Defensively, the Vikings were helped early on by a number of Packers penalties, which put them behind the 8-ball.
The one mitigating factor for the defensive line was that they did generate some holding calls early, which helped stall some first half drives, but overall the Vikings defense did little on their own to slow down the Packers. Should the Packers lose one more non-Vikings game than the Vikings the rest of the season, and the Vikings beat them in Green Bay, the Vikings would take the division crown. The Packers face the Rams next weekend, and also have games at the Ravens and home against the Browns
After the road game at the 49ers next weekend, the Vikings schedule gets easier the rest of the way, with the Bears twice, Lions, Steelers, with the Rams and Packers back-to-back after Christmas.