Nov 16, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata (44) rushes the ball against Chicago Bears outside linebacker Shea McClellin (50) during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field. Chicago Bears defeat the Minnesota Vikings 21-13. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Rushing Defense: A
Although Minnesota’s passing game can be considered average at best, they came into this matchup boasting the 10th-ranked rushing offense. But the ground game was largely ineffective against a Bears team that had little else to play at this point aside from pride.
In fact, the Vikings produced just 96 rushing yards on 16 carries, but 48 of those yards came on a fake punt. What is also worth noting is that the Vikings had the ball for just a little over 21 minutes while recording just 10 first downs. And once the Bears shut down the ground game, their opponent became a one-dimensional offense.