This loss ultimately drops the Vikings to a 2-8 record, with very few signs of improvement showing.
The Vikings defense, a unit for which they were known not so long ago, is riddled with holes due to injuries and disappointments. With four defensive starters inactive in the game, it was no surprise that the Vikings defense looked anemic, but it was the lack of fire and inspiration that truly made it hard to watch.
Though the game finished with a score of 27-21, it did not feel as close of a game as the score indicated. Despite the seemingly endless list of penalties on the Raiders, it truly felt like the Vikings were a junior varsity squad playing against a varsity Oakland team.
There wasn't just one thing that went wrong for the Vikings in this game, either; they just seemed to be coming apart at the seams. Despite the Vikings staging a late near-comeback, it became even more apparent how much rebuilding the team must do to once again be relevant in the NFL.
That being said, here are the five most deflating storylines in Minnesota's loss to the Oakland Raiders.