Offensive MVP – Honorable Mentions
The offense for the Vikings was able to score three touchdowns against the Bears on Sunday and they put their special teams in a position for Dan Bailey to knock two very short field goals through the uprights.
While that sounds great, it wasn’t all good. Minnesota only converted four of their 11 third-down attempts and they scored touchdowns on just half of their trips to the red zone. Those missed opportunities hurt, especially when one was a dropped pass in the end zone.
Here are three Vikings players who were good on offense against Chicago, but not quite the team’s MVP.
Tyler Conklin – TE
Kyle Rudolph being out the last two weeks has allowed the team’s third-string tight end to shine in a huge way. Once again, Tyler Conklin‘s blend of blocking and receiving was a big asset to the team, as he was second in receiving hards for Minnesota on Sunday with three catches for 57 yards and a score.
Dalvin Cook – RB
Running the football against Chicago isn’t easy. The Bears have some great big men upfront that can stonewall most rushing attempts. Despite that, Dalvin Cook averaged 5.5 yards per carry against Chicago, and he found the end zone once. He ended the day with 24 carries for 132 yards.
Brian O’Neill- RT
For the most part, pass blocking was horrendous for the Vikings on Sunday. The interior of the line struggled to contain the Bears defense, but the two offensive tackles did a solid job of protecting their quarterback. A slight nod goes to Brian O’Neill though since he absorbed a cheap punch from a Bears defender after blocking him out of a play.