1. Having to settle for field goals
The Vikings offense was impressive overall on Monday night. They were down Justin Jefferson but pass catchers like T.J. Hockenson, Jordan Addison, and Brandon Powell all stepped up. Kirk Cousins was laser-focused, staying calm in the pocket and delivering some breathtakingly accurate passes.
While the offense had no problem moving the ball, they did stall out on the goal line twice. This is where the Vikings' lack of a running game really was apparent.
They stuck with Alexander Mattison in these situations, and he wasn't able to punch it in or catch a pass that was thrown to him. They also attempted a couple of tush pushes that went completely awry.
It was like once they were in that spot, Kevin O'Connell's play sheet had no options, and the offense forgot who they were and the things that they do best.
The Vikings were lucky their lack of being able to get six instead of three didn't cost them in this one, but it is an area that needs to be cleaned up.
That could start by replacing Mattison with Akers, using the big-bodied tight ends in jump ball situations, or even finding ways to get Addison isolated in one-on-one coverage.
The Vikings red zone offense has been bad all season, but not being able to punch it in twice from the one-yard line was tough to watch in this one.