Kirk Cousins finally earned his first career Monday Night Football victory this week, defeating the Chicago Bears 19-13 in a game that was closer than should have been.
Heading into the game, Cousins had neither won on a Monday night nor had beaten the Bears under Matt Nagy. The game played exactly as most would have predicted it would. A battle of wills between the Bears’ stout defense and the Vikings’ explosive offense. With Dalvin Cook running the ball and weapons like Adam Thielen, it was sure to be an interesting game. It was no walk in the park for either side though. The Bears threw everything they had at the Vikings, holding MVP candidate Cook to only 96 yards, forcing 2 fumbles and a stealing an interception, but it was still not enough.
The Bears offense played their worst game of the season only gaining 149 total yards of offense. More than once did the defense stop the Vikings to keep the game close, but it was all in vain. The Bears scored two field goals by Cairo Santos and a lone touchdown by Cordarrelle Patterson on a 104 yard kickoff return to start the second half.
On the other side, Thielen had a strong game. He grabbed a pair of touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the fourth. Justin Jefferson had 135 yards on 8 receptions in his first Monday night game.
When it was all said in done, if not for the Bears strong play of defense, this would have been a blowout. The Bears weren’t able to keep their offense on the field and gave the Vikings too many chances. With one of the worst offenses in the league, there is now more public outcry for quarterback Mitchell Trubuisky to resume the starting role once he returns from a shoulder injury.
Nagy turned over play-calling this week, but with a weak offensive line and an immobile quarterback, play-calling could only do so much. They say defense wins championships, but that must not apply if you play for the Bears. The Vikings move to 4-5 and challenge the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday while the 5-5 Bears head into the bye week maybe looking to make some changes.
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