NFL Reactions: Week 12

NFL Reactions: Week 12

This article is part of our NFL Reactions series.

Reflecting on Sunday's NFL slate, one word comes to mind in my football-focused brain: Loss. 

For some, it could mean the loss of Christian McCaffrey to an ankle injury. How long will he be out? Is my push for the fantasy playoffs in jeopardy?

For others, it could mean the loss of Dalvin Cook to a shoulder injury. Will he miss time? Will he be back before the fantasy playoffs if he does miss time? 

For the Vikings and their fans from Minnesota and beyond, it means just another gut-wrenching defeat in 2021. The Vikings fell to the 49ers 34-26, bringing their record to 5-6. It sounds crazy, but if a few balls bounce a different way, we could be looking at an undefeated team — or at least close to it. 

How is that possible? All six of the Vikings' losses were within one score. They have been in every game right to the end. What may be even more impressive is that Kirk Cousins is playing some of the best ball of his career. After 11 games, Cousins has thrown 23 touchdowns passes and just three interceptions. He is surrounded by great talent on offense, but his defense isn't doing him any favors. 

Nothing is more haunting to a fan than the thoughts of what could have been. Vikings fans have been forced to confront those ideas more often than not this season, looking up at their "big brother" Packers team in the standings. While Green Bay leads

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Joe Daley
Joe Daley joined RotoWire in 2021 as a beat writer for the Denver Broncos and a contributor of NFL content. Joe is a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan from Connecticut. Beyond his family, his biggest passions are writing and fantasy football. The ability to marry those two things together is an absolute dream.
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