Vikings head into bye week with 1-5 record after losing to hapless Falcons

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MINNEAPOLIS – There’s no more questioning whether the Minnesota Vikings are better than their 1-5 record.

The Vikings’ 40-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons is reflective of a team that does not have it together. A team that looked like it wasn’t ready to play on Sunday -– at all. A team whose season is in the tank as it heads into their bye week.

If Minnesota wanted to keep its playoff hopes alive, a win against the hapless Falcons, who this week went through coaching and general manager changes and COVID-19 scare that closed down its facility after losing their first five games of the season, was the place to start.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins threw three interceptions against the Falcons on Sunday. Jeffrey Becker/USA TODAY Sports

Instead, the Vikings head into their bye with a lot of self-reflecting on their to-do list. A team that went half-in with a rebuild this offseason while executing moves that would suggest they bought into their own win now philosophy was met with a reality check in the first half of the season.

Minnesota figured out it has to be all or nothing. Committing to a rebuild was the path

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