6 biggest takeaways from the Vikings loss vs. Packers in Week 17

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There were several uncharacteristic mistakes

The Minnesota Vikings are a very disciplined team that ranks sixth in the fewest penalties accepted against them. They average only five per game. That includes this week’s outing which had six called against them with a number of those being because of the new offensive linemen.

Luck in general was on Green Bay’s side. Tipped balls would find their way into the hands of Packers players. Minnesota players slipped on the turf, resulting in turnovers and errors not typical of the team.

Two missed field goals by a usually-trusty Greg Joseph kept the gap between the two teams larger than it could have been. Not that six points would have made a major difference in the game, but it could have impacted momentum and field position.

This was not a good day for the Vikings in any sense of contest. Hopefully, things can return to normal for Minnesota next week when they travel to Chicago to take on Justin Fields and the Bears.