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The Vikings have typically been a sound tackling team during their first season in Mike Zimmer's defense, but they had what might have been their worst tackling day of the year in a loss to the Bears on Sunday. Considering the running back the Vikings will have to bring down this week against the Green Bay Packers, they'll have to be better to avoid a reprise of some bad memories.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Vikings missed a season-high 13 tackles on Sunday. Rookie linebacker Anthony Barr was credited with five in what was one of the toughest days of his rookie season. Running back Matt Forte shook off Barr's arm-tackle attempt on a 30-yard screen in the first quarter, and Barr was the first of four Vikings to miss on Forte's 32-yard run at the end of the third quarter.
There's no magic formula for the Vikings to improve their tackling; it's a matter of players being in the right spots, taking good angles and wrapping up ball carriers. Barr appeared to overrun several plays against the Bears and paid for it against the elusive Forte. Sunday, however, brings a date with Packers battering ram Eddie Lacy, who is sixth in the league with 2.23 yards after contact per carry, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Lacy rumbled for 105 yards on 13 carries in the Packers' 42-10 win over the Vikings on Oct. 2, and keeping him from gaining extra yards will be an important task for the Vikings.