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An Ugly Monday Night W for Da Bears

USA Today

After a crushing loss to Detroit last week in which they gave up a 12-point lead in the final four minutes of the game, the Chicago Bears headed to the Twin Cities to play against a streaky Minnesota Vikings team under the Monday Night Football lights. It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t easy, but the Bears escaped out of US Bank Stadium with a win, 12-10.

Both teams struggled mightily on offense. The Vikings’ Joshua Dobbs, who only started his third game with the team, could not find a rhythm throughout the game, and the Bears defense really got to him. He finished his night 22/32, 185 passing yards, one touchdown pass and four interceptions. He had only one INT prior to this game. The leading receiver for Minnesota was tight end T.J. Hockenson, who caught five passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. Their leading rusher was Alexander Mattison, who had 10 carries for 52 yards. Defensively, they did force two late fumbles from Justin Fields, but they were unable to win the game at the end.

For the Bears, it was Justin Fields second game back from injury, and he didn’t quite replicate his solid performance against the Lions. He finished his night 27/37 with 217 passing yards. No touchdowns, no interceptions, but he did have two crucial fumbles in the fourth quarter, but luckily the defense gave him an opportunity to have a game-winning drive, and he delivered in that way, setting up Cairo Santos for a walk-off field goal. The leading receiver for the Bears was DJ Moore, who had another fantastic game. He caught 11 passes for 114 yards. Cole Kmet added seven catches for 43 yards. The leading rusher for Chicago was… Fields, with 12 carries for 59 yards. Roschon Johnson also added 10 carries for 35 yards.

The Bears defense really came to play as well, forcing four interceptions from Dobbs. The first came from defensive back Jaylon Johnson, who made a fantastic jump-and-catch for the takeaway. Safety Jaquan Brisker intercepted a ball that was tipped off of Vikings receiver Jordan Addison. Linebacker T.J. Edwards got an interception, as did defensive back Kyler Gordon. These turnovers, as well as some clutch defensive stops late, led the Bears to a win.

A couple of fun stats: This is the first time the Bears have won a game within the division in the Matt Eberflus era (exact date: Thanksgiving 2021). This is also the first time any NFL team has won a game this season without scoring a touchdown (teams were previously 0-28). Finally, this is the first time the Bears have won a game without scoring a touchdown since October 3, 1993, when current Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh was the quarterback of the Bears (final score: 6-0). Wild.

Chicago will have a full week to celebrate this win, as they will now enter their bye week. Their next game will be on the Lakefront, as the Bears will take on the Lions at Soldier Field on December 10th.

 

By Jermale Dabney, Junior, Lindblom Math and Science Academy

Instagram: @jermale_d

 

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Written by Jermale Dabney

Hi, I’m Jermale! I love roller coasters, theater, and Chicago sports (unless it’s the White Sox).

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