May 24, 2024

Kirk Cousins hasn’t performed since Week 8, however the injured four-time Professional Bowl quarterback may be very a lot concerned within the Minnesota Vikings’ season. 

Earlier than the beginning of the Sunday night time matchup between the Vikings and the Inexperienced Bay Packers, Cousins and his son, Cooper, led the Minnesota crowd of their conventional pregame chant. 

Injured quarterback Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings and his son fireplace up the group earlier than the Inexperienced Bay Packers recreation at U.S. Financial institution Stadium on Dec. 31, 2023, in Minneapolis. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Photographs)

Cousins and his son got here into view of followers earlier than each ripping off their shirts to the delight of the group. 

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Sadly for Minnesota, Cousins’ pregame hype was unable to provoke the Vikings to a victory. 

The Packers defeated the Vikings 33-10, dropping Minnesota to 7-9 on the yr. 

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins sounds the gjallarhorn earlier than the sport in opposition to the Inexperienced Bay Packers at U.S. Financial institution Stadium in MInneapolis on Dec. 31, 2023. (Brad Rempel-USA At present Sports activities)

Vikings quarterback Jaren Corridor was benched in favor of Nick Mullens after coming into halftime down 23-3. 

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“There have been some issues execution-wise, some issues progression-wise, just a few play calls right here and there that we simply needed to get everyone, give ourselves an opportunity, particularly with the place the rating was at half, simply to ensure we received a premier execution in at the very least the method,” Minnesota head coach Kevin O’Connell mentioned.

Corridor accomplished simply 5 of 10 cross makes an attempt for 67 yards, throwing an interception and dropping a fumble. 

“If I used to be the coach, I’d have made the identical choice,” Corridor mentioned after the sport.

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Jaren Corridor of the Vikings calls a play in opposition to the Inexperienced Bay Packers at U.S. Financial institution Stadium on Dec. 31, 2023, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Photographs)

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Minnesota nonetheless has a slight likelihood of constructing the playoffs, however might want to defeat the Detroit Lions in Week 18 and have a number of groups lose their closing video games of the season. 

O’Connell mentioned the group will consider who will get the beginning nod below heart in opposition to the Lions. 

The Related Press contributed to this report.