Headline Story:CINCINNATI — Truthfully, the writing was on the wall from the very beginning.

As the Vikings lined up for their first play of the season, fullback C.J. Ham got whistled for a false start. The rest of the opening drive featured a false start from tight end Tyler Conklin, another false start from Ham, and for good measure, a holding penalty on right guard Oli Udoh before, mercifully, the Vikings punted the ball away.

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Not a good start for the Vikings, and it got worse from there, highlighted by star running back Dalvin Cook fumbling away the ball in overtime as Minnesota worked its way downfield for a possible winning score. Add it all up and the Vikings left Paul Brown Stadium with a 27-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) gets away from Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) during the second quarter Sunday, Sept. 12, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Joseph Maiorana / USA Today Sports
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) gets away from Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) during the second quarter Sunday, Sept. 12, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Joseph Maiorana / USA Today Sports

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  • Former North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance threw a touchdown in his first career NFL pass attempt during the regular season.

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Former North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance is shown here at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The San Francisco 49ers selected Lance at No. 3 overall in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 29, 2021. San Francisco 49ers photo
Former North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance is shown here at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The San Francisco 49ers selected Lance at No. 3 overall in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 29, 2021. San Francisco 49ers photo

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