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It took 10 tries, but Kirk Cousins finally won a start on Monday Night Football. Perhaps that's why we saw the Vikings quarterback in such an excited state after his fourth-quarter completion to Kyle Rudolph helped seal the 19-13 win over the Bears. These guys don't live their lives in a bubble, and it's one less narrative that Cousins -- ever the lightning rod -- has to hear about. Mike Zimmer wasn't happy with his special teams converge unit on Monday, but he has to be feeling pretty good about just about everything else. The Vikings have won three straight and find themselves back in the NFC playoff race. Their 1-5 start feels like ancient history now.
Only on ESPN, would the Packers come off a beatdown from the Vikings, and a squeaker over the Jags (that they really lost), and STILL rise to #4. Objectivity, much? Vikings at 19 on ESPN, hasn't changed lately
Both have the Bears above the Vikings. What the ...
You'd watch that game Monday night and say that? Uhhh, ok.
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