More bad kicking, more quarterbacks with turnovers, and some very surprising results marked Week 5. Did anyone expect the Green Bay Packers to come out and obliterate the Dallas Cowboys in the first half on the road, for instance? Did anyone see Denver grabbing their first win of the season on the road against the Chargers? Did anyone see Kirk Cousins having a pretty good day passing? How about the Chiefs losing at home to the Colts? Some may have seen these results coming, but most wouldn’t have bet on it.
What were the most prominent disappointments of Week 5? Here’s a look.
Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys
Whatever was going right for the Cowboys’ offense has started to go dreadfully wrong. Prescott ended up throwing for 463 yards in his furious bid to rally Dallas back from down 31-3, but he turned the ball over three times and the offense didn’t start clicking until it was far too late. There are definitely growing questions about the Dallas offense, though Prescott still flashed his talent in the defeat. Turnovers were still a big problem, and that must change going forward.
Kansas City Chiefs’ offense
Where was this unit all Sunday night? The typically explosive Chiefs offense was held to just 13 points at home in a stunning loss to the Colts. KC started off the game with two scoring drives but then punt, fumble, punt, punt, punt and turnover on downs before finally grabbing a late field goal. Patrick Mahomes was sacked four times and hit eight times; the Chiefs have some work to do on the offensive line.
Much has been made over the last week of wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ happiness with the Minnesota Vikings, but he now says there’s no problem.
Diggs has been cryptic in his comments about his happiness with the team. On Sunday, however, he claimed that he wants to stay with the Vikings, and never had a problem with the team.
Diggs says he wants to be in Minnesota. Asked if it is now all good with him and the team, he responds: “it was never not all good.”
— Judy Battista (@judybattista) October 6, 2019
It’s worth noting that Diggs winked at the assembled media when answering the question.
— Paid man gets bored (@cjzero) October 6, 2019
The words are at odds with what he said during the week, when he suggested that there was something to the various trade rumors that surrounded him. The Vikings adopted a more pass-oriented attack against the New York Giants on Sunday, and perhaps that made Diggs happier, even if teammate Adam Thielen reaped the rewards statistically more than Diggs did. All the same, that wink is simply going to add fuel to the fire.
Regardless of where Diggs stands, it’s clear the Vikings have no plans to trade him. They will just have to look at ways to keep the standout received engaged on offense.
The Minnesota Vikings were not happy with some of Stefon Diggs’ behavior this week, but that does not mean they are planning to trade the star wide receiver.
Diggs was fined by the Vikings for missing practice and team meetings during the week, but he is expected to play on Sunday against the New York Giants. While Diggs is frustrated with Minnesota’s offense, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that he will not be traded despite teams calling the Vikings “like crazy.”
From @NFLGameDay: The #Vikings are planning to play WR Stefon Diggs today following a crazy week, but teams have been calling with trade interest. A lot of them. From what I’m told: The team isn’t trading Diggs. pic.twitter.com/2Bvi80s0Q3
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 6, 2019
Diggs missed practice on Wednesday for non-injury reasons, though he claims he was feeling ill. He also confirmed to the media that he is unhappy and did not rule out wanting a trade, even saying there is “truth to all rumors.”
After he caught a career-high 102 passes on 149 targets in 2018, Diggs has just 13 receptions through four games this season. The Vikings have been more run-heavy this year under new offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, so Diggs undoubtedly wants the ball more.
Diggs seemingly hinted that he wanted to be traded to the New England Patriots with some of his Instagram activity earlier in the week, and this is apparently not the first time he has been openly frustrated with the Vikings. However, they signed him to a massive extension prior to last season and still believe he’s an important part of their future.
Stefon Diggs has been the subject of trade rumors this week that he has perpetuated with both his social media activity and the comments he made to the media, and he may face disciplinary action as a result.
Diggs was not listed on the final injury report heading into Week 5 and is fully healthy, but Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is not willing to commit to him playing against the New York Giants on Sunday.
“I don’t know, we’ll see.” – Coach Zimmer on if Stefon Diggs will play Sunday
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 4, 2019
Diggs missed practice on Wednesday for non-injury reasons, though he claims he was feeling ill. It seems obvious that he is frustrated with Minnesota’s offensive approach this season, and he passed up an opportunity on Thursday to definitively say he does not want the Vikings to trade him. In fact, he said there is “truth to all rumors.”
