Sunday night was a very good night for the Minnesota Vikings and their fans.
The Vikings improved to 2-0 with a signature win over the Green Bay Packers to open brand-new U.S. Bank Stadium.
The normally raucous Vikings crowd understandably was all kinds of jacked up, raising the volume to typically unforeseen levels. The noise seemed to affect the Packers’ offense at times, but it also took its toll on the Vikings’ offense, according to offensive lineman Alex Boone.
“It’s loud, for some reason, in the stadium,” he told reporters, per ESPN.com. “There’s a lot of times where we can’t hear the center. We could barely hear the snap count today a couple times — a couple false starts, because guys wouldn’t know when the snap was going. I’m not saying it’s the fans’ fault, but I’m just saying, it would be nice if they shut the f— up a little bit.”
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was a little more diplomatic about things, praising the team’s “unbelievable” fans.
“There was a lot of purple in here tonight, and they were as good of a crowd as I’ve seen,” Zimmer said. “In my opinion, it was pretty darn loud.”
The Vikings, despite their 2-0 record, might need all the help they can get in the coming weeks. The Vikings already are without quarterback Teddy Bridgewater — although Sam Bradford outplayed Aaron Rodgers on Sunday night — and Minnesota could lose star running back Adrian Peterson for some time after he suffered a knee injury Sunday.
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