Baker Mayfield Insulted Vikings Defender on Sunday

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The Minnesota Vikings dropped their season opener at home on Sunday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team forecasted for 6.5 wins heading into Week 1.

Perhaps the Buccaneers were better than advertised; maybe the Vikings simply aren’t very good. We shall see.

Baker Mayfield Insulted Vikings Defender on Sunday

En route to the win, Tampa Bay quarterback Baker Mayfield made sure to insult a Viking or two, as evidenced by a clip that hit social media on Tuesday.

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Mayfield, a man on his fourth team since 2021, told Vikings cornerback Byron Murphy to “get your fu–ing weight up, little boy.”

You can watch the clip here.

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Mayfield and the Buccaneers struggled early on offense against the Vikings, failing to consistently move the football in Quarters 1 and 2. But after halftime, Tampa Bay appeared to get the memo, dinking and dunking the Vikings underneath and solving its efficiency problems.

Meanwhile, Minnesota turned the ball over thrice while forcing no takeaways, and that was that. The Vikings could not circumvent the turnover differential — few teams can — fired up a few follies like lining up offside on a Buccaneers field goal, and went to sleep on offense in the 2nd Half.

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Murphy, the recipient of Mayfield’s insult, is 5’11” and 190 pounds, a fairly common weight for an NFL cornerback. In fact, it might be a little odd if he weighed too much more than that.

Still, Mayfield is infamous for Brett Favre-like taunting, and if his team is rolling, the verbal output often resembles a profane fire hydrant. Thankfully for his sake, he backed up the talk and sent the Vikings to 0-1 in a game where his team was a five-point underdog.

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Tampa Bay heads home in Week 2 for a date with the Chicago Bears, a team eviscerated by the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field last weekend. In a scenario that wouldn’t have been envisioned a week ago, the Buccaneers are favored to defeat the Bears by three points.

The Vikings get a shot at redemption much sooner, hitting the road for a date with the Philadelphia Eagles at a place that produced a horror film for Minnesota one year ago. Philadelphia is favored by seven points to send the Vikings southward to an 0-2 record.

Teams led by Mayfield have now defeated the Vikings twice in three seasons — at U.S. Bank Stadium. Dak Prescott is the only other non-NFC-North quarterback in history to win at U.S. Bank Stadium over the Vikings more than once.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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