More rapid thoughts from Minnesota’s win over Chicago
Jefferson makes it look easy: There was a very brief time this season when some people thought that the NFL might have figured out how to stop Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson. But Jefferson has made it very clear in the last two weeks that opposing defenses still have a lot of work to do if they’re going to contain him.
For the second game in a row, the Minnesota receiver finished his day with at least 10 catches and 145 receiving yards. Jefferson officially finished Sunday’s matchup against the Bears with 12 catches for 154 yards.
Hunter ends his sack drought: In a different role in Minnesota’s new 3-4 defense, Danielle Hunter got off to a strong start in Week 1 with his first sack of the season. In the three games after, however, Hunter wasn’t able to come up with any sacks.
This changed on Sunday as the Vikings pass rusher brought down Bears quarterback Justin Fields in the second quarter during a 3rd-down play that forced Chicago to punt the football. Hopefully, we can expect more of this from Hunter moving forward.
Reagor gets his first touchdown: Acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles right before the start of the regular season, wide receiver Jalen Reagor found the end zone for the first time in a Minnesota uniform.
Reagor scored the Vikings’ third touchdown of the day when he caught a quick pitch from Kirk Cousins on Chicago’s one-yard line. It was a nice play-call for a guy that should probably be given even more touches moving forward.
Minnesota shuts down Chicago’s rushing attack: The Bears’ offense isn’t good at doing much of anything this season, but they did excel at running the ball in their first four games.
Chicago came into Sunday’s matchup ranking third in the NFL in total rushing yards and fourth in yards per carry. It seemed like a terrible matchup for the Vikings’ defense, who ranked 23rd in the league in rushing yards allowed after the first four weeks.
But, in a bit of a surprise, Minnesota’s defense came up big and held the Bears’ ground attack in check. Chicago was only able to rush for 78 yards on 24 carries on Sunday, their lowest total of the season.