7 biggest takeaways from the Vikings loss to the Packers in Week 17

Minnesota Vikings safety Cam Bynum
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What did we learn about the Minnesota Vikings during their disappointing loss inside U.S. Bank Stadium to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday?

Following a loss by the Seattle Seahawks earlier in the day, the Minnesota Vikings headed into their Week 17 matchup with the Green Bay Packers knowing that they, once again, controlled their playoff destiny this season.

But instead of taking advantage of regaining their control, the Vikings fell flat on their faces and embarrassed themselves in front of their home crowd with an underwhelming performance that resulted in a 33-10 loss to the Packers.

Minnesota now has a 7-9 record heading into the final week of the 2023 regular season, and if they want to get into the playoffs, they'll not only have to defeat the NFC North champion Detroit Lions on the road, but the Vikings will need three other teams to suffer a loss as well.

So, yeah, Minnesota's hopes for the 2023 postseason were all but crushed during their loss to Green Bay on Sunday night.

But, To be fair, we should all probably be a little more surprised that they have been able to win seven games this season after Kirk Cousins tore his Achilles in Week 8 and other top players missed significant time due to injury.

Sticking to Week 17 though, let's look at some of the biggest takeaways from the Vikings' depressing loss to the Packers on Sunday, starting with who Minnesota's starting quarterback is likely going to be when they return for the 2024 season next September.