Mike Hughes turned one pick into a 28-yard touchdown return, the first by a rookie in a Vikings season opener.
Thankfully, for the Vikings' sake, Cousins quickly bounced up. When Mike Daniels called the 2018 season Aaron Rodgers' revenge tour, you would have to think that the game this weekend had a large red circle around it. "I think he did an admirable job".
Still with Washington, Cousins got another opportunity to beat the Packers in Week 11 of the 2016 season.
"None of us did good enough to win today, especially on offence", coach Kyle Shanahan said.
Zimmer's tune might have been different if his starting quarterback hadn't bounced right up - and if backup Trevor Siemian had been forced into action - but the what-might-have-been wasn't important to Zimmer late Sunday afternoon. With the Vikings having won four of the last five matchups, the motivation to win on each side of the matchup will be sky high.
It was the first interception and touchdown in the young career of Hughes. He was sacked three times and rushed for 26 yards on four carries.
Cousins completed 20 of 36 passes for 244 yards without a turnover. "The two touchdown passes were great throws".
The quarterback did end up throwing for 329 yards and scoring two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing), but constant pressure from the Packers' defense (six sacks on the day) just proved to be too hard for the Redskins to overcome and Green Bay got the win.
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"Kirk Cousins threw it in place where only I could catch it", Rudolph said.
You'd like a bit more, at least per carry. With two starters at LB already out, Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and Reuben Foster (suspension), Smith's sub, Brock Coyle, hurt his head and neck in the fourth quarter.
Cousins wasn't the only newcomer to the Vikings' offense who might not have been entirely pleased with his performance. While the rivalry with the Chicago Bears comes with a wealth of history to open the season, the NFC North division's primary rivalry in recent years has been between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers.
An interception by cornerback Xavier Rhodes enabled the Vikings to get the ball back with 14 minutes, 37 seconds left in the quarter, but a run and two Cousins incompletions resulted in a Minnesota punt that gave San Francisco the ball at its own 14 with 13:43 remaining. In that stretch, Garoppolo averaged 308.4 passing yards. You have mixed emotions about it because it's frustrating when you let opportunities go, but also when you come in feeling like crap after a loss like you always do, it's also good to see that you're capable of doing a lot better. He faced plenty of pressure, highlighted by DeForest Buckner and his 2½ sacks, and there were a handful of awkward-looking plays produced by the Vikings.
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"It didn't end the way we wanted", Kittle said, "but I feel like we definitely had some momentum going and if we can do that we'll be a pretty good offense".
"It's just the same for every other team in the National Football League, it gets harder the tighter you get".