What is wrong with the Minnesota Vikings special teams?

(Photo by Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports) Britton Colquitt
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The Minnesota Vikings have one of the worst special teams units in the NFL.

Since returning from their bye three weeks ago, the Minnesota Vikings have been very efficient on both sides of the ball.

In their last three games, the Vikings have averaged 27 points and 399 yards of total offense per matchup while their defense has forced six turnovers and held their opponents to an average of 18.3 points per game.

Minnesota has won each of their last three matchups and they’ve fought their way back into the playoff picture. There is a lot to like about the way the Vikings have looked during the last three weeks, but there is still something that could get in the way of them sneaking into the postseason.

If Minnesota is going to miss out on the playoffs this year, it will likely have something to do with their special teams. The Vikings special teams has performed very poorly this season and it seems like the unit has only gotten worse since returning from their bye.

Let’s dive in a little deeper to attempt to figure out what exactly is wrong with Minnesota’s special teams this year and if it can be fixed before it results in the Vikings being left out on the outside of this season’s playoffs.