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Minnesota Vikings come out on top in the NFL’s game of the year 

By: Abby Altman

Image taken from: @jjettas2 on instagram 

*NOTE: This article was written prior to the game against the Cowboys

Last Sunday’s noon matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills will go down as one of the best regular season games that the NFL has ever seen. Kirk Cousins, also known as “The Noon Nightmare”, led the Vikings to yet another show stopping 4th quarter comeback this week, earning yet another 1 score win. 

“Frauds” and “Pretenders” are just some words that will not be following the Vikings name anymore. 

After a very sloppy 1st half, the Vikings found themselves down by 14 at halftime. 

In the 3rd quarter, the Vikings still did not appear to be playing their best football. Minnesota went almost the entire quarter scoring 0 points, and giving up 3. With 1:48 left in the 3rd quarter, Dalvin Cook rushed for an 81 yard touchdown up the side to make it a 10 point game. 

Going into the 4th quarter down by 10, Kirk Cousins is arguably the 1st QB you’d want on your team. This season, Cousins has led the team to 5 4th quarter comebacks, and is 7-0 in 1 score games. Last season, the Vikings finished 6-8 in 1 score games. 

The 4th quarter was one that will likely not be forgotten for a very long time. 

Minnesota’s defense stepped up big time for this 4th quarter comeback. 

Patrick Peterson showed up with an interception in the end zone on 4th and 2, running it back to the 35 yard line. 

Minnesota’s offense then responded with a long drive capped off with fullback CJ Ham’s first touchdown in 5 years. The touchdown put the Vikings down by 4 with 4:34 left in the game. Kicker Greg Joseph then missed the extra point, putting the Vikings in a position where a field goal would not suffice, and a TD would be necessary to win. 

The defense once again stepped up big, with Harrison Smith breaking up a pass to Stefon Diggs on 4th and 15. 

On the next drive, Cousins was sacked 2 plays in a row, setting up Minnesota with 4th and 18 with 2:14 on the clock. 

At their own 27 yard line, the Vikings were forced to go for it. Cousins sent a pass deep downfield, hitting Justin Jefferson at the Buffalo 40 yard line. 

Jefferson took that opportunity to make one of the best catches ever made. Jefferson jumped up in double coverage, grabbing the ball with 1 hand while fighting off Buffalo’s Cam Lewis, who had 2 hands wrapped around the ball. Jefferson managed to bring in the ball, and transfer it to his other hand without losing control. 

“One of the more remarkable catches I’ve ever seen,” said Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell, “He’s such a special, special player. I’m really proud of the way Justin has battled all season long against a lot of different looks and a lot of different coverages.”

This catch was the first of multiple miracles for the Vikings. 

The Vikings drove downfield, and had the ball at 1st and goal at the 3 yard line. Things then went south for Minnesota. 

On 1st down, Cousins was tripped up behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 5 yards. On 3rd down, Cousins completed a catch to Jefferson, who appeared to break the goal line at first, but was later ruled down at the ½ yard line. 

On 4th and 1, Cousins passed to Cook on the side, who was unable to make the catch. However, offsides by the Bills gave the Vikings a repeat 4th down, where they opted for the QB sneak. 

Cousins was ruled short of the endzone, and the ball was turned over to Buffalo with 44 seconds left in the game. 

The Bills received the ball on the 1 yard line. Unwilling to take the safety and risk a Hail Mary, Buffalo decided to have QB Josh Allen run the ball out of the endzone. Allen, however, fumbled the ball on the snap. This was miracle #2 for Minnesota. 

Erik Kendricks recovered the fumble in the endzone, for a Vikings touchdown. Minnesota took a 3 point lead, with 37 seconds left in the game. 

Buffalo did not forget that they have one of the best offenses in the league. Allen connected with Gabe Davis downfield to set up a 29 yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining. 

The field goal tied the score and sent the game into overtime. 

Minnesota won the coin toss, and although they had an impressive drive downfield, they were unable to get the touchdown. The Vikings settled for a 33 yard field goal by Greg Joseph, and put the defense on the field to win the game. 

Josh Allen and the Bills offense drove downfield, and got into field goal range easily. Josh Allen threw 2 passes into the endzone from the 25 yard line. The first pass, intended for TE Dawson Knox was broken up by Duke Shelly, who joined the Vikings active roster the day before the game. 

The second pass was miracle #3. 

Patrick Peterson made his 2nd interception of the game, picking off Josh Allen in the endzone, and securing the win for Minnesota. 

