Greg Joseph's missed kick sends the Vikings to a 34-33 loss in Arizona

The Vikings are 0-2 heading into their home opener next Sunday after Joseph missed a 37-yard field goal as time expired


September 20, 2021

Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) made a grab in the end zone for a touchdown in the first quarter as Minnesota Vikings took on the Arizona Cardinals.

GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Vikings started the 2020 season 1-5 because of two one-point losses. They have been outscored by four points in their first two games of 2021, but they are 0-2, heading home to face a quarterback they've never beaten in seven tries, because of a one-point loss they will rue for a long time.

Greg Joseph missed a 37-yard field goal wide right as time expired, giving the Cardinals a 34-33 win over the Vikings on Sunday at State Farm Stadium. The Vikings' home opener is next Sunday against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.

On a day when Kirk Cousins provided a level of efficiency that countered Kyler Murray's electricity, the Vikings' biggest laments were on special teams: a botched Joseph extra point, a Dede Westbrook punt return from the Vikings' 6 that lost four yards, a squib kick at the end of the first half that put the Cardinals closer to a field goal.


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