Minnesota Vikings’ embarrassing loss may become the team’s rally call

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A loss in the NFL is always difficult, however, the Minnesota Vikings’ defeat by the Buffalo Bills was a necessary evil.

The Minnesota Vikings were prohibitive 17-point favorites going into Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. Unfortunately for the Vikings, every team goes into each game looking to win. Perhaps the Vikings needed to lose in order to remember to never take the opposition lightly.

An embarrassing 27-6 demolition at the hands of the Bills will undoubtedly force the Vikings to take a long look into the mirror. Now the Vikings will travel to Los Angeles to face the Los Angeles Rams as an angry bunch for their Thursday night football showdown. Hopefully, the Vikings will have their best showing of the season.

The Rams are clicking on all cylinders as one of the few undefeated teams in the NFL. Defensively, the Rams are flying across the field harassing the opposing team’s quarterbacks and ball-carriers. On the other side of the football, Jared Goff and Todd Gurley are the leading men for a balanced attack. Needless to say that the Vikings will have their hands full.

Embarrassing is the operative word for every aspect of the Vikings’ performance against the Bills. The Vikings could not run or pass the football. Given the way rookie QB Josh Allen played, the Vikings’ defense appeared to be in LA already. This Thursday night’s game now has a greater meaning for them.

Losing to the Bills taught the Vikings the age-old lesson of any given Sunday. The Bills did not travel to Minnesota to just show up, but to win. The Vikings must have that same sense of urgency Thursday night.

The Vikings are now tied for second place in the NFC North with a 1-1-1 record. Losing to the Rams would make the Vikings scoreboard watchers hoping that their divisional rivals also lose.

If the Vikings fail to show up against the Rams will cast a shred of doubt over a team with championship aspirations. The Vikings are supposed to be one of the Rams chief competitors. They will have to wake up quick.

The 27-6 loss should humble the Vikings, who will look to do the same thing to the Rams. No team enjoys losing, however, the Vikings loss to the Bills was a necessary evil that will rally the team.