MINNEAPOLIS- The Minnesota Vikings lost 14-10 to Jacksonville on Saturday in the second preseason game and first at home this season. The offense struggled against the Jaguars' stout defense and gave Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer plenty of fits following the game.
Zimmer said the team didn't deserve to win and the offensive issues particularly rankled the coach. The Vikings had 67 yards of offense in the first half as quarterback Kirk Cousins and the first-team offense played four series. As a team, Minnesota was 0 for 12 on third down.
Cousins finished 3-of-8 passing for 12 yards and was sacked once. Running back Latavius Murray, who started with Dalvin Cook being held out again, fumbled twice.
Added up, Zimmer has plenty of points to emphasize in practice before the Vikings host the Seattle Seahawks on Friday for the third preseason game.
Injuries, especially along the offensive line, are a concern for Minnesota, as is the cohesiveness with Cousins. The Vikings are trying to build chemistry with Cousins in his first year and new coordinator John DeFilippo also calling plays. Cousins and the starters were crisp in their one series in Denver last week, but have plenty to work on as practice continues.