The Vikings fell victim to a Chiefs comeback win at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, snapping a four-game win streak that highlighted October.
ESPN's Courtney Cronin pointed out that loss was not a mirror image of Minnesota's Week 4 loss at Chicago, but it did have some "notable parallels" that can be drawn.
The offense beat itself in similar fashion in both outings. Minnesota wanted to run the ball in both games but couldn't. The offensive line struggled to sustain and finish blocks, which often led to quarterback Kirk Cousins misfiring under pressure, going 0-for-9 under duress against the Chiefs – a career worst in a 26-23 loss.
Cronin said it seemed like the Vikings (6-3) "forgot everything they had learned the four weeks prior about what makes this offense work."
In the first half of the season, Minnesota showed that it is good enough to be a playoff team as long as the offense sticks to its outside zone rushing attack and play-action passes.
Beyond the defense's shortcomings in Kansas City, which certainly deserve a share of the blame, the Vikings struggles boil down to getting away from what they have done best.
Minnesota's Week 9 loss is not cause to panic, but Cronin said this next stretch of games from Weeks 10-13 "could end up defining its season."
The Vikings desperately need a win in Dallas or Seattle to gain some ground against other NFC contenders and hold on to their spot in the postseason.
Losses to either or both Seattle and Dallas put Minnesota on track to be in a similar situation as last year, with everything coming down to a Week 17 home game against the Bears for a shot at the playoffs.
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Diggs trying hand at collaborative design world
Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs has had some flashy on-field performances so far this season, and he's also made some impressions in the design world.
Diggs recently was involved on a collaborative project to "recreate five 'multidimensional' tracksuits that can be worn to the gym, to a tailgate party or out for a night on the town."
Robert Marshall, Jr., of HypeBeast.com recently spoke with Diggs about his experience and his interest in fashion and style. Marshall asked the receiver what makes the five tracksuits different from others.
I would say that these tracksuits have range; you can't box these tracksuits into strictly an athletic category. The suits have a range that goes beyond the traditional tracksuit. Like I mentioned, you could easily start your day in the suit and go into your evening, without feeling underdressed.
One of the coolest parts of this experience was working with the various designers … I had a different vibe going with each designer and our combined perspective yielded a unique design for each suit. I really enjoyed it. I have so much respect for the designers and the creative process.
Marshall also asked, "What do you want to tell the world with these tracksuits?"
I want to tell the world to take chances and express yourself individually, how you see fit. Be sure to incorporate your personality and what makes you unique when choosing your fit. I love planning my fits, for game day or any day. It's a creative process with myself, and it's allowed me to get to know myself on a different level. There's no wrong style, and more importantly, there's no style like yours, so make sure to show it!