Supporting cast fails Kirk Cousins in intro to Packers-Vikings rivalry

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#4 "Rough" go of it: The NFL's new rules emphasis on roughing the passer doubled the amount of such penalties called in Week 1 year-to-year 2017 to 2018.

Cousins threw a dagger between three Green Bay Packers defenders on Sunday in the dying seconds of a game that forced overtime in Minnesota in Week 2. He led the game-tying drive and positioned Minnesota for the win in overtime, only to see Kai Forbath's replacement, Carlson, squander it twice. Mike McCarthy's playcalling is not the primary story right now because of that call and because of multiple missed field goals from Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson but it also bears mentioning.

"I have so many emotions kind of running through as far as what a bad call it was", Matthews told reporters.

After the game, Matthews was heated.


"I didn't mean to rough (Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers) up or anything", Kendricks said.

"I am exhausted and I don't know what to feel after a tie...it's a unique place to be and I'm proud of the way the whole team [.] stayed in it and fought".

"It was basically I was trying to get to the pylon, and it was Kirk's idea to just throw it to the pylon", Thielen said. So I don't know.

"I'm taking a lot of risks at my age, every time I step on the field, but there's no greater feeling than being out there with the guys". It's frustrating because the interception is game right? "There were times when we felt we should've won it, times when the Packers felt should've won". "(That) had nothing to do with the rule of full body weight", Corrente said, referring to the rule that is being emphasized after Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr essentially ended Aaron Rodgers' season past year with a hit that broke the quarterback's collarbone. "He picked the quarterback up and drove him into the ground".


It leaves players like Garrett and Matthews at a loss on how to play the game.

Crosby connected on what would've been his sixth field goal of the day, but Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer iced the kicker with a timeout just as the ball was snapped, negating the kick.

Referee Tony Corrente said the call was not related to the new helmet-to-helmet rule.

"I thought Cousins played outstanding", Zimmer said.


Corrente, speaking to a pool reporter after the game, said that Matthews had driven Cousins to the ground after lifting him up.

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