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The Minnesota Vikings stumbled into their bye with a 1-5 record, their previously fierce home-field advantage vanished as they faced a low-water mark of four games under the .500 mark for the first time in coach Mike Zimmer's seven seasons. Zimmer simply expressed trust in the players that they could initiate a turnaround, a belief backed up by the front office when only one trade – sending recently acquired defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to Baltimore – was made before the deadline. Tired of losing like that, in that fashion,'' linebacker Eric Kendricks said.