Minnesota Vikings: Studs and duds vs. Bears in Week 4

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Stud: Stefon Diggs

One player that stepped up in the game and showed up for the Minnesota Vikings early and often in their loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon was Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Diggs has struggled to start the 2019 campaign so far this season, but it was good to see him return to form against the Bears on the road, even if it did come in a loss.

Diggs led all receivers in the game with his first 100-yard receiving performance of the regular season through four weeks. Diggs finished Sunday’s game in Chicago with a total of 108 yards receiving on seven catches and seven total targets. He also managed to record a game-long reception of 38 yards for Minnesota.

His performance might get lost in the thick of a disappointing overall team performance in Week 4, but Diggs took a step in the right direction for the Vikings on Sunday against the Bears. That is an important aspect to this offense moving forward this season.

Dud: Vikings defense

The first dud that was present for the Vikings throughout the course of Sunday’s Week 4 loss to the Bears was their defense. Or lack thereof. As one of the top defensive units in the NFL this season, Minnesota’s defense did not perform well in the loss to Chicago at Soldier Field.

After Mitch Trubisky left the game early on for the Bears with a shoulder injury that ended up sidelining him for the rest of the contest, the Vikings allowed Chicago’s backup quarterback Chase Daniels to put on a show to lead the Bears. Daniels finished with just under 200 yards passing and one passing touchdown in the win.

On the ground, Minnesota let Chicago run for just 75 yards, but the overall defense didn’t look as strong as we have been accustomed to seeing out of the Vikings over the course of the year thus far.