6 biggest takeaways from the Vikings loss vs. Lions in Week 13

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The Minnesota Vikings weren’t able to beat the winless Detroit Lions in Week 13 and there is a whole lot to unpack from this doozy of a game.

Well, it’s happened. The winless Detroit Lions got their first win of the season and it came against a Minnesota Vikings squad that was dealing with a lot of injuries but should have been able to take care of business.

There are a ton of excuses that can be used to explain the 27-29 loss. In the end, it came down to a Jared Goff throw with the clock expiring that put the nail in the coffin for Minnesota in Week 13 and pushed them to a 5-7 record.

The Vikings’ struggles on the road are well documented this season. Minnesota has only won two games on the road this year, one against the struggling Panthers and the other against the Chargers. With five games left this season, only two are on the road, guaranteeing a losing record away from U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Minnesota Vikings have a short week since the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town for Thursday Night Football in Week 14. Before looking too far ahead at that game, let’s see what we learned from the loss to Detroit this week.