Bills QB Josh Allen blamed himself for the loss, after multiple turnovers. 

“Losing sucks,” Allen told reporters. “Sucks this way even worse. Horrendous second half. I’ve got to be better. I’ve got to be better … It’s on me. Can’t have that.”

Although coming into this game with a better record than Buffalo, Minnesota was seen as a heavy underdog. The win secured the Vikings as a legit threat in many eyes, and moved Minnesota way up in most rankings. 

Clearly, this win wasn’t an easy one for Minnesota, but not just because of the comeback. The refs were not making good calls, and several of them could have cost Minnesota the game. 

The most important missed call by the refs came late in the 4th quarter, just before Buffalo made the game tying field goal. On a 20 yard pass to Gabe Davis, the refs failed to call for a review on the completion. The catch then set up the field goal leading to overtime. 

The NFL later stated that the catch should have been reviewed, as it was within the final 2 minutes and couldn’t be challenged. The NFL also stated that had it been reviewed, the catch would have been overturned, as Davis did not keep control when he made contact with the ground. 

With 5:27 left in overtime, the refs missed another crucial call. With the Vikings in the red zone, Dalvin Cook rushed up the side, and was tackled for a 3 yard loss. On that play, Buffalo had 12 defensive men on the field. This should have resulted in 1st and 1 for Minnesota, but was instead 2nd and 5. The Vikings were later forced to make a FG. 

While it is unrealistic to expect the refs to notice everything, there were several other missed calls that impacted the game. Minnesota was able to overcome these odds and won the game.

This game extends Minnesota’s win streak to 7, and Buffalo’s losing streak to 2. The Vikings are sitting comfortably atop the NFC North with a significant lead over the 4-6 Packers. 

The Bills, however, fall into 3rd place in the AFC East, behind the Dolphins and the Jets. This comes as a surprise to many, as Buffalo was largely the expected winner of the division. 

Next week Minnesota heads home to host the Dallas Cowboys while Buffalo stays home to host the Browns. 

Fantasy football studs and duds – through week 7

By: Toby Martin-Kohls

Stud: Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

Saquon came into the season coming off a poor 2021 season that saw him play in only 13 games while injuring his ankle and getting placed into the NFL’s COVID protocol. He averaged a career-low 3.7 yards per carry and only scored 2 touchdowns in 13 regular season games. He also lost his first NFL fumble.

This season he has looked like he’s back into his first two seasons’ form when he had back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. So far, in 2022, he is averaging a career-best 5.1 ypc and 104 rushing yards per game.

His ADP (average draft position) on ESPN this season was 22, as the RB8 overall. Through 7 weeks he has scored 137 fantasy points, good for RB2 on the year, only trailing Chargers RB Austin Ekeler. According to oddsmakers, Barkley is the current favorite to take home the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award.

Dud: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts

Jonathan Taylor was largely the consensus No.1 pick in most fantasy drafts this season. Coming off a monster year where he was the best player in fantasy, he has disappointed a lot of managers this year. Last year he played in all 17 regular season games, rushing for over 1,800 yards and 18 touchdowns. He scored 369 fantasy points on the year, good for an average of 21.7ppg.

Because of his scarce injury history, and the Colts’ willingness to run the ball, he was considered the consensus No. 1 pick this year. An ankle injury has forced him to miss two weeks this year, but even before that, he was underperforming. He currently sits with 62 fantasy points, as the overall RB31. 

Stud: Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders

Josh Jacobs has certainly surprised owners this year, finally breaking out, as he is sitting at RB4 on the year. Throughout his 4-year NFL career, he has been a solid, but not an overly spectacular choice for fantasy managers. Coming into this season there were questions around a timeshare with backup running backs Kenyan Drake, Ameer Abdullah, and rookie Zamir White. Jacobs has proven that he is the superior back and the Raiders with continue to feed him the ball.

Jacobs has been red hot the past 3 weeks, averaging over 30 points per game. Jacobs just became the third player in Raiders franchise history to record 150 scrimmage yards and score a TD in three consecutive games, joining Marcus Allen from 1985, and Clem Daniels from 1966. Jacobs is a locked and loaded RB1 for the rest of the season.

Dud: Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons

I think the whole fantasy community can agree that Pitts is one of the biggest busts that hurts this fantasy season. Coming into the season, he was being thought of and drafted as the TE3 behind only Mark Andrews and Travis Kelce. On average, he was being drafted around the 3rd/4th round turn in 12-team PPR (point per reception) leagues.

