Vikings fall to 1-5 after dismal 40-23 loss to the Falcons

Vikings fall to 1-5 after dismal 40-23 loss to the Falcons

The Vikings spent much of the week publicly harvesting their one-point loss to the Seahawks for signs of improvement after they came within one play of defeating one of the league’s three remaining unbeaten teams. But safety Harrison Smith’s words on Friday rang out as a warning at the end of the week. “We are a little bit younger, newer, whatever you want to call it than we have been in the past,” he said Friday. “And we are making a ton of improvement across the board in all phases. But like you say, winning is it. Nobody is waiting around taking those empty wins. It’s a good thing, but at the end of the day, winning. It’s only winning. So I think that mind-set too is important to ingrain in a young guy — that losing is not OK.” Despite Dalvin Cook being out with a groin injury and the Vikings preparing for Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley with a depleted secondary, Sunday’s game against a Falcons team that just fired coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff seemed like an opportunity to get things back together. Instead, the Vikings suffered a withering 40-23 defeat at home to an 0-5 Falcons team that spent the entire day in command. “We didn’t do very many things right and we’ve got to get it fixed,” head coach Mike Zimmer said. The loss came almost seven years to the day after a 1-4 Vikings team fell to a winless Giants team ...
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