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Vikings’ Greg Joseph keeps it real after choking on game-winning field goal vs. Cardinals

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The Minnesota Vikings would have defeated the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2 if Greg Joseph simply made a 37-yard field goal at the end of the game. Instead, Joseph pushed the kick right, resulting in a second consecutive heartbreaking defeat for Minnesota.

Joseph also missed an extra point earlier in the game, so it was truly a brutal day for him. Monday, the Vikings kicker faced the music and owned it.

Via ESPN’s Courtney Cronin:

“That’s on me, this one’s on me. Trust me, that moment, no one felt that more than me. But it’s part of the job I signed up for. It’s part of an NFL kicker’s career and moving forward, excited to be put in that position again and come through for the team because nobody deserved that win more than the guys on the field. Didn’t work out this time, but on to the next.”

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Joseph thought the kick was good off his foot and was surprised to see it sailing wide right past the uprights. That has to be an absolutely brutal feeling.

The Vikings kicker has made a habit of missing kicks to the right so far this year, so he has to work on fixing that issue. He missed a pair of kicks to the right during the preseason in addition to the misses on Sunday.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer still has faith in Joseph and has defended him. The kicker deserves more chances because not everybody is perfect, but Minnesota can’t afford too many more clutch misses. The team is already in an 0-2 hole on the season, with a tough matchup against the Seattle Seahawks coming up next.

There are some rumors out there suggesting Zimmer is on the hot seat and could be fired if the Vikings don’t make the playoffs, so they need to start stacking some wins.