The Minnesota Vikings lost a crucial game to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, due in large part to their inability to move the ball on offense.
$84 million quarterback Kirk Cousins had another miserable prime time outing, and he wasn't able to get the ball out much to star receiver Adam Thielen. At one point, Thielen was heard on a microphone saying "It's been there all (expletive) day," after making a big catch in the final frame.
Thielen explained after the game why he was frustrated, giving better context as well for his minor six-word rant.
"A little bit frustration of not moving the ball," Thielen said, via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. "When you’re an athlete and a competitor, you feel like you can win. So, you want the ball in your hand; you want opportunities. So that’s probably where that came from."
Thielen has 103 catches for 1,236 yards and nine touchdowns this season, but Cousins was only able to throw him five passes for 70 yards. Thielen reached 100 yards in each of his first eight games, but Monday's loss marked the fourth outing in five weeks in which he failed to reach the mark.
So it's easy to understand why the star wideout is frustrated, and the loss dropped Minny to 6-6-1 on the season. They're only half a game up on the Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles for the final wild card spot in the NFC.
The Vikings reached the NFC Championship Game last season with career journeyman Case Keenum at the helm. In signing Cousins, Minnesota made it clear that it was Super Bowl or bust. So far, it's looking like the latter.
Minnesota hosts the equally desperate Miami Dolphins this Sunday, and the loser will be dealt a major blow to their playoff hopes. Minnesota fans can only hope they don't drop a third straight game.
What This Means
The Dolphins have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, so getting the ball out to Thielen shouldn't be a problem for Cousins. It's absolutely imperative that the Vikings figure out their rhythm on offense over the final three weeks, otherwise they'll experience yet another letdown season.