The Vikings are built to win games by running the football and playing strong defense. When you play that way, you're going to be in close games, and you have a thin margin of error. As such, they can't expect to win a road game when they:
--fumble the ball three times.
--miss a field goal.
--commit seven penalties.
Once again, the defense played admirably. They only gave up touchdowns when Viking turnovers gave the Titans a short field. They prevented first downs on 11 of 17 3rd down plays.
Once again, the offense just didn't have it in them to score more points than the opponent. But today, the Vikings also made error after error, mistake after mistake, botched play after botched play. They can't possibly expect to win a road game making that many mistakes.
What are the 1-3 Vikings going to do the rest of the season? We must certainly temper our most hopeful expectations, but the Vikes are still just one game back of the NFC North leader. But they look like a fiercely competitive team at home, and an incompetent mistake-prone team on the road. The schedule does get easier, but for the Vikings to be better than 7-9 this season, they have to win a road game (this is a literal statement). And they can't make as many big errors as they did today if they expect to win any road games.