6 biggest takeaways from the Vikings loss to the Packers in Week 17

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Offensive playcalling was once again questionable

Coming into this game, the Minnesota Vikings were starting a quarterback who has never started a game that resulted in a win and never threw a touchdown in an NFL game. Thankfully, one of those things happened when K.J. Osborn caught a touchdown pass but was having the offense constantly throw the ball the plan coming into this game?

Minnesota passed 39 times compared to only nine carries for Dalvin Cook that resulted in 13 yards. That couldn’t have been what the Vikings wanted to do in front of a national audience during a game where the entire season was on the line.

Abandoning the run is the furthest thing from what a Mike Zimmer offense wants to do. It’s easy to see why they got frustrated since the team only got 1.4 yards per carry from Cook, but to put all your faith in the arm of Sean Mannion is not advised.

Since the Green Bay defense played the run strong while keeping everything in front of them, it made Minnesota one-dimensional and led to them converting only two of their 12 third-down tries and only one of their four fourth-down tries.