Minnesota Vikings Best and Worst: Week 15 vs. Chicago Bears

Minnesota Vikings CB Cameron Dantzler Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota Vikings CB Cameron Dantzler Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /
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Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /

More Bad Things

There are plenty of reasons to be frustrated after Week 15 if you’re a fan of the Minnesota Vikings. This game not only shrunk the team’s playoff hopes down to almost nothing, but made people wonder if Minnesota even deserves to be in the playoff picture at all.

Still, there were some things that happened against the Bears that were truly frustrating and disappointing. Let’s talk about those.

Other bad things from Week 15

  • Giving away yardage. There was some terrible tackling in this game from the Vikings with the most obvious being an attempted stop by Chris Jones that once again looked like more of a ‘business decision’ than a genuine attempt to stop the ball carrier. Giving up too many yards after contact is a major problem for Minnesota without their star linebacker in the lineup.
  • Use protection. For the third week in a row, Kirk Cousins absorbed more than ten hits during a game. This week, it was 11 hits and three sacks on the Minnesota Vikings quarterback that made completing simple pass plays a massive challenge.
  • Keep your weapons sharp. After catching an early touchdown in this game, Kirk Cousins didn’t target Adam Thielen much at all during the game. He ended the game with only two catches on three targets for 11 yards and one of the quietest days from him in a long time.
  • Moving the chains. The Vikings struggled really badly on third and fourth down. Minnesota only converted four of their 11 tries on third down and neither of their two fourth down attempts. It was truly an ugly performance.

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What did you think were the best and worst things to come from the Minnesota Vikings in Week 15 of the 2020 NFL season? And what else did you like or dislike against the Bears on Sunday? Let us know your opinion in the comments.