After becoming only the second rookie TE ever in NFL history to have a 1,000-yard season, expectations were high. However, it is clear that the Falcons are a run-first team right now and that head coach Arthur Smith does not trust his starting QB, Marcus Mariota, to throw the ball many times per game.

The Falcons are currently 2nd to last in the league in passing yards per game with only 1,062 yards on the year for an average of 152 yards per game. Pitts is borderline droppable at this point except for perhaps deeper leagues, and only because of his uber talent and upside at the weak TE position. 

Musket game review from the student section

By: Ayamei Her

Image taken from: hpsh_football

During the first quarter the Highland Scots weren’t doing too good, the Central Minutemen were up 7 and the Scots were at 0 points.  A lot of the students had hoped that the Scots would soon catch up and win the musket this year, and the Highland student section never failed to cheer on the football team and keep things lively and exciting to keep up the hope that we would catch up to the Minutemen. 

Image taken from: hpsh_football

When the second quarter started, the Scots were still down points and some of the students were losing hope in our team and hoping that the Scots would be able to bounce back and keep our musket.

Halftime came along and students were talking about how they did not know if the football team will be able to keep up with the Minutemen, but the student section didn’t give up on cheering for our team to give them the extra motivation to keep going and win the game.

After halftime, and at the start of 3rd quarter, the Scots were bouncing back and starting to score points, and eventually they started to catch up to the Minutemen.

Halfway through the 3rd quarter, the Scots and the Minutemen were close putting 14-7 on the board. 

Image taken from: hpsh_football

As the student section was cheering the team on, the Scots were doing better and better as the clock was ticking during the fourth quarter. At this point, we were now 17-14 giving us a leg up and giving our students more excitement, and a heavy rush of thrill and adrenaline, hoping that we could keep our score and win this big game.

At the end of the game, when the winning point was scored, the student section was proud with joy and excitement for this is the 4th year in a row that the Highland Scots won the musket game!

NFL concussion protocol

By: Abby Altman

Image taken from: Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

A concussion can vary from extremely mild to extremely severe. According to the Mayo Clinic, long term effects after a severe concussion can include: memory problems, trouble concentrating, personality and mood changes, and even depression. These symptoms are just some of the reasons why concussions are so dangerous, especially in a game where head on collisions are so common. The NFL concussion protocol was created in 2011, to try and limit severe head trauma for players in the future. 

In week 3 against the Bills, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went down with a hard hit to the head. Tua struggled to stand after the hit, and appeared to have a clear head injury. Tua was adamant, however, that he sustained a back injury. 

The NFL Players Union stated that they would be meeting to discuss the NFL concussion protocol after Tagovailoa returned in the second half to finish the game. 

On Thursday., against the Bengals in week 4, Tagovailoa went down once again after a hard hit to the head. The Dolphins quarterback was carted off the field with signs of what appeared to be severe head trauma. 

“It was a scary moment,” Dolphins Coach Mike McDaniel said. “He was evaluated for a concussion and he’s in the concussion protocol. He was at the hospital. I believe he’s about to get discharged.” 

Fans and fellow players all over the league are upset that Tagovailoa was able to return to the game on Sunday, let alone suit up to play on Thursday. 

So, what is the NFL concussion protocol? And is it working? 

The NFL states that a sports related concussion is a “traumatic brain injury induced by biomechanical forces.” 

A hit anywhere that can transmit force to the head can be cause for a player to enter concussion protocol. eg. head, neck, and back. 

There are many employees on the field, such as unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants (UNCs) and athletic trainers. These professionals are stationed along the sidelines, and can advise the team physician to call for a concussion evaluation at any sign of head trauma. 

If called into the concussion protocol, a player will first be examined on the sidelines, and if signs of a concussion are observed, the player will be moved into the locker room for further evaluation. If brought into the locker room, a player cannot return to the game. 

Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins said that his instability last Sunday was caused by a back injury. Tagovailoa passed his concussion test that day and continued to pass further tests in the following days, which is why he was allowed to play on Thursday night.

However, a protocol cannot give all the answers. Watching the injury take place, and the moments that followed, there is some room for common sense to be applied. He had clearly hit his head hard. Tagovailoa had to be held up by his teammates when he could not stand on his own. He even shook his head to attempt to clear it. These are not common signs of a back injury. 

Several NFL players tweeted towards the NFL regarding how the situation with Tagovailoa was handled. 

Former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III said “The bottom line regarding Tua is LIFE is bigger than football. Teams should always put the person before the player. Health before competitive advantage. Putting Tua out there isn’t just a player safety issue. It’s a quality of life issue.”

