3 biggest Vikings scapegoats from the loss to the Packers in Week 17

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Chris Reed – OL

Chris Reed did not have a good game in Week 17 by any stretch of the imagination, but the situation that he was put into set him up for failure.

Reed will more than likely be the starting center in the Vikings’ final game of the regular season against the Bears on Sunday, and with a full week of prep under his belt, there is only room to improve.

Reed got his first snaps of the season against the Packers, and it showed. But as a backup guard thrown into the center position in a rivalry game at Lambeau Field, the odds were already stacked against him.

It was hard not to feel bad for Reed, as he was playing out of position, and he was tasked with one of the most important jobs on the offensive line. He didn’t play well, and it was clear that he wasn’t in sync with Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins.

But the Vikings offense, as a whole, didn’t play well, and most of them are full-time starters compared to Reed.