They say as long as someone is attractive to someone else, that’s the only thing that matters.
The Minnesota Vikings’ 19-13 win over the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football wasn’t one for the runway, but Vikings fans are glad to take that one home to momma.
The win was the third straight for the Vikings — all divisional contests — and brought their record to 4-5. For the Bears, it was their fourth straight loss after starting the season at 5-1.
STAND BACK, IT’S GONNA GET UGLY
The Vikings took the opening kickoff and had a solid drive going; but on the eighth play of the drive, Kyle Rudolph fumbled, with Tashaun Gipson recovering on the Bears’ 28-yard line.
The euphoria in Chicago was short-lived, as Nick Foles badly overthrew a second-down pass and Harrison Smith was the beneficiary. His interception and return set the Vikings up at the Bears’ 41-yard line.
A six-play drive ended on a pretty 17-yard Kirk Cousins to Adam Thielen touchdown pass. With a defender draped on him, Thielen reached out with one hand and cradled the ball into his chest for the score.
The Bears would answer with a 14-play, 70-yard drive that stalled on the Vikings’ six-yard line. Cairo Santos knocked through a 23-yard field goal to cut the Minnesota lead to 7-3.
Late in the second quarter, the Vikings were again on the march. A Kirk Cousins pass slipped through the hands of Thielen (maybe he should have used just one), and Bears linebacker Khalil Mack intercepted at his own 22.
The subsequent return set Chicago up at the Minnesota 45-yard line. A 21-yard pass to Anthony Miller moved the ball to the Vikings’ 24-yard line. The drive would stall and Santos kicked his second field goal of the half, narrowing the Minnesota lead to 7-6 as the teams went to the half.
A DISTURBING ‘PATTERSON’ OF INADEQUACY
The Bears currently have one major weapon. His name is Cordarrelle Patterson and he returns kicks, often for big yards. For some inexplicable reason, the Vikings chose to put the second-half kickoff in Patterson’s hands and they paid dearly for it.
Patterson took the ball four yards deep in his own end zone and returned it 104 yards for a Bears’ touchdown. Before the second half was even 15 seconds old the Bears had taken a 13-7 lead.
Minnesota’s first drive of the half would stall. Britton Colquitt’s 34-yard punt was muffed by return man Dwayne Harris, with Vikings rookie safety Josh Metellus recovering at the Bears’ 20-yard line. Minnesota would gain just one yard, but Dan Bailey nailed his 37-yard field goal attempt. cutting the Bears’ lead to 13-10.
A Chicago three-and-out led to a 60-yard Vikings drive that ended in a game-tying 43-yard field goal that tied the game at 13. The big play on the drive was a Kirk Cousins to Justin Jefferson 54-yard pass.
Chicago’s next drive would lose five yards. After the punt, Minnesota took over on its own 37-yard line. Bears standout defensive end Akiem Hicks would not play in the fourth quarter due to a hamstring injury, and the Vikings took advantage early. They would drive 63 yards in nine plays, culminating in Cousins’ second touchdown pass of the game to Adam Thielen from six yards out. The key play on this drive was a Cousins to Kyle Rudolph 22-yard pass on a 1st-and-20. Rudolph carried several Bears defenders with him for the last 10 yards of the play. A botched snap on the extra point left the Minnesota lead at 19-13.
After an exchange of punts, the Bears started on the Minnesota 46-yard line with 5:01 left to play. Foles would lead them to the Vikings 31-yard line where, on a 3rd-and-5, Allen Robinson would take a short pass only to be dropped for a four-yard loss by Vikings rookie cornerback Jeff Gladney. On fourth down, Nick Foles rolled out and had Harris wide open inside the Vikings 10-yard line, but was a bit long with the thrown and Minnesota dodged a bullet.
The Bears would get the ball back one last time with under a minute to play, but Foles would get injured on a first-down pass attempt, and backup Tyler Bray could only get Chicago out to their own 38-yard line, as the Vikings held on for the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
Kirk Cousins had a solid game on a night where the running attack was stalling. He completed 25-of-36 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns. His one interception was a ball that clearly should have been caught by Adam Thielen. Dalvin Cook struggled for the bulk of this game but would rush for 57 yards in the fourth quarter. In total, he carried 30 times for 96 yards on the night. Justin Jefferson ended the night with eight grabs for 135 yards, adding to his stellar rookie season numbers. Thielen would have just four catches for 43 yards but scored twice. Kyle Rudolph had four catches on the night for 63 yards.
Nick Foles completed 15-of-26 passes for a mere 106 yards and an interception. Patterson was a Swiss army knife on the night and led the team in rushing with 30 yards on 12 carries. The team would rush for just 41 yards on 17 carries. The top Bears’ receiver on the night was Robinson with six catches for a mere 43 yards. Chicago would have only 149 yards in total offense on the night with just 32 in the second half.
Oh, and congratulations to Kirk Cousins, who was finally part of a Monday Night Football victory in his 10th appearance.
Minnesota comes home to take on the 2-7 Dallas Cowboys, who are coming off a bye. Meanwhile, the Bears get a chance to lick their wounds as they head into their bye week.
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