NFL hall of famer Shannon Sharpe says he believes that the Dolphins organization is lying about Tua injuring his back, rather than his head. Sharpe also said that he believes Tua should have never been able to take the field on Thursday. 

The NFL has built one of the largest fan bases in sports, and part of the fan base is built around celebrating hard tackles and big hits. 

This has raised concern that the NFL is more concerned with money and keeping its viewership, rather than the safety of its players. 

While the Dolphins staff assured everyone that proper concussion protocol was followed regarding Tua Tagovailoa on Sunday, there are still lots of angry viewers who want an explanation on why Tua was able to play after sustaining such an injury. 

After a brain trauma, even the slightest hit to the head can cause even more severe issues if it has not yet healed. By allowing Tagovailoa to suit up on Thursday, the Dolphins organization put their QB into a very dangerous position. 

Tagovailoa flew home with the Dolphins following his discharge from the hospital on Thursday and appears to be doing just fine. He will not play in Week 5, but there is no current timeline for his return. 

On Saturday, October 1st, 2 days after Tagovailoa exited the game, the Dolphins UNC was fired after making “several mistakes” regarding Tua’s condition. 

Since Tagovailoa’s injury, the NFL has released a joint statement with the players union regarding upcoming changes to its protocol. 

The NFL and players union discussed the loophole that allows players to stumble and demonstrate gross motor instability to return to the game if a doctor deems the cause to be something other than a head injury. This loophole will be closed from now on, and if a player demonstrates symptoms like these, they will be out for the remainder of the game. 

The new NFL protocol has not been finalized, but there are many new pieces to be discussed within the NFL, the players, the coaches, and doctors around the league. 

In a league such as the NFL, a player is most likely going to push for playing time, regardless of their personal health. Many coaches will also push for their athletes to play, against doctor’s beliefs. This is why it is so important to have a protocol that has the wellbeing and safety of players in mind, rather than viewership and money for the league. 

There are potential issues that can accompany a new protocol. If a player stumbles when getting up after a hard hit, this will likely be deemed as gross motor instability, and cause him to be removed from the game. If a player is, however, unstable due to another injury, the removal from the game could cause issues within organizations. 

It is difficult to find the line between necessary safety precautions in the NFL, and places where it’s just not possible to control how safe a game with full on tackling can be. 

No matter how airtight the concussion protocol is, judgment calls will still need to be made regarding the safety of each and every NFL player. 

Sports schedule for: Oct 10-15

ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: OCTOBER 10 – OCTOBER 15
MONDAYOCTOBER 10 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm Volleyball vs. WashingtonHOME
TUESDAYOCTOBER 11
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:15pm / 8:15pmVolleyball vs. North St. PaulNorth St. Paul High School
WEDNESDAYOCTOBER 12
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
TBD Boys Soccer SectionsTBD
TBD Girls Soccer SectionsTBD
THURSDAYOCTOBER 13
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:45pm / 8:15pmVolleyball vs. CentralCentral High School
FRIDAYOCTOBER 14
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:15pm2:45pm / 6:15pmGirls Swimming and Diving vs. CentralHumboldt High School
SATURDAYOCTOBER 15
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
8:00am7:00am / 2:30pmJV / C-Squad Volleyball TournamentHarding High School
9:00am7:00am / 3:00pmVolleyball TournamentBenilde St. Margaret’s
1:00pm Football vs. North St. PaulHOME

Sports schedule for: Oct 3-8

 ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: OCTOBER 3 – OCTOBER 8
MONDAYOCTOBER 3 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
3:30pm Tennis Sections vs. HardingHOME
4:00pm / 4:00pm 6:00pm Boys Soccer vs. SimleyHOME
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:45pm / 8:15pmVolleyball vs. Como ParkComo Park High School
6:00pm4:30pm / 8:00pmJV Football vs. Como ParkComo Park High School
TUESDAYOCTOBER 4
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:00pm / 7:00pm3:30pm / 6:30pm 5:30pm / 8:30pmGirls Soccer vs. CentralCentral High School
WEDNESDAYOCTOBER 5
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
    
THURSDAYOCTOBER 6
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:30pm / 4:30pm  4:30pm3:15pm / 6:00pmBoys Soccer vs. KennedyBloomington Kennedy High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Soccer vs. South St. PaulHOME
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm Volleyball vs. CentralHOME
FRIDAYOCTOBER 7
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm Volleyball vs. HardingHOME
7:00pm4:00pm / 9:30pmFootball vs. Mound WestonkaMound Westonka High School
SATURDAYOCTOBER 8
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
10:30am6:45am / 2:00pmCross Country MeetArrowwood Resort – Alexandria
1:00pm Boys Varsity Soccer vs. SouthwestMPLS Southwest  High School

Player profile: Jacob Lutkauskus

By: Dylan Moore

At the beginning of the school year, some students feel they don’t have much to look forward to. Summer is ending, and the freedom that it brings seems to go with it.

