Minnesota’s rushing attack is blazing
Even though every week hasn’t ended in a win for the Vikings this season, it certainly hasn’t had anything to do with their run game underperforming.
This year, the Vikings haven’t ended a contest with less than 172 rushing yards. Minnesota’s 581 yards on the ground are currently the second-most in the NFL and Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is sitting atop the league with 375 rushing yards.
But Minnesota’s success on the ground hasn’t been only because of Cook. The Vikings have also seen rookie running back Alexander Mattison play well during his opportunities this season.
Mattison scored his first career touchdown last week and he’s rushed for 132 yards on 25 carries this year (5.3 yards per attempt).
Minnesota’s run game will get a good test on Sunday against the Bears. Currently, Chicago is allowing the third-fewest yards per carry in the NFL and they have yet to let an opponent finish with more than 90 rushing yards this season.
However, the Bears haven’t faced an opponent who has attempted more than 24 rushes this year yet. This week, they’ll be taking on a Vikings team that is averaging over 34 carries per game this season.
Until an opponent proves otherwise, there is no reason to believe that Minnesota’s rushing attack won’t continue to be successful on Sunday.