Line got into the game for 23 offensive snaps, making it four more snaps than he had received in his previous bests against the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons earlier this season.
He was rewarded in the end, catching a 4-yard touchdown pass from Teddy Bridgewater with 1:54 remaining to cap the scoring in a 38-17 win on Sunday.
“It was pretty cool to see Zach get in the end zone again,” Bridgewater said. “Zach’s a guy that does everything that we ask of him and like you said, it was a pretty athletic move of him to get in the end zone.”
On defense, the Vikings limited Everson Griffen’s snaps, as he was listed as questionable coming into the game with a shoulder injury. He played in just 31 snaps, mostly in pass-rushing situations. Griffen’s previous low snap-count total in a 2015 game he was active was 51 against the Detroit Lions.
Griffen was inactive against the Kansas City Chiefs and rookie Danielle Hunter played in 50 snaps in that game. Against the Bears on Sunday, Hunter had his second-highest play count at 48.
“We wanted to use Everson more in passing situations today if we could, so Hunter was getting a lot more reps,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.
Hunter had a very productive outing with five tackles, including one for a loss, 1½ sacks and two quarterback hurries.
VIKINGS SNAP COUNTS vs. BEARS