6 biggest takeaways from the Vikings loss to the Bears in Week 12

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Vikings takeaway No. 3

The defense was great but not flawless

Despite all the mistakes on offense, the Minnesota Vikings defense kept the Chicago Bears out of the end zone all night. That is impressive for a defense that was so bad last season that they were allowing huge amounts of yards every week.

Minnesota's defense was on the field for the majority of the game, but still kept the game within reach. They only allowed 217 passing yards and 118 rushing yards on the night despite being on the field for nearly 36 minutes.

That's not to say that the defense is mistake-free. They allowed the Bears to convert nine of their 19 opportunities on third and fourth-down. It was frustrating watching Chicago convert on third-and-long opportunities.

As stated earlier, the final drive of the game for the Bears felt like the Vikings were happy being highly conservative and allowing plays to happen as long as they weren't big plays. Sadly, that lack of aggression was likely a big reason the Bears were able to kick their game-winning field goal.