Overreaction No. 2
Minnesota's offense struggled against a terrible Bears defense
On Sunday, the Vikings were able to score two touchdowns against the Bears, but only one of Minnesota's trips to the end zone was on an offensive drive.
On the Vikings' fifth and final offensive drive of the first half, Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins found rookie wide receiver Jordan Addison in the back of the end zone for an easy score, and that turned out to be their lone touchdown drive of the day.
For whatever reason, whether it was because of Justin Jefferson not being on the field, the matchup taking place inside a divisional opponent's home stadium, or something else, the Vikings just struggled to consistently move the ball on offense all afternoon long.
Some believed Minnesota should have been able to wipe the floor with Chicago's defense, especially since the unit came in the game ranking 30th in points allowed per drive.
However, the Bears defense has been much better on their home field this season than they have on the road.
In their three home games this year, Chicago has allowed the opposing offense to average 286 total yards, 208 passing yards, and 78 rushing yards.
Minnesota was on the lower end of this spectrum on Sunday with 220 total yards, 174 passing yards, and 46 rushing yards. But one would like to imagine the Vikings would have been closer to the averages that the Bears have allowed to their other opponents at home this season if they had Jefferson on the field this week.
Since the arrival of Cousins in 2018, Minnesota's offense has struggled more often than not during their annual trip to Chicago. Sunday's game was the fourth time since 2018 that the Vikings gained fewer than 270 total yards in a road matchup against the Bears.
Minnesota has also averaged 18.3 points in their six games in Chicago since 2018, so their total of 19 on Sunday was right around where it has typically been for the last few years.
So the Vikings didn't exactly miss an opportunity to pummel the Bears on Sunday, as it seems like it was just more of the same for Minnesota in their yearly trip to Chicago.