
“I will be prepared subsequent week,” stated Sales space, injured within the Sept. 11 opener in opposition to the Packers. “We simply wished to be good.”
Additionally inactive for Minnesota have been large receiver Jalen Nailor (hamstring), offensive linemen Chris Reed and Vederian Lowe, defensive linemen Khyiris Tonga and Esezi Otomewo and operating again Luiji Vilain.