Whether he’s benched or not, Diggs has been fined by the Vikings for missing practice and skipping meetings this week, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Pelissero notes that Diggs has also missed meetings in the past.
The #Vikings fined WR Stefon Diggs for skipping meetings and practice this week, sources say – and that wasn’t the first time Diggs missed a meeting this season. Worth noting a lot of players get fined for things during a season, though. Bottom line: They want Diggs in Minnesota.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 4, 2019
After he caught a career-high 102 passes on 149 targets in 2018, Diggs has just 13 receptions through four games this season. The Vikings have been more run-heavy this year under new offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski.
Diggs seemingly hinted that he wanted to be traded to the New England Patriots with some of his Instagram activity earlier in the week, and this is apparently not the first time he has been openly frustrated with the Vikings. It’s possible Zimmer has seen enough and wants to send the star receiver a message.
Stefon Diggs has essentially admitted to being frustrated with the Minnesota Vikings, and apparently that is nothing new.
Diggs was described as being frustrated during Minnesota’s Week 4 loss to Chicago. He hadn’t talked with the media for a few weeks either until Thursday, when he admitted there was some truth to rumors of him wanting a trade.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tried to analyze the situation and said Thursday he’s been told the Vikings are hoping the situation blows over and that Diggs has been frustrated with the team before.
From what I’ve gathered after asking around on Stefon Diggs situation…
*Vikings hoping this blows over while handling internally
*This isn’t first time Diggs has been frustrated with team dynamics
*still unclear to many what ‘s actually making him upset (though assume offense)
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) October 4, 2019
Though it’s unclear what exactly Diggs is upset about, it doesn’t take much to figure out what might be the problem. His targets are down significantly as the offense has shifted to a run-first focus rather than a passing one; he has just 13 catches through four games after catching a career-high 102 passes on 149 targets in 2018. Kirk Cousins has also played poorly all season.
This week, Diggs seemingly expressed interest in a trade to the Patriots.
Stefon Diggs was at practice with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday after an unexplained absence the day before, and the star receiver basically confirmed that he is unhappy with his current situation.
Diggs told reporters he will not be talking about the trade speculation that has been building over the past several days, but he admitted there is “truth to all rumors.”
Stefon Diggs confronting questions about whether he wants to be traded. pic.twitter.com/Z7xIxOgqIp
— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) October 3, 2019
Diggs also said he missed practice on Wednesday because he was feeling ill, though he indicated all is not well between him and the Vikings.
Stefon Diggs said he “hasn’t been feeling well” and said that’s why he wasn’t at practice Wednesday. But Diggs added, “I can’t sit up here and act like everything is OK.”
— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) October 3, 2019
Diggs stopped short of confirming he wants to be traded, but it’s clear he is not happy with the way things have gone offensively for the Vikings this year. Considering Minnesota’s offense has become much more run-oriented, that is not a surprise. Diggs has just 13 catches through four games after catching a career-high 102 passes on 149 targets in 2018.
Diggs helped fuel rumors that he might be traded to a specific team with his social media activity earlier in the week, but the Vikings are not entertaining offers at this time. While that could change going forward, Diggs said “I hope they let me play” when asked about his status for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. It was also not that long ago that he signed a five-year, $72 million deal with Minnesota, so a trade seems unlikely.
The Minnesota Vikings may not be planning to trade Stefon Diggs, but that does not mean the star wide receiver is happy with his current situation.
Diggs missed practice on Wednesday but has not been listed on the injury report, which further fueled speculation that he is on the verge of being traded. However, there have been numerous reports that the Vikings have no intention of dealing him. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reiterated that on Thursday, though he said some Vikings players are unsure if Diggs wants to remain with the team or not.
On #Vikings WR Stefon Diggs: His frustration with the organization has been palpable. He was not at practice yesterday for non-injury reasons. Teammates are left wondering if he wants to be there. The team is adamant he is not available for a trade, barring some massive deal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 3, 2019
Minnesota’s offense has become more run-oriented this year, and Diggs has just 13 catches through four games after catching a career-high 102 passes on 149 targets in 2018. It seems like he is unhappy with his role on the team and could be trying to force a trade.
In addition to his unexplained absence from practice on Wednesday, Diggs also helped fuel rumors that he might be traded to the New England Patriots with some of his social media activity. However, he is signed through 2023 after he agreed to a five-year, $72 million deal with the Vikings last year. That contract may deter some teams.