The Minnesota Vikings played dreadful on Monday Night Football as Halloween was not good to them. The offensive line had a hard time stopping the pass rush of NFC North rivals the Chicago Bears.
The Bears sacked the quarterback 5 times and hit him on 9 occasions. In the past two weeks, Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford has suffered 11 sacks.
The Bears defeated the Vikings 20-10 to continue the poor play of late by the Vikings. The offensive line is one of the keys to both success and failure and failure is taking precedence at the moment.
In Monday’s game, Bradford at times could not work through the chaos, taking place in his offensive backfield. Of course, the Bears had a lot to do about that, as John Fox the Chicago head coach was able to exploit a pair of mismatches on the line and just continued running the same blitzes and stunts again and again and again.
That resulted in the second worst passing output of the season for Minnesota and its second lowest output rushing as well.
The poor performance came on the day prior to the NFL trade deadline, which means on Tuesday there could be a trade or two in the Vikings future.
Minnesota has already traded away its pick in the first round to acquire Bradford from the Eagles at the start of the season. However, they could try to trade for an offensive lineman such as Joe Staley with the San Francisco 49ers or possibly Joe Thomas from the Cleveland Browns.
Cleveland has said repeatedly Thomas would not be traded, opting to keep the pass protector for whatever quarterback will be their starter come next season.
At the same time, Chip Kelly the head coach for San Francisco has said that Staley is an important part of the team’s future.
However, Philadelphia said that too about its former quarterback Bradford prior to one of the biggest trades in the NFL in the past decade.
Minnesota is in need of an offensive tackle as bad or more so than they needed a starting quarterback in September and could pull the same strings to accomplish that.
Minnesota’s loss was its second straight after opening with 5 straight wins. The Vikings remain on top in the NFC North by one game over the Green Bay Packers and will play division rivals the Detroit Lions on Sunday.