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Nick Kwiatkoski made big plays all over the field, including a devasting bull-rush against Dalvin Cook and another strip-sack for the Bears defense. Danny Trevathan also had a nice game stopping Cook in the run game.
The Bears’ offensive line created very little running room for their running backs. Left tackle Charles Leno Jr. struggled in pass protection, lining up across from pass rusher Everson Griffen who torched him on several occasions.
Rookie running back David Montgomery had no running room against the Vikings’ defensive front and finished the contest with just 53 yards from 21 attempts.
Kirk Cousins was under duress almost all game, but when he had clean pockets, he wasn’t accurate. He hit Stefon Diggs for a big gain but overthrew Thielen, who had Kyle Fuller beat on a corner route early in the game. For most of the game, it was quick throws to try and slow down Mack and the Bears’ pass-rush.
Riley Reiff and Bryan O’Neill had their hands full with Mack, and the interior of the offensive line wasn’t much better stopping Goldman and Robertson-Harris. The offensive line also had a rough time run blocking. The Vikings couldn’t get their outside zone game going at all.
The Vikings’ edge rushers were very disruptive in rushing the passer. Both Danielle Hunter and Griffen won off the edge frequently, flashing a spin move that was particularly effective. They added a couple of stops each in the run game as well, including tackles for loss.
Linebacker Eric Kendricks was active in run defense, often first to the ball carrier. He made a handful of stops and didn’t miss a tackle in doing his part to keep the Bears running game in check.
Garrett Bradbury had another dismal performance against Chicago. He will finish reviews as one of the lowest-graded rookies in Week 4.