Led by offense, Bears shake off doldrums, defeat Vikings

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The Bears didn’t make it easy on themselves — of course they didn’t — but they did enough to secure a 21-13 victory vs. the visiting Vikings on Sunday at Soldier Field.

The Bears’ offense controlled the game, racking up 468 yards in nearly 39 minutes of possession and converting 10-of-17 third downs. Quarterback Jay Cutler completed 31-of-43 passes for 330 yards and three TDs, with wideout Alshon Jeffery tallying 11 catches and 135 yards and one score and Brandon Marshall hauling in seven passes for 90 yards and two scores for Chicago (4-6).

However, for as well as the Bears played, they left points on the field. A 4th-and-goal sweep by Cutler off left end at the Minnesota 1 ended with the quarterback being held short of the goal line.The Bears also missed a first-quarter field goal, and Cutler was picked twice.

In the end, the Vikings had a chance to tie the game in the final moments, but Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s heave into the endzone was intercepted by safety Ryan Mundy, securing victory for Chicago.

The Vikings scored the game’s first 10 points, but the Bears’ offense soon got into gear. The Vikings had trouble with Marshall and Jeffery all day, and Marshall’s 44-yard TD catch with 2:49 left in the first half gave the Bears a 14-10 lead, an edge they would not relinquish.

Bridgewater completed 18-of-28 passes for 156 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Minnesota, which fell to 4-6. His top target was wideout Charles Johnson, who hauled in six passes for 87 yards.

Tailback Matt Forte added 117 yards on 26 carries for the Bears, who host Tampa Bay next week. The Vikings host Green Bay.

61 responses to “Led by offense, Bears shake off doldrums, defeat Vikings

  1. Only 13 points against one of the worst defenses in NFL history. Teddy Checkdown only threw one pass over 20 yards all day. It was intercepted.

    SKOLOLOLOL.

  2. This game was gift wrapped, and handed to the lowly Bears by the horrible refs.

    I guess Christmas came a month early.

    Look.

    The Minnesota Vikings will overcome adversity.

    We always do.

    It’s in our blood…

    It’s in our DNA…

    We still have the 3rd best winning percentage out of every team in the NFL.

    And we will still find a way to win a Super Bowl this year.

    We have the most talented young roster in the league.

    And will dominate.

    The Dynasty Continues.

    #Skol

  3. the bears not only had to beat the vikings but their inept coach! offense clicking and scoring points? great let’s slow the game down and kill the momentum before halftime. 4th and goal and you run a qb sweep? they were just lucky bridgewater does not know what he is doing yet.

  4. The Historic Minnesota Vikings, preseason favorites to win the Super Bowl according to some experts here, have captured sole posession of Last Place. And we belong there! Just a pathetic team effort today. Bridgewater is just horrible and his lack of emotion when he plays is very disturbing…like he does not care what happens. Maybe we made a mistake again? Norv Turner appears to be a horrible hire with as bad a play calling book as Musgrave. Is he also only allowed to use a postcard for our playbook? Sure seems like it. Our secondary is worst in the league and cant defense anything. Defense line did not show up today. Where is Patterson again too? And Kalil, can we just finally bench him?? Every time we take one step forward we take two steps back. It is hard to watch this team play. Well, tomorrow Peterson gets banned for rest of the year and so stick a fork in our season. Another stinker in a long line of them Historic Viking. Congrats to Bears!

  5. Look.

    The Vikings had to fight the refs who clearly were against them.

    The Vikings had to fight the last place Bears, who were clearly against them since they actually showed up to play.

    The Vikings had to deal with Teddy Bridgewater, a great college QB, but arguably the biggest bust in the last couple years.

    The Vikings had to deal with that QB who can’t clutch in critical situations.

    SKOL

    /sarcasm ended

    The Vikings are god awful through and through. Enjoy the bottom of the NFC North again.

  6. Packer trolls. our season was over 5 weeks ago, go to Lions page and talk smack. we don’t care.

  7. My Vikings just are not that good. Sure, a few flashes of promise, but any good team needs to build their core for a few years before they can contend. That core is 75% in place with Teddy, Cordarelle, Harrison Smith, Griffin, and Barr. They need a handful of few good players to be a threat.

    Congrats to Bears. Good bounce back after last week.

  8. The second time this year that we won the turnover battle but lost the game. Who else does that?

    Pondwater was passed on by 31 other teams after his pro day, but we get him. It’s so soul crushing to know we’re going to go through this same garbage for another 3 years… year 1) Oh he’s a rookie year 2) Oh he’s making strides (but we’re just saying that because we don’t want to wreck his confidence -spoiler alert – it’s already wrecked) year 3) lame duck coaching year as Pondwater has his “make it or break it year”. All he was trash all along.

