1 Brutal Statistic For The Vikings After Loss To Packers

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NFL Analysis Network

When the Minnesota Vikings have lost games this season, it has been in embarrassing fashion. Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers was yet another example of that as they were blown out at Lambeau Field 41-17.

That final score doesn’t even do justice to how dominating of a performance it was for the Packers. They shut down Justin Jefferson, who caught only one pass for 15 yards on five targets. Without Jefferson, Kirk Cousins struggled mightily.

Cousins completed 18-of-31 passes for 205 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions, one of which was returned for a 75-yard touchdown. He also fumbled twice, losing one of them. With Cousins faltering, the entire offense was knocked out of rhythm as Dalvin Cook also struggled on the ground, gaining only 27 yards on nine carries.

The Vikings dropped to 12-4 on the season following the loss, but there are plenty of people who believe that is a fraudulent record. All four of their losses have been by at least 11 points, while they have only one victory that was by that many points.

Some luck has been involved in their success as Minnesota is 10-0 in one-score games this season. That has led to quite an anomaly when it comes to their record as the Vikings are on pace to break a record that they do not want to be associated with.

According to NFL on CBS, the Vikings’ point differential this season is -19. That would be by far the worst mark of any team with 12+ wins since the merger, as the second worst is +31 by the Oakland Raiders in 2016.

It is hard to explain how the Vikings have 12 wins on the season as their production more closely resembles a team that is 7-9 or 8-8 through 16 games. Minnesota will be using the regular season finale against the Chicago Bears to try and build some positive momentum for the postseason. 

Alas, they cannot feel good about their chances given how much they have struggled against teams contending for the playoffs. All four of the Vikings’ losses this season have come against teams that can earn a playoff spot in Week 18 if they haven’t already.