Offense (47 total plays)
Quarterback: Teddy Bridgewater 47
Noteworthy: Rudolph was quiet in his first game back from sports hernia surgery, finishing without a target and playing primarily in passing situations. The Vikings stuck with Ellison and Ford in their two-tight end sets on first and second down, for the most part, and Bridgewater found Ellison on a well-executed bootleg off play-action for the Vikings' only touchdown. ... Johnson saw his role in the Vikings' offense continue to increase on a day when a hamstring injury limited Wright's playing time and Jennings briefly left the game with an injury to his ribs. Johnson finished the day as the Vikings' leading receiver, with six catches on seven targets for 87 yards. ... The Vikings didn't spend much time trying to establish the run, with Bridgewater handing off to a running back just 10 times. Patterson got a toss out off the backfield for two yards, and Bridgewater kept the ball on one read-option play, but the Vikings' lack of a run game contributed significantly to the fact they held the ball for just 21:22. Twenty-three of McKinnon's 38 yards game on a first-quarter carry, where Kalil made a solid down block that cleared Jared Allen out of the play and left a gaping hole for McKinnon. ... Bridgewater's first target of a receiver didn't come until the end of the second quarter. ... Kalil and Loadholt were each beaten around the edge for a sack, with Allen getting the best of Kalil in the first matchup of the former teammates.
Defense (77 total plays)
Noteworthy: Floyd and Griffen continued to play well; the defensive tackle might have been the Vikings' best run defender, while Griffen batted down a Jay Cutler pass and registered five hurries, according to Pro Football Focus. The Vikings, though, went without a sack for the first time this season, and after the game, coach Mike Zimmer lamented the fact Cutler had lanes to escape the pocket, stemming from what Zimmer believed was players trying to win one-on-one matchups and not staying committed to the unified rush concept that had helped the Vikings choke off escape lanes for QBs and rise to the top of the league in sacks. ... Barr had one of his worst days in an impressive rookie season, missing several tackles on a day when the Vikings struggled to wrap up Matt Forte. ... Hodges got one snap in the second half, on a third-and-6 look when the Vikings kept three linebackers on the field but moved Hodges in for Brinkley in pass coverage. ... Munnerlyn left the game with cramps in the second half and Price took over for him at slot cornerback for several series. ... Robinson got beat for all three of Cutler's touchdown passes, though it appeared he should have had deep help from Blanton on the second TD. Smith's 52-yard interception return made him the first Vikings defender with more than three INTs in a season since Cedric Griffin in 2009.