3. Minnesota's special teams blunders
The Vikings' passing attack was great in the win over the Packers, the defense was exceptional, but the special teams, not so much. Minnesota's kicker is again a big reason why this side of the ball was so disappointing in this one.
During the Vikings' first drive, they had it 4th-and-1 inside the Packers 40-yard line. Instead of going for it, Kevin O'Connell decided to kick the field goal, and Minnesota's kicker pushed it right.
Greg Joseph also had a kick blocked late in the game that would've put them up by 17 points with just a few minutes to play. The block isn't on him, but the blocking scheme and lack of execution do fall on the special teams coach and players.
Joseph starting to look like the Greg Joseph of 2022 isn't a good thing for this team, which is going to need every single point it can get without Kirk Cousins in the lineup.
The kicking game wasn't the only disappointing part of the Vikings special teams unit. At the end of the first half, the Packers were able to drive down the field and attempted about a 20-yard field goal.
Their rookie kicker doinked it off the upright, and it looked like Minnesota would go into the half with a 10-point lead. Instead, rookie safety Jay Ward lined up offsides, giving the Packers another chance and a free three points.
In Ward's defense, there were probably three other players who could've been flagged for being in the neutral zone, but this is the second time he's been flagged for such an offense.
The Vikings also had a huge kick return called back on a hold by rookie linebacker Ivan Pace Jr., and whether this was a legit call or not, it happened on the opposite side of the field and had no bearing on the play. Pace didn't need to make it that close of a call.
Minnesota should've put Green Bay away by about 30 points, but the poor execution of the special teams side of the ball prevented that from happening.