Defensive MVP – Honorable Mentions
This was not a great showing from the Vikings defense. Chicago was able to dominate the ground game by winning the war in the trenches, allowing running back David Montgomery to pick up 146 yards on 32 carries with two touchdowns. Plus, Mitchell Trubisky added 34 rushing yards on eight attempts.
Minnesota’s pass defense struggled a bit as well. Containing a talented receiver like Allen Robinson is a big challenge for any squad. But the young Vikings defense did the best they could to try to keep the Bears one dimensional.
Here are three Minnesota players who were good on defense in Week 15, but not quite the team’s MVP.
Todd Davis – LB
With Eric Kendricks out, the Vikings once again featured Todd Davis in a bigger role. Although Kendricks has been having an amazing season, Davis has been a pretty solid backup option and he’s played at a high level when his number has been called. He ended the day with eight tackles (four solo), one sack, and one pass breakup.
Jeff Gladney – CB
It is still a little weird for so many young defensive backs to be on the field for Minnesota, but they are playing at a decent level this year, and much of that is thanks to the team’s 2020 draft class. Jeff Gladney was physical on Sunday, attacking ball carriers, and accumulating six tackles (four solo) with one being for a loss.
Eric Wilson – LB
Tackling wasn’t a strength for the Vikings this week. The Bears outplayed Minnesota in the trenches, but the second level of the defense did their best to limit big runs. Eric Wilson led the way with 11 tackles on the day (four solo) with one hit on the Chicago quarterback and a shared tackle for a loss.