6 biggest takeaways from the Vikings win over the Bears in Week 15

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The offensive line needs help

Since the start of this season, the Minnesota Vikings have been trying to figure out a configuration for their offensive line that would not only open up holes in the run game but be able to protect Kirk Cousins while he works out of the pocket.

This week saw Mason Cole take over at right guard following the return of Christian Darrisaw. Sadly, both Darrisaw and Cole had better days, with Cole likely having one of the worst days of his NFL career.

Akiem Hicks had his way with Cole all game, generating the line and making things difficult for both the run and pass game. He had four hits on Kirk Cousins with two of those being sacks. Plus, he plugged up the middle by moving Cole wherever he wanted to put him.

The saddest part was that no adjustments seem to be made. Minnesota didn’t make any personnel changes and didn’t give Cole a lot of help in dealing with this task. If the Vikings do this next week against Aaron Donald, it could be another long day for the offense.