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SEATTLE (AP) — While the Minnesota Vikings are still fully in control of their path to the postseason Linval Joseph Jersey , Adam Thielen knows it’s starting to slip away.Ten points last week in New England. Seven points on Monday night in an ugly 21-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. It’s not good enough. The Vikings know it, and the frustration is beginning to build.“We’re fighting as an offense, we’re trying to get something going. We just need a spark. We need a spark and we need it fast,” Thielen said. “I think we have a bunch of guys on this offense that want to win and want to make plays. But we haven’t found that rhythm. It’s there. It’s there. We just have to keep fighting.”Minnesota lost its second straight and had an offensive night to forget against a Seattle defense that had appeared vulnerable of late. Minnesota (6-6-1) twice had scoring chances in the fourth quarter when it was still a one-score game, but was turned away each time.The Vikings’ chances of winning the NFC North took a major hit with the loss, but they still hold the No. 6 spot in the NFC — for now.“I don’t know how to give you a measurement on that, I don’t know what the scale is for that number, but certainly, when you’re not putting as many points on the board as you’re capable of or have shown in past games it is disappointing,” Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins said. “I think the added piece of the disappointment is when your defense is playing so well.”Minnesota’s defense more than did its part against Seattle. The Vikings held the Seahawks to six points into the fourth quarter, taking advantage of a poor night by Russell Wilson. And while Seattle ran crazy against one of the better run defenses in the NFL, the Vikings did enough to keep it a one-score game long enough for Cousins, Thielen and the rest of their offensive crew to have a chance.But Minnesota couldn’t convert. They were turned away on fourth down at the Seattle 1 with 9:06 remaining and on their next possession Dan Bailey’s 47-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Bobby Wagner on a debatable call whether Wagner’s leap over the offensive line was legal.Whether or not Wagner’s play was legal, the Vikings never found the end zone until Cousins’ 6-yard TD pass to Dalvin Cook with 1:10 left. All it did was keep the Vikings from being shutout for the first time since 2007.“We’ve got to score points, we’ve got to move the ball, we’ve got to stay on schedule,” Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs said. “We can’t get behind the chains. It’s simple things. We can’t get behind the sticks.”Cousins finished 20 of 33 for 208 yards, but had just 56 yards passing entering the fourth quarter. He noted that teams are rotating their coverages on Diggs and Thielen, trying to slow down Minnesota’s passing game, and he’s not going to force throws into danger. Seattle played seven defensive backs at times trying to contain Diggs and Thielen.That extra coverage is partly why Thielen, who entered the game with 98 catches, didn’t get his first target until midway through the third quarter. By that point, Seattle offensive tackle George Fant already had a catch after reporting eligible on a play.“We didn’t have a lot of explosive plays, again credit the Seahawks for limiting those,” Cousins said. “When you don’t have explosive plays, and you’re kind of marching methodically down the field, it was hard for us to sustain.”The most frustrating sequence for Minnesota was early in the fourth quarter trailing 6-0 and after finally hitting a 48-yard reception to Diggs to get deep into Seattle territory. The Vikings had first-and-goal at the 4, but after two short runs and an incompletion, faced fourth-and-goal at the 1. Rather than run Kyle Rudolph Jersey , Cousins tried to hit Kyle Rudolph across the middle, but the pass was broken up by Bradley McDougald.“Every situation that we failed at the end of the night is frustrating,” Cook said. “We just have to go and fix it and watch film. We have to get it right.” With the bye week for the Minnesota Vikings almost over. . .mercifully. . .we can get back to talking about this season in another day or two. In the meantime, however, we’re looking for stuff to talk about, and behind the great E$PN paywall, Bill Barnwell has another topic for discussion for us.Barnwell took a look at all 32 NFL rosters and attempted to project how their rosters will look in the year 2020. He divided each team up into three categories: Virtual Locks, On the Bubble, and Unlikely Notables. Let’s take a look at who Barnwell thinks will still be in purple in 2020, shall we?The “Virtual Lock” category has a lot of the names you’d expect:Dalvin Cook, RBKirk Cousins, QBStefon Diggs, WRPat Elflein, CMike Hughes, CBDanielle Hunter, DEEric Kendricks, LBBrian O’Neill, OTXavier Rhodes, CBHarrison Smith, SAdam Thielen, WRStephen Weatherly, DE2020 will be the final year of the contract Cousins signed this offseason, so he’ll absolutely be here. In his commentary, Barnwell notes that Thielen’s contract is likely going to have to be addressed sooner rather than later as well. While it’s a little light on offensive linemen, this does seem like a pretty solid core for the purple going forward.The “On the Bubble” category is where things start to get interesting.Mackensie Alexander, CB (signed through 2019)Anthony Barr, LB (signed through 2018)Nick Easton, OL (signed through 2018)Everson Griffen, DE (signed through 2022)Rashod Hill Everson Griffen Jersey , OT (signed through 2018)George Iloka, S (signed through 2018)Linval Joseph, DT (signed through 2022)Riley Reiff, OT (signed through 2021)Mike Remmers, OT (signed through 2021)Kyle Rudolph, TE (signed through 2019)Andrew Sendejo, S (signed through 2019)Trae Waynes, CB (signed through 2019)Here’s the commentary that Barnwell has with this particular group:I’m surprised to see Griffen and Joseph on this list, quite frankly. By the time we hit 2020, we would be at a point where the Vikings could save a lot of cap space by cutting both of those guys loose (about $10 million for Joseph and around $13 million for Griffen). But the defensive line is a spot where guys can be productive for quite a while, and both of those guys are very productive when they’re healthy and on their game.Other than that, the only players in that category that are still scheduled to be under contract when 2020 rolls around are Reiff and Remmers. Much like Griffen and Joseph, their contracts are structured in a manner that it would no longer be cost-prohibitive to cut either (or both) of them loose by the time 2020 rolls around. If the Vikings can actually develop some offensive linemen to go with Elflein and O’Neill, I can see that group being mostly accurate.Barnwell did have one name under the “Unlikely Notables” list that I might have a disagreement with.Dan Bailey, KLatavius Murray, RBSheldon Richardson, DTLaquon Treadwell, WRRight now, I’m not sure where Richardson would fall on the Vikings’ potential re-signing food chain, which at this point likely has Barr and Waynes on it, too. I think Richardson is a guy that they’d like to have back for the long-term, but he’s had a pretty solid season thus far and could fetch a pretty big contract on the open market. The Vikings will, likely, get a high-level compensatory pick for Richardson if he were to leave, so that would play into things as well.What do you think of Bill Barnwell’s projections for the Vikings’ 2020 roster, folks?

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