Chip Scoggins: Victory in their grasp, the Vikings throw it away

By Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

Published in Football

They got a career day from their star running back. The prized rookie receiver provided a breakout performance that conjured comparisons to Randy Moss. And the opponent seemed hellbent on giving the game away.

The Vikings still lost.

On second thought, maybe they should Tank for Trevor at this point, if this is how it's going to go.

If they can't win when Dalvin Cook rushes for 181 yards, the offense scores 30 points, Justin Jefferson plays like a star and they take a 12-point lead in the third quarter at home in a desperation situation ...

Good grief.

A slapstick finish with maybe the worst two-minute drill in the history of football kept the Vikings winless in a 31-30 loss to the Tennessee Titans at U.S. Bank Stadium.


The Vikings looked overmatched and discombobulated in their first two losses. This one was a different variety. They showed encouraging signs on offense, looked to be the better team for stretches and still managed to gag it away.

No loss counts more than others, but the Titans probably laughed all the way back to Nashville after watching the Vikings implode in crunch time.

"The last possession when you've got a chance to go down and win the game with a field goal is complete disaster," Coach Mike Zimmer said.

He also called his team's final series "chaos," a characterization that seemed to catch his quarterback by surprise.


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