4 biggest takeaways from the Vikings loss to the Saints in Week 16

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The Vikings offense has a lot of talent

Minnesota went shot-for-shot with the Saints for a majority of this game, staying within two scores. New Orleans has a high-powered offense that can take many teams right out of their game and force them to abandon their strategies.

Instead of just laying down, the Vikings fired back. Minnesota scored five touchdowns this week with two coming on the ground and three through the air. This is pretty impressive considering the team has one massive shortcoming.

The interior of Minnesota’s offensive line has been brutal this year. This week had some disgusting plays, including one that saw the Saints throw center Garrett Bradbury so far backward that he collided with quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Even though it was still bad, the Vikings allowed single-digit hits on Kirk Cousins for the first time in their last four games and only sacked him twice. With some improvements to the offensive line, there isn’t a lot to worry about on that side of the ball when the offseason rolls around.

What was your biggest takeaway from the Minnesota Vikings game against the New Orleans Saints in Week 16? What what did you learn about this team on Christmas Day? Let us know in the comments.