Well Minnesota Vikings fans, if you had any hope whatsoever of the purple making the playoffs, you can forget it now.  Vikings Quarterback Kirk Cousins has tested positive for COVID-19 according to an article on ESPN.  Cousins has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss Minnesota's prime-time game against the Green Bay Packers this Sunday night.

Let's face it, the Vikings had very little chance of winning this game in the first place.  Now, without Cousins, the task of beating Green Bay and keeping Minnesota's slim playoff hopes seems monumental.  With Cousin's departure, the Vikings have activated backup quarterback Sean Mannion who just came off the reserve/COVID-19 list.  Mannion, who is vaccinated, was "sick" according to Minnesota Viking coach Mike Zimmer.  Cousins, who is not vaccinated has been scrutinized all season for his decision.

The Vikings will also be without wide receiver Adam Thielen against Green Bay.  Star running back Dalvin Cook who was on the reserve/COVID-19 list has been cleared to play against the Packers.  You can expect a heavy dose of Davin Cook against the Packers since the Minnesota Vikings passing game will more than likely be less than stellar.

Minnesota is currently in the 8th position in the National Football Conference playoff picture.  The top 7 in the conference make the playoffs.  The Vikings are chasing the Philadelphia Eagles for that final spot.  The Eagles this week are at Washington.

It was a long shot at best for the Vikings to even win a football game at Green Bay, let alone make the playoffs.  Now, without Kirk Cousins, you can pretty much start thinking about "next year."  Which no doubt will include a lot of changes in personal for Minnesota.



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