The Vikings entered last Sunday’s matchup with the Chicago Bears ranked 3rd in rushing and 5th in rushing defense. But during Sunday night’s game, it was the Bears who looked better in both of those phases of the game.
The Bears outgained the Vikings on the ground 119 to 53, they averaged nearly 2.0 yards more per play than the Vikings and Chicago’s pass rush registered 5 sacks while the Vikings got to Jay Cutler just once. It was a surprising development to witness because the Vikings in recent seasons have been a physical group on the line of scrimmage, both defensively and offensively.
Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier identified this as a concern during his Monday press conference.
“When I looked at the tape, the biggest thing was we did not play the physical football game that we are accustomed to playing up front on our defensive line and our offensive line,” Frazier said. “They (Chicago) didn’t do a whole lot of things differently than what they did against Detroit. We did not physically take over the line of scrimmage like we are capable of doing and like we have done on other occasions.
“For them to run the ball as effectively as they did, for that quarterback to stand there and take time in the pocket and for their defensive line to stuff our run game the way they did, they’re not the only team that plays eight-man fronts against us, but for us to not get any movement against their defensive line, that’s unacceptable and we have to get it fixed.”
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