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Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon (21) is stopped by Detroit Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson (24) and outside linebacker Antwione Williams (52) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

This season that started with so much promise for the Minnesota Vikings has been slipping away. ”We do a lot of good things but, unfortunately, the way our football team is right now we have to make sure we execute better in some of these critical situations in the ballgame,” coach Mike Zimmer said Friday, after the Vikings lost 16-13 at Detroit and fell behind the Lions and out of first place in the NFC North for the first time since Dec. 27, 2015. The Vikings (6-5) have lost five of their last six games after posting the NFL’s only 5-0 start.