    And Kalil is a turnstile. Get him off the field already. And Josh Robinson too.

  9. This was a fool’s gold win for the Bears. That was a bad team they beat today. Cutler threw 2 more picks, which would have cost them the game against a good team.

    I just want Emery, Trestman and Cutler gone at the end of this season, but I know that isn’t going to happen. If the McCaskey’s have shown us anything over the years, it’s that they are content with mediocrity and losing.

  10. As much good as the Bears managed to show today, a real opponent would have killed us off the early mistakes and Cutler’s two picks.

  11. lnfinite says:
    Nov 16, 2014 4:34 PM
    Home cooking and a poor offensive line play doomed Vikings today. Some butts need to get kicked is an understatement.

    _____________________________

    Home cooking? No such thing for the Bears, who haven’t won in Chicago.

  12. “That core is 75% in place with Teddy, Cordarelle, Harrison Smith, Griffin, and Barr. They need a handful of few good players to be a threat.”

    A moment of clarity!

    It’s that pesky last 25% that is so difficult to put together.

    It’s like 90% of the job.

    The first 75% is easy.

  13. “desertviking64 says:
    Nov 16, 2014 4:30 PM
    Packer trolls. our season was over 5 weeks ago, go to Lions page and talk smack. we don’t care.”

    —–

    No, because every freaking offseason we have to listen to Vikings’ trolls go on and on about “Packers one and done” and the “dynasty,” and every real game during the real season they’re proven wrong. So for these 16-20 weeks, we get to shove it in their faces, while they get the 28-32 others to proclaim their unproven greatness. They do this on every NFL blog/site for those weeks. Not just here.

    I respect Bears’ fans. I hate the Bears, but I hate them because of our longstanding rivalry.

    The Lions now terrify me because they’re suddenly awesome, but their fans seem to be alright.

    The Vikings? Nope. Through and through garbage.

  14. hepftpoet says:
    Nov 16, 2014 4:23 PM
    This game was gift wrapped, and handed to the lowly Bears by the horrible refs.

    I guess Christmas came a month early.

    Look.

    The Minnesota Vikings will overcome adversity.

    We always do.

    It’s in our blood…

    It’s in our DNA…

    We still have the 3rd best winning percentage out of every team in the NFL.

    And we will still find a way to win a Super Bowl this year.

    We have the most talented young roster in the league.

    And will dominate.

    The Dynasty Continues.

    PFT POET…Can you tell me what it is that you take every day???…I want to be able to look @ the world the same way you do.

    Did I miss the dynasty somehow?…I just do not recall any day , week, month or year the vikings were relevant.

    But, right now…they are really not good @ all. At least the Raiders & jets compete a little bit…Vikes need to be blown up again this year. Time to start all over.

    Teddy, not an NFL QB. Zimmer, great DC, but over matched as HC

  15. Where were all of these Packer fans back in the early ’80s? Green Bay vs Tampa Bay, called by ESPN as The Bay of Pigs, because the two franchises were so pathetic. Lynn Dickey. Don Majkowski. The good old days.

  16. Inept game planning both offensively and defensively by the Vikings. Seems like Norv hung ’em up after the Rams game as the offense reverted back to the days of Bill Musgrave. Defensively, no ability to create any pressure. The one time they brought a blitz, Cutler threw a horrendous pass that was picked. So natural, no reason to continue to pressure Cutler into tossing inaccurate balls when you can sit back in coverage and watch your 5’8″ corners get abused by 6’4″ receivers all day. Disappointing all the way down from the coaches to the players, especially coming out of a bye week.

  17. glink182 says:
    Nov 16, 2014 5:06 PM
    Where were all of these Packer fans back in the early ’80s? Green Bay vs Tampa Bay, called by ESPN as The Bay of Pigs, because the two franchises were so pathetic. Lynn Dickey. Don Majkowski. The good old days.
    ———————————–

    Well, genius, there wasn’t an Internet in the ’80s. The Packers fans were there. They’ve always been there. Always will be there. There’s a reason there hasn’t been a blackout in forever and the season ticket waiting list is almost as long as the list of a Vikings fan’s list of excuses.

  18. glink182 says: Nov 16, 2014 5:06 PM

    Where were all of these Packer fans back in the early ’80s? Green Bay vs Tampa Bay, called by ESPN as The Bay of Pigs, because the two franchises were so pathetic. Lynn Dickey. Don Majkowski. The good old days.
    ————

    Sad Vikings fan has to go back thirty years to trash talk the Packers.

