4 problems the Minnesota Vikings must fix during 2022 bye week

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Third quarter scoring

Perhaps the biggest problem facing the Minnesota Vikings after such an impressive start is exactly what’s going wrong in the third quarter. Lightning starts have been negated by a complete lack of efficiency after the interval, which allows the opposition back into games they’ve no business being in all things considered.

Whether it’s complacency, a lack of halftime adjustments, or a combination of the two, this is a complication that threatens to hold the Vikings back unless it’s addressed.

Minnesota has scored just six points in the third quarter this season. Yet remarkably, it’s not impacted their ability to win games thanks to blistering starts, clutch finishes, and a little bit of luck thrown in for good measure.

This needs to be a collective effort. Kevin O’Connell’s lack of head coaching experience could be playing a part, so it’s vital his coaches and players provide enough input to get this concerning statistic trending in the right direction.

If the Vikings fix this during their Week 7 bye, then the sky’s the limit. A resolution that could potentially strike fear into other NFC Championship hopefuls given how well the team is performing otherwise.