4 biggest takeaways from the Vikings Week 3 loss to the Titans

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Don’t give up on the Vikings just yet

So now Minnesota is sitting with an 0-3 record and to some, this automatically means the playoffs are out of the picture. While losing three straight games to start a season isn’t ideal, there are still teams from recent NFL history who have turned things around and found themselves in the playoffs.

Since 1980, only six teams have started 0-3 and gone on to earn a spot in the postseason later that year. So the Vikings’ playoff chances would certainly appear to be lower after the result of their game against the Titans on Sunday.

Minnesota’s offensive turnaround against Tennessee should give the purple and gold some hope for the future though. If the Vikings can just figure something out to fix their defense then their chances at defying the odds to make the postseason this year would be much higher.

During the next three weeks, Minnesota will face two teams who also have an 0-3 record after their first three games of the season (Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons). The Vikings absolutely need to win both of those matchups if they want to stay in contention for one of the seven playoff spots in the NFC this year.

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Minnesota’s bye will take place in Week 7 and if they still have less than two wins by then, declaring their 2020 season to be over would likely be a safe statement to make.