'Boomer And Gio': There's Something Wrong With Kirk Cousins, Vikings

Gregg Giannotti Calls Minnesota 'Frauds' Following Loss To Packers

Boomer and Gio
December 24, 2019 - 8:45 am

WFAN's Gregg Giannotti is trying his best to not let the Vikings run his holiday season.

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The Vikings suffered a dissappointing loss at the hands of Green Bay running back Aaron Jones and the Packers on Monday night in a battle for NFC North supremacy. Jones ran over the Vikings defense for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Minnesota was shut out in the second half as quarterback Kirk Cousins struggled to find the end zone. 

Minnesota has a stronghold on its wild-card spot, but the loss didn't leave Giannotti, a Vikings fan, optimistic about a playoff run. 

"Going into this game, I was positive about them," Giannotti said. "Going into this season, I was positive about them. Why would you be after this? And I don't want to hear an excuse, 'Oh, Dalvin Cook didn't play and he's been great for them'. That doesn't mean anything. It really doesn't and the fact that you got gouged in the way that you did defensively on the ground. Right off the bat you get a fumble from Aaron Jones - you're not able to convert that into a touchdown.

"If I were (Joe) Benigno, I'd say, 'you knew bro, you knew right then that when they didn't get six and they had to settle for a field goal, the game was over' but that's honestly the way I felt. I was Benigno-ing myself last night, watching this saying 'you knew!' when they couldn't get a touchdown there — just awful. They're frauds. They're weak. Kirk Cousins can't overcome any sort of adversity. The offensive line got crushed."

Cousins completed 16-of-31 passes for 122 yards, his fewest since Week 1. He also threw an interception in the 23-10 loss, as Minnesota fell to 10-5. 

Boomer Esiason, Giannotti's co-host, questioned whether or not Cousins is playing through an injury. 

"There's something wrong with Kirk Cousins," Esiason said. "His arm looked about as weak as I've ever seen it. Is there something wrong with him?

Esiason later added: "They're back to where they were with no offensive line and no Dalvin Cook. They're locked in now at the No. 6 seed. Green Bay still has a shot at the No. 1 seed, which is unbelievable when you think about it. They're sitting in the No. 2 seed right now and they have the Lions next week and then, of course, we have Seattle at San Francisco that was flexed into the Sunday night game. 

Entering the final week of the regular season, the 49ers (12-3) sit atop of the NFC. 

They'll claim the No. 1 seed if they were to beat the Seahawks. If San Francisco loses, it drops to the wild-card position and faces the NFC East winner. Giannotti said the 49ers and New Orleans Saints are the biggest threats in the conference. 

"To me, it's San Francisco and its New Orleans and to a lesser extent Green Bay," Giannotti said. "They stomped on the faces of the Vikings in their own building in a game that meant more to the Vikings because the Packers could've gone on and won the NFC North next week just by beating the Lions. But now they do have an opportunity to get a BYE again, which I don't think will happen. I'm clear cut with those two teams at the top of the NFC more than ever after last night."

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