6 biggest takeaways from the Vikings loss to the Lions in Week 18

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The 2023 NFL season has mercifully come to an end for the Minnesota Vikings after they suffered a loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 18. The 20-30 loss gave the Vikings a final record of 7-10, missing out on a playoff appearance.

Minnesota lost their final four games of the season, which was part of a seven-game stretch where the Vikings were only able to muster one win. Now, they shift their attention to the offseason and the many questions surrounding the roster.

It's easy to point fingers at what went wrong this season, but the teams around the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North are showing significant improvement, meaning the purple and gold will need to get things right this offseason.

But, before taking too hard of a look at the offseason, let's evaluate this Week 18 contest against the Detroit Lions and discuss what was learned about the Vikings during their tenth loss of the season on Jan. 7, 2024.