The Minnesota Vikings were riding a high heading into Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. They had won five games in a row and were in sole possession of first place in the NFC North.
Many people, both locally and nationally, were predicting the Vikings would beat the Packers, especially since the Packers were suffering through a three-game losing streak and seemed to be spiraling downward quickly. Instead, it was the Vikings that appeared unable to find any momentum Sunday and didn’t look like the same team that went 5-0 since their bye week.
After Sunday’s game there is a different feel surrounding the Vikings, but veteran cornerback Terence Newman had a message for everybody.
“It’s one game. I don’t know why people are acting like we’ve lost 10 games in a row or something,” he said. “It’s one game, and we didn’t play the best that we could and they made plays. So just go back to the drawing board and work, focus on Atlanta.”
The Vikings have proved multiple times throughout the season that they have the ability to bounce back well from losses. After losing to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 they won two in a row. Then they lost to the Denver Broncos in Week 4 and won five in a row.
They have the ability to come back strong and they are going to need it as they now have to go on the road to take on the 6-4 Atlanta Falcons. It is going to be a tough matchup, but no one in the Vikings locker room is in panic mode.
“I’ve got confidence in our team,” said running back Matt Asiata. “Our team is playing well. We’re all playing together. I have nothing else to say. It’s just I love how this team plays. We’ve got confidence in each other and we just got to move on.”
There was a very somber feel in the Vikings locker room following the loss on Sunday. A lot of players seemed to realize that they missed out on a golden opportunity to get a stronghold on the division but instead they cost themselves the game by playing uncharacteristically.
On Monday, the players seemed to be a little more upbeat, at least according to linebacker Anthony Barr.
“I think the mood is better than obviously it was yesterday,” he said. “Guys are smiling a little bit today, so I think we’ll be alright.”
The Vikings caused their own errors on Sunday and that ultimately cost them the game.
No one is worried about their bounce-back ability this week against the Falcons, though, as they are confident plenty of players on this team are going to right the ship.
They have proven that they have the ability to bounce back stronger than ever multiple times this season; now they will just have to do it again and get back on track.
“We’re a resilient team and I feel like we’ve got great leadership on this team and they’ll lead us down the right path,” said rookie tight end MyCole Pruitt, “back to where we were.”