Who is to blame for the Vikings’ loss to the Bears in Week 4?
By Adam Patrick
Heading into this season, everyone knew the offensive line was going to be one of the weakest parts of the Vikings’ roster, even with the additions of Garrett Bradbury and Josh Kline.
However, many also expected Minnesota’s blockers to be an improved unit compared to the dumpster fire that took the field in 2018. So far, it doesn’t appear like much has changed besides the players when it comes to the Vikings’ offensive line this season.
Minnesota’s pass protection isn’t something that was really mentioned as a big problem leading up to Week 4 and this was mainly due to the offense only attempting a small amount of passes. Well, it clearly should have been viewed as a larger problem after seeing what the Vikings’ blockers were unable to do against the Bears on Sunday.
This week, Minnesota’s offensive line gave up six sacks and allowed Chicago to rack up seven quarterback hits as well. Kirk Cousins felt the pressure from the Bears defense all afternoon long and he had Minnesota’s blockers to thank for that.
The Vikings’ offensive line couldn’t even run block well in Chicago, something that has been viewed as a strength of the unit so far this year. It was just a bad performance from Minnesota’s offensive line on Sunday and this sentence has been written way too many times during Mike Zimmer’s tenure with the team.
Blame Percentage: 20 percent