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Lunchbreak: Sunday's Loss Shows Unpredictability of the NFL

Nothing went right for the Vikings on Sunday.

Minnesota was outplayed in all three phases — offense, defense and special teams — in a 27-6 loss to the Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Marc Sessler of NFL.com wrote that while he was surprised by the Vikings loss, he also understands that the NFL is a wild league where anything can happen on any given Sunday.

Sessler wrote:

It's fair to ask if the Vikings were part of the population doing the underestimating, perhaps -- even just mentally -- peering past the low-octane Bills toward Thursday night's super-powered showdown with the Los Angeles Rams.

The Vikings would argue against that, though, and Coach Mike Zimmer owns the consistent track record in Minnesota to state his case. Besides, Sunday was stuffed with surprising stinkers from the Patriots falling to Detroit to big-talking Jacksonville squeezing out just six points against the Titans.

Minnesota is beatable, the Bills have a pulse, and Week 3 taught us once again how unpredictably bizarre each Sunday can be.

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The Vikings will have a quick chance to get the bad taste out of their mouths, as Minnesota plays the Rams in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

View game action images as the Vikings take on the Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

Vikings pull off surprise for single mother of 3

The Vikings recently teamed up with the Salvation Army to bring some joy to a single mother and her children.

The team surprised the family by having them at a recent Saturday walk-through practice, where the mother, Shavonne, and her three children met Zimmer and multiple players.

Shavonne's 16-year-old son led the post-practice breakdown, and then posed for pictures and got autographs from Vikings players such as Anthony Barr, Harrison Smith, Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook. Barr gave the family members jerseys.

The family later toured Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, the Vikings new training facility that opened in March.

Video of the family's interaction with the team and visit to TCO Performance Center can be found here.

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