3 silver linings from the Vikings loss to the Packers in Week 17

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As bad as the loss to the Green Bay Packers was for the Minnesota Vikings in Week 17, there may be some positives to take away from the debacle.

The Minnesota Vikings got lambasted at Lambeau by the Green Bay Packers in Week 17. Things fell apart shortly after the Vikings settled for a field goal from the Packers’ two-yard line after blocking a punt instead of going for it. Green Bay then returned the ensuing kickoff for a score and had a pick-six shortly after, essentially ending the game before the first quarter was even over.

It was a day where everything went the Packers‘ way, and basically, nothing went right for the Vikings. Justin Jefferson was taken out of the game by the Green Bay secondary, Greg Joseph missed multiple kicks, and passes that were tipped or not caught bounced into the air and into the hands of the cheese heads.

Minnesota head coach Kevin O’Connell didn’t have his best day calling plays or making coaching decisions, and the game completely got out of hand. The Vikings were unable to make a comeback or cash in on the opportunity they had to gain ground on the NFC’s No. 1 overall seed with the Philadelphia Eagles losing for the second week in a row.

As bad as things were and are, there are some positives to take away from the horrible loss. Here are three of them.