On November 4, the Minnesota Vikings sacked Detroit's Matthew Stafford 10 times, and they were credited with 17 quarterback hits. In their very next game — following a bye week, mind you — against the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football, the vaunted Viking pass rush only got home one time, and they had two QB hits.
Chicago’s pass protection wasn’t perfect on SNF, but in that situation, against that team, I was expecting much worse. According to Pro Football Focus, the Bears only allowed five hurries in the entire game. When the Vikings did break free, Mitchell Trubisky’s legs got him out of trouble more often than not. What we haven’t been seeing this year is the jail-break type of pressure from every angle attacking the Bears’ QB. If Trubiksy has a lane to escape, he usually makes a team pay. This is why defenses have started to spy him, which is great for Chicago, because if they have a defender spying, then he’s not covering.
Let’s see where we stand in the Sackwatch after 10 games.
2010 - 37 Martz
2011 - 23 Martz
2012 - 34 Tice
2013 - 16 Trestman
2014 - 24 Trestman
2015 - 18 Gase
2016 - 22 Loggains
2017 - 25 Loggains
2018 - 19 Nagy
I love the sacks numbers trending down. If the Bears can keep this up, they could become the least sacked team since the 2006 NFC Championship offense led by Olin Kreutz (25 sacks allowed).
Sack 19 - First Quarter 7:16 - Eric Wilson
The Vikings are known for blitzing a bit, but they only came after Trubisky on 10 snaps. This was one of those times. They only sent five, but it was a well timed blitz by inside linebacker Eric Wilson (#50).
The Vikings sit a defensive tackle in the B-Gap between right guard Bryan Witzmann and right tackle Bobby Massie, with a defensive end wide of Massie. Massie’s attention is to that DE, leaving Witzman responsible for the DT if he shot the B-Gap.
He didn’t. He crossed Witzmann’s face, which should have alerted him that a game was afoot. Once the defensive lineman shot across, he should have passed him off to his center Cody Whitehair, and looked for a stunter or a blitzer. Had Witzmann not turned his shoulders with the DT, he probably would have had the base to slow down Wilson, but once he turned he was beat. This one is on Witzmann.
Individual Sackwatch through 10 games:
Sacks Happen - 6
Mitchell Trubisky - 5
Kyle Long - 2
Bobby Massie - 2
Charles Leno Jr. - 2
Bryan Witzmann - 1
Dion Sims - .5
Eric Kush - .5