3 reasons why the Vikings are their own worst enemy in 2023

The Minnesota Vikings are entering the final stretch of their season, but are they their own toughest opponent?

Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison
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With six games left on their 2023 schedule, the biggest obstacle left for the Minnesota Vikings might be getting out of their own way.

The Minnesota Vikings are coming off a disappointing loss to a Denver Broncos team they were clearly better than.

Anyone watching the game last Sunday night could tell that the Vikings were a more complete team with a much more effective offense and a defense that was playing tough, physical, and clean all night long.

Despite being better, Minnesota still lost this game. Multiple factors led to this outcome, and it was very reminiscent of how the team started the 2023 season.

The Vikings' upcoming schedule is loaded with teams who also look inferior. Minnesota should have a clear and somewhat easy path to the playoffs, but the question has to be asked. Are the Vikings their own worst enemy?

Minnesota continues to make various mistakes that keep inferior opponents alive. This pattern was alleviated during the five-game win streak but showed up again in Denver.

The battle for the final wild-card spot isn't that intense and the Vikings have a big lead, but will they be holding that if they have to not only beat their opponents every week but also have to overcome their own insufficiencies?

Let's go over three reasons why Minnesota is currently their own worst enemy.