Honorable mention – Defense
While the Minnesota offense struggled throughout the game, the defense did a great job in keeping the Vikings in the game. A high-powered and multi-faceted offense like Chicago’s can confuse and frustrate most teams, but the purple and gold held their own well.
Eric Kendricks, LB
Many Vikings defenders had a nose for the football in Week 11, but nobody finished off ball-carriers the way that Kendricks did when showing his ability to cover the field east and west against the run.
He led everyone in the game in tackles, taking down 12 Bears players with all of them being solo efforts. While none were for a loss, his ability to contain the explosive Chicago running backs is one great reason the game didn’t get out of hand even more than it did early on.
Eric Wilson, LB
Let’s be honest. The Vikings couldn’t get to Mitchell Trubisky. They just couldn’t. Following up a 10-sack output against the Lions, they were only able to bring the Bears quarterback to the ground once and only land two total hits him during the entire game.
Both those hits belonged to linebacker Eric Wilson, who got the start in place of the injured Anthony Barr and played one of the best games of his career by notching seven total tackles, five of them solo. Too bad it was overshadowed by a loss.