Cousins, O’Connell talk MNF vs Eagles and “taking the slime”

Last week’s season-opening win left the Vikings 1-0 on the new season and left head coach Kevin O’Connell covered in bright green slime at a practice this week.

Click the video box on this page to watch Kirk Cousins and Kevin O’Connell’s weekly press conference as they discuss Monday night’s game in Philadelphia and O’Connell “taking the slime” for his team

During Thursday’s weekly press conference, Kirk Cousins discussed Monday night’s game in Philadelphia, a notoriously hostile environment for visiting teams. Despite the legend of Lincoln Financial Field, Cousins is 3-2 in five career starts in Philly including the Vikings most recent visit – a 23-21 win in 2018.

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The conversation eventually turned to the topic of slime.

Kids TV-network Nickelodeon is sponsoring an “NVP Award” each week of the NFL season. A trophy is sent to the weekly winner at their team facility along with a bucket of Nickelodeon’s trademark green slime.

Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson earned Week One’s “NVP” award, prompting O’Connell to tell his team he’ll “take the slime” anytime a Viking wins the honor.

He followed through on the offer at practice this week.

Cousins said Thursday Vikings players thought they might have a chance to win the NFL’s official Player of the Week honors for offense, defense and special teams. Admitting they went 0-for-3 in those, he said they’re now fully behind the “NVP” Award after Nickelodeon honored Jefferson.

He joked about the potential for a Vikings player to win the NFL’s official Most Valuable Player Award, but they’d say it doesn’t matter unless they also win the Nickelodeon season-long NVP Award and get to appear on the network’s “Teen Choice Awards”.