The Minnesota Vikings made their annual trip to Chicago to on an NFC North rival Bears team and were simply dominated.
Strange BEGINNINGS for Bears Offense
Despite playing at home, the Chicago Bears seemed to have some disadvantages as this game began. They were missing key defensive players in DT Akiem Hicks and LB Roquan Smith. They were also missing WR Taylor Gabriel, who amassed 3 TD in last week's contest. To make matters worse, on QB Mitch Trubisky's 6th throw of the game against the Viking defense, he fumbled the ball and landed on his non-throwing shoulder and it was determined that he'd be sidelined for the rest of the game. However, the fumble would be nullified by a Minnesota Penalty the Bears offense turned to Chase Daniel who led a 52-yard drive capped off by a TD throw to HB Tarik Cohen. From this point in the game, the Bears defense paved the way for the Bears to bruise and cruise to their third win of the season.
It ALL STARTS UP FRONT
After 4 weeks, it is evident that if Minnesota cannot run the ball, success on offense will be hard to come by. Coming into this game, The Minnesota offense, the only team in the NFL to have more rushing yards than passing yards, was averaging 5.6 yds/carry and nearly 193.7 yds/game. Chicago held them to 2.5 yds/carry on just 40 yds/game. LB Khalil Mack and the rest of the front seven were swallowing up HB Dalvin Cook all night, which led all but one of the Vikings drives to either a punt or a turnover. Oh, and not to mention, the Bears sacked Kirk Cousins 6 times for 51 yds.
The Vikings simply must figure out how to make plays through the air. At the moment, QB Kirk Cousins is simply not making the significant impact he must to carry his offense over the hump on a week-to-week basis. As WR Adam Thielen stated after the game, "At some point, you're not going to be able to run the ball for 180 yards, even with the best running back in the NFL. That's when you have to be able to throw the ball... You have to be able to hit the deep balls."
Yep. This is the National Football League, and that's the way the game is in its current state. If the Vikings can't figure out a way to do this, they are likely looking at another mediocre season, similar to last year's campaign.
Backup QB Chase Daniel did a great job filling in for Mitch Trubisky. Daniel has been in the league for 10 seasons and he exuded this experience as he managed the game and made very few mistakes. Despite having enough success to pull out a win, the Bears Offense is still not where it wants to be.
However, after 4 weeks, the Bears have shown that their defense can consistently limit opposing offenses. With some key starters out, it was able to dismantle the Vikings, which shows off the depth this squad possesses.
Vikings (2-2): The Vikings continue on the road as the travel to the Meadowlands to face Daniel Jones the New York Giants. Minnesota has not played the G men since 2016.
Bears ( 3-1): Chicago will travel east as well, only a little further. It goes to London to face the Oakland Raiders in London. The Bears are 1-0 in games across the pond in England, and will look to make it a streak.
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