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