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EAGAN, Minn. — When rookie defensive tackle Jalyn Holmes learned he would be inactive for the Vikings' opener last month, he was disappointed. The fourth-round pick had been a major contributor at Ohio State. Watching a game from the sideline was not exactly a thrilling prospect. "I kind of at first for about 30 minutes looked at it as a negative thing,'' Holmes said. "At first, I was like, 'Dang, I'm not playing.' But then I looked at the bigger picture like it's going to all work out in the end.''
EAGAN, Minn.—Upon further review, Dalvin Cook's hamstring injury remains an issue. After last Thursday's 38-31 loss to the Rams in Los Angeles, the Vikings running back said he "felt really good'' and shrugged off the notion that he was running through lingering effects from his injury. On Monday, he had a different take. "The thing is still healing up," Cook said. "I want to be 100 percent as bad as everybody else wants me to be 100 percent, but I'm just not there yet. I've just got to keep chipping away, but I'm going to be ready when the time comes."
EAGAN, Minn.—Philadelphia is known for its hostile fans. That's fine with Vikings running back Latavius Murray. The Vikings play Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Never mind that their last trip there, a 38-7 loss to the Eagles in last January's NFC championship game, didn't go well. "I love it," Murray said Monday. "I don't want to say I love playing away more than home, but to me there's no better feeling than everybody's against you and cheering against you and wanting to see you fail."
LOS ANGELES—The Minnesota Vikings defense is in a free fall. Last season, the Vikings defense ranked No. 1 in the NFL in both scoring and total defense. They gave up just 15.8 points per game and 275.9 yards per outing. Through four games this season, a defense some believed would be even better is allowing 27.5 points and 381.5 yards a game. Minnesota gave up 556 yards in a 38-31 loss to the Rams on Thursday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to drop to 1-2-1.
LOS ANGELES—When the Vikings signed quarterback Kirk Cousins last March, he was considered by many to be the final piece for a team aiming for its first Super Bowl victory. But Minnesota is a stunning 1-2-1. After Thursday night's 38-31 loss to the Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Cousins insisted he hasn't lost confidence in his new team.
LOS ANGELES — The Vikings' stingy defense is becoming a thing of the past. Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff shredded the Vikings, throwing five touchdown passes in a 38-31 win Thursday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Vikings last season ranked first in the NFL in both scoring and total defense. They entered Thursday 17th and 10th, respectively, in those categories. Those rankings will continue to drop. Goff completed 26 of 33 passes for 465 yards as the Rams rolled up 556 yards of total offense.
LOS ANGELES — Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, dealing with a mental health issue, made his first public comment Thursday, Sept. 27, since being away from the team. Griffen wrote in an Instagram post he wanted to "apologize" for being away from the Vikings and offered thanks for support he has received. Griffen wrote that he doesn't know when he will return but when he does it will be as a "much-improved person and player.''
EAGAN, Minn.—The Vikings have gone to the West Coast with something to prove. Last Sunday, they suffered one of their most embarrassing regular-season defeats ever. Despite being a 17-point favorite, they were dismantled 27-6 at home by the lowly Buffalo Bills. Next up are the Los Angeles Rams (3-0) on Thursday night at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It is a chance to make a statement against the NFC's only undefeated team.
EAGAN, Minn.—It is 1,926 miles from the Twin Cities to Los Angeles. As far as Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is concerned, that's too far to go for a game during a short week. "Yes, it's a problem,'' Zimmer said Tuesday. The Vikings face the Rams on Thursday night at the Los Angeles Coliseum. They left Tuesday evening following practice, a day earlier than they usually fly to road games, to try to better acclimate themselves to the two-hour time change.
EAGAN, Minn.—Since Stephen Weatherly joined the Vikings in 2016, he has been given advice by Everson Griffen. Now is the time for him to really use it. When the Vikings face the Rams in Los Angeles on Thursday night, Weatherly will start at defensive end in place of Griffen for the second straight game. With Griffen in a hospital to deal with a mental health issue, Weatherly could remain in the lineup.