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Instant analysis: Vikings offense rolling vs. Bears

By Matthew Coller

The Minnesota Vikings wrap up the regular season at home against the Chicago Bears. Follow quarter-by-quarter analysis here:

First quarter

– The Chicago Bears’ defense looks a lot different than it did when the Vikings lost at Soldier Field on Halloween night. The Vikings cruised down the field to score a touchdown on their opening drive. Jerick McKinnon, who has not been used as creatively as we hoped, scored on a screen pass. Why he hasn’t been used more as a receiver or in the screen game is hard to say.

– TJ Clemmings left the game with an injury, opening the door for Rashod Hill. If Hill, who was signed off the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad, plays well, it would be a pretty bad look for the coaching staff. He sat on the sidelines as Clemmings posted the second worst Pro Football Focus grade in the NFL.

– Jarius Wright is playing today. His complete absence this year has been bizarre. Last year, he caught 34 passes and was a fairly significant part of the offense, but in 2016 he has been inactive several times and only had an impact on one game vs. Houston filling in for Stefon Diggs. If there was any interest in the preseason, the Vikings should have traded him.

– Xavier Rhodes picked up his fifth interception of the year on a poor throw from Matt Barkley. It’s safe to say the Chicago Bears are in for a long rebuild. John Fox may very well be fired and Barkley hasn’t shown signs of being their answer at quarterback.

The post Instant analysis: Vikings offense rolling vs. Bears appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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