Stefon Diggs was the only positive on offense catching 13 passes for 126 yards and one touchdown.
The Viking’s offense has lost all sense of a balanced offensive attack, throwing the ball 46 times while only rushing 14 times. Within those 14 rushing attempts, Minnesota was only able to gain 22 yards. The offensive line struggled all night long and was dominated by Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack.
The Vikings also turned the ball over in crucial situations with Dalvin Cook fumbling at the Bears’ 15-yard line and Kirk Cousins throwing a pick late in the first half, while already in field goal range. Despite these turnovers, the Vikings were only down one possession with the ball in their hands early in the fourth quarter when Cousins threw a pick-six to cornerback Eddie Jackson, which proved to be the difference in the game.
With Andrew Sendejo out for yet another week, Anthony Harris started at strong safety and intercepted Mitchell Trubisky twice in addition to Harris’ three pass deflections. Another backup that started this week who played well was Eric Wilson, finishing the game with seven tackles and a sack. As a unit, the Minnesota defense forced three turnovers, but it still wasn’t enough for a victory.
The Vikings defense struggled with getting pressure on Trubisky, recording only one sack. When Minnesota did get pressure on Trubisky, he was able to scramble for large gains, picking up crucial first downs. Chicago was able to rush for 148 yards, demonstrating the Bears clearly won the battle in the trenches and dominated the Vikings defensive line.
Kicker Dan Bailey was two for two on field goals and didn’t attempt any extra points.
The onside kick at the end of the game was poorly executed as Minnesota never had a chance to recover it.
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