The Vikings lost 31-24 Sunday to a good team on the road. From the start, it looked like one of those days where nothing would go right, and Minnesota committed uncharacteristic errors throughout the game. They turned the ball over three times, dropped five passes (matching their season total entering the day), and were defensively out of position on two decisive runs. The defense extended drives with incidental penalties and was beaten for a touchdown on a circus play in which they had the quarterback dead to rights but failed to close the deal.
It was, all around, a poor performance from one of the NFC’s best teams, and still they had a legitimate chance to win after charging back to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Had they punched the ball into the end zone rather than settle for a field goal on their final offensive drive — an area the team has generally excelled in 2017 — they probably would have won the game and improved to 11-2. As it stands, the Vikings are 10-3, and finished the once-daunting five-game gauntlet after their bye 4-1.
No, you shouldn’t be worried.