Turnover party leads Vikings to road victory over Bears in Week 6

It wasn't pretty, but the Minnesota Vikings held on for the win on Sunday
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Jordan Hicks
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Jordan Hicks / Michael Reaves/GettyImages

Giving up the ball too many times to their opponents has been the story of the 2023 season for the Minnesota Vikings. Well, against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, it was the Vikings who were able to take advantage of their opponent giving up the ball too many times.

Thanks to the Bears turning the ball over three times on Sunday, including a fumble that was returned 42 yards the other way for a touchdown by Minnesota linebacker Jordan Hicks, the Vikings were able to escape Chicago's Soldier Field with a 19-13 win.

The victory improves the Vikings' record to 2-4 this year, and this could potentially be a victory that Minnesota looks back on in a few weeks as a turning point to their season.

This was also the Vikings' first game without star wide receiver Justin Jefferson on the field this year. Jefferson is currently on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, and he won't be eligible to return until Minnesota's Week 11 game against the New Orleans Saints.

The Vikings' passing attack certainly wasn't as lethal on Sunday without their top receiver on the field, but they still got the job done. Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 21-of-31 pass attempts to six different pass-catchers for 181 yards and one touchdown.

Cousins' lone touchdown pass was to rookie Jordan Addison near the end of the first half. The score was Addison's fourth of the season, which is the second-most by a Vikings rookie after the first six games of their NFL career (second only to some guy named Randy Moss).

So now Minnesota is 2-4 with a Week 7 Monday-night matchup inside U.S. Bank Stadium against a 5-1 San Francisco 49ers team that might be without running back Christian McCaffrey and wide receiver Deebo Samuel, as both players left the team's loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday early due to injuries.

Is this the beginning of things beginning to turn around for the Vikings?