One thing I can always look forward to is school football. This year, the football team seems special. Behind this seemingly special team is many players, including Jacob Lutkauskus. Last week, I got myself an exclusive interview with the wide receiver. Here’s what we talked about. 

Me: How do you feel you contribute to the team this season compared to other seasons?

JL: Since I’m older I have more of a leadership role. I’m in more of a position to be more involved in the locker room, and on the field. Now that I’m a full time starter I do a lot more all around. 

Me: Do you think the team has improved since last year?

JL: We are more disciplined. There’s no time to mess around in practice. There’s a culture where everyone sticks to the game plan and does what they’re told. No one on the team is really a “Me first” kinda guy. Like our motto says “Together we win.”

Me: Who do you think are the key players on the team?

JL:  Monaire Vaughn, he’s obviously very important. Melvin Mensah is our running back. He had a huge kick return touchdown against Kennedy. Benny Waud pretty much plays everywhere. Ishmael Powell had a big game against Johnson; he had 3 touchdowns. 

Me: Given your first 3 games, how do you feel about your team’s ability to win big games this season?

JL: I definitely think we have a big chance. We have a very strong work ethic, and are a lot better than previous seasons. We really feel this is our year; we have a lot of seniors. 

Me: How was your season opener?

JL: It went very well, we beat them by a lot. 32-0 is always a good way to start off the season

Me: How do you expect the Musket Game to go?

JL: We’re definitely gonna beat Central. It might be close; we’re close in skill. We are almost identical in the rankings, but I think we’ll win. We usually do. 

As you can see by this interview, Jacob is extremely confident in his and his team’s abilities this season. I for one am very excited to see what they will do this year. GO SCOTS!!!

Update: As predicted, the Scots won the Musket Game and it was close. Jacob had a huge catch late in the 4th to help secure the 17-14 comeback victory.

Sports schedule for: Sept 26-Oct 1

ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 26 – OCTOBER 1
MONDAYSEPTEMBER 26 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm3:15pm / 6:00pmVarsity Tennis vs. SouthPowderhorn Park
5:00pm / 7:00pmJV: 3:30pm / 6:30pm V: 5:15pm / 8:45pmBoys Soccer vs. St. Croix PrepSt. Croix Prep
TUESDAYSEPTEMBER 27
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm2:45pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. SouthwestV: Linden Hills Park JV: HOME
5:00pm Girls JV Soccer vs. HardingHOME
6:00pm4:00pm / 8:00pmJV Football vs. CentralCentral High School
WEDNESDAYSEPTEMBER 28
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm B-Squad Soccer vs. Como ParkHOME
THURSDAYSEPTEMBER 29
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm 5:00pm 7:00pmB: 3:15pm / 5:30pm JV: 4:00pm / 6:30pm V: 5:30pm / 8:45pmBoys Soccer vs. CentralB: Jimmy Lee Rec Center JV/V: Central High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Soccer vs. CentralHOME
FRIDAYSEPTEMBER 30
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm Volleyball vs. HardingHOME
SATURDAYOCTOBER 1
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
9:30am8:30am / 11:00amBoys B-Squad Soccer vs. Holy AngelsAcademy of Holy Angels
9:30am / 9:30am 11:00am8:45am / 12:15pmVolleyball vs. Minnehaha AcademyMinnehaha Academy
1:00pm10:30am / 3:30pmFootball vs. Como ParkComo Park High School

Vikings vs. Eagles week 2 recap

By: Abby Altman

Image taken from: Inquirer.com 

In week 1 of the NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings hosted the Green Bay Packers at US Bank Stadium. The Vikings began the game with a first possession touchdown, and built comfortably on their lead for the remainder of the game, leaving with a relaxing 23-7 victory. 

Week 1 gave Vikings fans all over, a new confidence in the team, as well as the new front office and coaching scheme. This confidence carried over with many fans into week 2, as the Vikings traveled to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. 

In week 1, the Eagles beat the Detroit Lions by just 3 points, giving up 35 points to Detroit’s growing offense. 

