Vikings takeaway No. 1
Replacing Jefferson's productivity was a group effort.
Coming into this game, one of the biggest questions surrounding the Minnesota Vikings was how they would approach their offense without having Justin Jefferson to draw the attention of the Chicago Bears defense.
Since the Bears never led in the game, Minnesota was focused on running the ball. The team had 22 rushing attempts on Sunday with Alexander Mattison having 18 of those for 44 yards where he averaged only 2.4 yards per try. Sadly, the Vikings still do not have a rushing touchdown this season.
In the passing game, tight end T.J. Hockenson got the majority of looks in this game, seeing eight targets from Kirk Cousins. He caught six of those to lead the team with 50 yards, including a nice 21-yard play.
K.J. Osborn and rookie Jordan Addison both had five targets. Addison scored his fourth touchdown of the season in the closing minutes of the half, showing more of the potential he has flashed through the first five games of the 2023 NFL season.