8 quick thoughts on the Minnesota Vikings loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 16

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson
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5. Vintage Justin Jefferson made an appearance

Against the Bengals last week, Justin Jefferson had a few moments where he reminded people that he's arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL right now.

But in Minnesota on Sunday, Jefferson seemed 100 percent back to being the player that won the league's Offensive Player of the Year award last season.

His performance included an impressive touchdown catch in the back corner of the end zone, an incredible reception in which he got right up after a gigantic hit by a Lions defender, and an insane catch to help to help the Vikings convert on a 3rd-and-27 in the fourth quarter.

Minnesota's superstar receiver finished his afternoon with six catches for 141 yards and a touchdown, but unfortunately, this vintage Jefferson performance wasn't enough to lead the Vikings to a win over Detroit.

6. Vikings had no answer for Lions rushing attack

Heading into Sunday, Minnesota had one of the better defenses in the NFL this season when it came to stopping their opponent's rushing attack.

But the Vikings' run defense met their match when they took on the Lions this weekend.

Detroit running backs David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs combined for 135 of their team's 143 rushing yards on Sunday, which is the most Minnesota has given up on the ground to an opponent this season since Week 6.

To be fair, the Lions came into this week's contest with one of the best rushing attacks in the league, and they certainly proved this to be true on Sunday inside U.S. Bank Stadium.