The Vikings are stubborn on offense
We already talked about how the offensive line struggled and didn’t give Kirk Cousins a very good chance to succeed. That said, the game plan coming into Week 15 was one that should never have been attempted against the Bears.
Since the entire starting secondary was out for Chicago, attacking through the air would have been the smartest move. Still, the idea for Minnesota was to run Dalvin Cook directly at Akiem Hicks to open up the passes.
This is a common strategy for Mike Zimmer. He loves running the ball to control the clock and trusting his defense to play well. A better approach would have been to attack with quick passes like slants and curls to get in a rhythm and move the chains.
Minnesota only gained 193 total yards with this strategy. What makes this all even worse is that when Mike Zimmer was asked at halftime how he could improve the offense, he said that they were “throwing the ball way too much” against the Bears. Baffling.