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Minnesota Vikings Suffer Heartbreak Loss

3 Takeaways From a Brutal Vikings’ Loss In Detroit

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The Minnesota Vikings suffered a brutal loss in Detroit on Sunday. In typical Vikings fashion, it came down to the final drive of the game. Jared Goff threw a pass to Amon-Ra St. Brown to give the Lions their first win of the season. Before the game, the Vikings sat just outside of the 7th seed of the playoffs. Now, the Vikings’ playoff future is murky. Where do the Vikings stand now? Here are the three biggest takeaways from the game.

Leaving Points Off The Board

Coming into the game, the Lions’ defense was one of the worst red-zone defenses in the entire NFL. The Vikings found themselves in the Lions’ red-zone twice in the first quarter. Both times, the Vikings settled for a field goal. This lead to the Lions getting ahead of the Vikings quickly in the second quarter, as they put up 20 points. The Vikings would go for a two point conversion 3 times because of Detroit’s lead. They didn’t get a single two point conversion.

The Vikings have left points off the board the entire season. It’s finally come back to haunt them. The fact of the matter is that if the Vikings had made those two point conversions, they would have won the game. Against the 49ers last Sunday, the Vikings missed 2 two point conversions. Today they missed 3. In both games, they were the difference maker. The Vikings play in close games every week. If they want to win, they need to find a way to score points how ever they can.

The Defense Plays Soft

D’Andre Swift missed the game on Sunday due to injury. The Vikings were missing linebackers Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr. A young Vikings defense had a chance to prove themselves against a struggling Lions’ offense. Unfortunately for the Vikings, they made the Lions offense look elite. Jared Goff threw for 296 yards, 3 touchdowns, and an interception. The Vikings defense allowed 100 rushing yards and 272 passing yards.

The final statistics don’t look terrible for the Vikings defense. However, when it mattered the most they couldn’t get the stop. The Lions got the ball back after the two minute warning with no timeouts. They proceeded to drive down the field and score on a last second touchdown. Mike Zimmer is a coach who prides himself on his defense. The Vikings spent all off-season rebuilding their defense. Considering the Vikings’ defense couldn’t make a stop when it mattered the most, how useful is a defense first philosophy in today’s NFL?

Coaching Is An Issue

Kirk Cousins threw for 340 yards and 2 touchdowns in today’s game. Justin Jefferson had 182 yards and a touchdown. Alexander Mattison had 90 rushing yards, 34 receiving yards, and a touchdown in Dalvin Cook’s absence. These kind of statistics should indicate a Vikings victory. Instead, they led to a bitter defeat. What exactly went wrong for the Vikings? With a game like this, you always have to examine the coaching staff.

The coaching staff deserves most of the blame for today’s loss. Through the first half of the game, the Vikings offense looked conservative. After a hot start to the game, Justin Jefferson was rarely targeted in the second quarter. Jefferson was also seemingly absent for a key third down late in the second quarter. After the second Lions’ touchdown, the Vikings defense sulked off the field. No one was fired up about just giving up a big touchdown. The offense and defense finally came alive after half time, but unfortunately for the Vikings, you have to coach well the entire game to win. The Vikings’ coaching looked to be asleep for half the game.

What’s Next for the Vikings?

The Vikings came into the game with a 50% chance to make the playoffs and were just outside of the 7th seed. Now, they’re playoff chances seem to be all but gone. With a defense that can’t make an impact and a coaching stuff that’s inexperienced, making the playoffs wouldn’t make a difference anyways. They’d likely be eliminated in the wild card round. The Vikings should focus on the 2022 season and on what changes need to be made to help this team reach their full potential.

Other Notable Factors

  • Adam Thielen left the game early in the first quarter. He missed the rest of the game.
  • Christian Darrisaw’s absence made an impact on the offensive line. Players were shifted around. The Lions’ were getting pressure on Kirk Cousins.
  • Oli Udoh had another rough game. He was responsible for 2 penalties, including 1 in the fourth quarter that killed a drive.
  • Kirk Cousins statistics don’t tell the full story. He struggled to make throws in the first half of the game.

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  1. Anonymous

    December 5, 2021 at 3:31 PM

    He should be fired immediately!

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