Week 2’s matchup felt like a complete turnaround, for both teams. 

The Eagles took a 24-7 victory over Minnesota, leaving the Vikings looking lost and confused all over the field. 

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts threw for 333 yards, completing 26/33 pass attempts. Hurts had 3 touchdowns, 2 rushing and 1 passing. The Vikings zone coverages left the Eagles plenty of room to convert short and quick passes into 10+ yard gains. Philadelphia had 25 first downs to the Vikings 20. 

It wasn’t just the first downs, however, that kicked Minnesota in the butt. Kirk Cousins threw for 3 interceptions, 2 of which were caught by Eagles cornerback Darius Slay. Slay had a career game, tying his game record for interceptions, and setting a new game record, with 5 passses defended. 

The Vikings offense looked erratic, dropping passes placed perfectly by Cousins and mixing up routes, causing interceptions. 

Both of Slay’s interceptions came off of star WR Justin Jefferson. Slay allowed just 1 catch when covering Jefferson. 

When asked about Jefferson, Slay said “He’s one of the best in the world, but I’m one of the best in the world too.” 

Justin Jefferson was one of the most shocking pieces missing in the Vikings week 2 loss.  Jefferson had just 6 catches for a grand total of 48 yards. Compared to his week 1 performance, where Jefferson made 9 catches for 184 yards, Jefferson seriously struggled this week. 

The Vikings performance in the 1st half was almost shockingly bad. The Vikings went 3 and out on their first 2 drives and only connected for a touchdown on 1 drive. In the second half, the connections looked better between Cousins and his offense, but nobody was able to complete a drive to begin a comeback. 

In the 2nd half, the Vikings found themselves in the red zone on 4 different drives, but were unable to score on any of them. Cousins was picked in the endzone several times, despite the valiant efforts of the offense. 

“When I look back on tonight, ultimately I put this one on me,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said. “I don’t think I did enough for our team in-game.” 

While it was apparent that a number of factors contributed to the loss of this game, the Vikings and O’Connell seem to hold some confidence heading into week 3. 

The Vikings head back home for week 3 to take on the Detroit Lions for another divisional matchup. Both teams head into the week 1-1.

Update: The Vikings beat Detroit 28-24.

Sports schedule for: Sept 19-24

ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 19 – SEPTEMBER 24
MONDAYSEPTEMBER 19 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:30pm JV Football vs. JohnsonHOME
4:30pm / 7:00pmJV: 3:30pm / 6:30pm V: 5:30pm / 8:30pmGirls Soccer vs. RichfieldRichfield High School
5:30pm / 7:00pm Volleyball vs. St. Paul AcademyHOME
TUESDAYSEPTEMBER 20
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm3:15pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. Como ParkV: Como Park High School JV: HOME
4:15pm2:30pm / 6:00pmBoys Varsity Soccer vs. JohnsonJohnson High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm JV Girls Soccer vs. Central Varsity Girls Soccer vs. JohnsonHOME
WEDNESDAYSEPTEMBER 21
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm2:45pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. Minnehaha AcademyV: HOME JV: Minnehaha Academy
5:30pm / 5:30pm / 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:00pmVolleyball vs. HumboldtHumboldt High School
7:00pm Girls Soccer vs. HardingHOME
THURSDAYSEPTEMBER 22
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm2:45pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. MPLS SouthwestV: Powderhorn Park JV: HOME
4:15pm3:15pm / 6:30pmGirls Swimming and Diving Meet vs. HardingHumboldt High School
4:15pm / 4:30pm3:15pm / 6:00pmBoys B-Squad / JV Soccer vs. HardingB: HOME JV: Bakken Field
FRIDAYSEPTEMBER 23
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
3:00pm1:00pm / 4:30pmBoys / Girls Cross Country Roy Griak InviteLes Bolstad Golf Course
3:15pm Tennis Twin Cities MatchSt. Paul Site
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:15pmVolleyball vs. JohnsonJohnson High School
7:00pm5:15pm / 8:45pmBoys Varsity Soccer vs. HardingBakken Field
SATURDAYSEPTEMBER 24
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
TBDTBDGirls Swimming and DivingJean K. Freeman Aquatic Center
10:00am / 10:00am Girls Soccer vs. St. Paul AcademySt. Paul Academy
1:00pm10:30am / 3:30pmFootball vs. CentralCentral High School
5:00pm / 5:00pm 7:00pm Boys Soccer vs. IrondaleHOME