Minnesota Vikings snap counts: Zach Line, Danielle Hunter used heavily

The Vikings took advantage of some of their younger players on both sides of the ball Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

The Minnesota Vikings used fullback Zach Line more against the Chicago Bears than they had at any other point this season.

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

  Off Def ST
Players 62 64 27
J Berger 62 0 6
B Fusco 62 0 6
M Kalil 62 0 0
M Harris 62 0 6
T Clemmings 62 0 6
T Bridgewater 62 0 0
C. Johnson 0 0 0
K Rudolph 53 0 7
M Wallace 38 0 0
A Peterson 30 0 0
J Wright 25 0 0
R Ellison 34 0 13
M Asiata 13 0 11
J McKinnon 19 0 7
Z Line 23 0 9
M Pruitt 9 0 5
C Patterson 0 0 3
A Thielen 23 0 18
X Rhodes 0 61 0
A Barr 0 0 0
H Smith 0 0 0
T Newman 0 58 0
C Greenway 0 64 4
E Griffen 0 31 0
B Robison 0 55 3
A Sendejo 0 64 3
L Joseph 0 0 0
T Johnson 0 59 3
S Floyd 0 35 3
R Blanton 0 2 15
D Hunter 0 48 6
S Crichton 0 0 0
S Stephen 0 0 0
C Munnerlyn 0 50 0
E Kendricks 0 64 3
M Sherels 0 0 21
A Cole 0 0 0
T Waynes 0 9 17
A Exum 0 0 0
J Locke 0 0 9
K McDermott 0 0 9
B Walsh 0 0 13
A Shepherd 2 0 6
J Trattou 0 10 14
S Diggs 41 0 2
E Robinson 0 14 14
K Ellis 0 11 0
J Trusnik 0 0 18
B Watts 0 0 14
J Robinson 0 0 14
S Prater 0 0 0
A Harris 0 63 3
Z Kerin 0 0 6


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