EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings offense looked like a well-oiled machine in Week 1.
Then in Week 2, the group experienced engine problems and didn’t run efficiently.
Now, the Vikings are in need of a jumpstart in time to face their division rivals from the Motor City.
After a dominant performance against Green Bay, Minnesota struggled to get the ball moving against Philadelphia on Monday night. The Vikings were outgained 486-264 in total yards against the Eagles.
On Wednesday, Head Coach Kevin O’Connell, quarterback Kirk Cousins and running back Dalvin Cook addressed Twin Cities media members following the Vikings 24-7 loss.
O’Connell said losses weigh more on him than wins do. He took time to reflect.
“I always look inward first, and that was immediately following the game. You start that process, and you just know you can be better,” O’Connell said. “You know you can be better in a lot of different ways of coaching this team, and our staff feels the same way.
O’Connell added: “We left a lot of yards out there. We left a lot of plays out there to be made, whether it was catching a football or just the detail in what we did. Obviously the first time on the road, it was a heck of an atmosphere, and I thought we handled the noise well from the communication standpoint, but you’ve got to once again give that defense a lot of credit for how they defended us. I expect our group, that’s coaching staff, that’s players and myself included, to respond the right way. That’s the expectation and how we’re going about this week.”
The Vikings will have a quick turnaround, facing the Detroit Lions at home on Sunday at noon (CT).
“Short week, divisional opponent, home game, that’s really where our focus is,” Cousins said. “I think the Lions have looked really good on tape, it’s a defense that looks fast and physical and productive. Good scheme, and they execute it well. We’ve gotta have a great day today and start building toward Sunday.”