    Sad.

  19. Finally, if you think Bridgewater is bust at this point, you’re clinically insane. I think he has a bright future and it’s pretty evident that he has all the attributes of a franchise QB except the on the job training. He’ll take his lumps like he did today but if he learns from them, he’ll be here for a long, long time.

  20. glink182 says:
    Nov 16, 2014 5:06 PM
    Where were all of these Packer fans back in the early ’80s? Green Bay vs Tampa Bay, called by ESPN as The Bay of Pigs, because the two franchises were so pathetic. Lynn Dickey. Don Majkowski. The good old days.

    ——–

    Uhh sorry about this, but the internet wasn’t invented back then. Also, Lynn Dickey was an amazing passer with no mobility so he got the crap kicked out of him.

    Don Majkowski is indefensible, however, though he did give us Brett Favre.

  21. They were still cheering on the Packers and buying out all seats at Lambeau.

    Not sure what Vikings “fans” were doing as the internet did not yet exist. Probably they were writing insults in wide ruled spiral bound notebooks with crayons and showing their friends how cool they were.

    My how they have evolved!

  22. Lets get a grip people……The Vikings are NOT a dynasty, they are not going to the Super Bowl as players this year and prob not next either. The Vikings will not get a wild card if they play the rest of the season like they did today. Realistically, the Vikings are no threat to anyone, not yet anyway!

    The Defense is getting the pieces in the right place, but we are ranked higher than we deserve in regards to the defense. Right now, the Vikings have a middle of the road defense but they do get better each week. I am thinking next year the defense will be a brick wall in regards to the run, and will dominate as a pass defense. We are not there yet, but our time is coming.

    The Vikings have a horrid offense. Against Chicago’s defense, MN should have been able to score at will, but Bridgewater threw more “check down” passes this game than I have seen in others. It is not all Teddy’s fault though. Receivers MUST get open. If you watched the game, Bridgewater looked down field first before the check down pass. That is a good thing, but again, receivers MUST GET OPEN! I’m certain Teddy is doing exactly what the coaches are telling him to do. The reigns will come off soon though, prob not till next year though!

    The Vikings time is coming, but we are no where near being an 11 or 12 win team. Next year we will be about a 9-10 win team. The first year in the new stadium we will get a first round bye in the playoffs, maybe even go to the dance.

    The following year, watch out! The Vikings will become the first team to host a Super Bowl in their own stadium and the first to win in their own stadium as well! We are no where near that good……….yet

  23. Who’s the one here that always says “the Vikings invented the game of football”? If you turn on the Packers game right now you will see a team that “plays the game of football”. Next weekend is going to be brutal again.

  24. …..one last thing…….Vikings fans/trolls need to quit using “it was the ref’s fault” as a excuse. The ref’s didn’t lose the game, the Vikings did. I watched the whole game and can’t say I saw a single thing they really did wrong.

    Quit making excuses…..The Vikings lost today, plain and simple!

  25. @Mnvikingsfan The Vikings just got basically eliminated from playoff contention. They’re 0-3 in their division, they’re 4-6 overall, and are now at BEST the 12th seed in the NFC. There was never much hope; but it’s over now.

  26. snowlock2013 says: Nov 16, 2014 5:37 PM

    @Mnvikingsfan The Vikings just got basically eliminated from playoff contention. They’re 0-3 in their division, they’re 4-6 overall, and are now at BEST the 12th seed in the NFC. There was never much hope; but it’s over now.
    ===========================

    GB won the division at 8-7-1 so most anything is still possible. I do agree with you, most likely the Vikes knocked themselves out of playoff contention this year anyway…….At best we would have only got a wild card birth anyway…..

  27. But Vikings fans, remember we should discredit the Packers 55 points against Chicago because they’re so terrible.

    Where’d you go? Where’s “Touchdown” Teddy?

    Oh right. Aaron Rodgers can do in 30 minutes what your whole team needs half a football season to do. Remember when we were up 42-0 on you? Checkdown Teddy has to play the defense that is shutting down the Eagles.

  28. But Vikings fans, remember we should discredit the Packers 55 points against Chicago because they’re so terrible.

    Where’d you go? Where’s “Touchdown” Teddy?

    Oh right. Aaron Rodgers can do in 30 minutes what your whole team needs half a football season to do. Remember when we were up 42-0 on you? Checkdown Teddy has to play the defense that is shutting down the Eagles soon.

  29. tjacks7 says:
    Nov 16, 2014 5:23 PM

    Finally, if you think Bridgewater is bust at this point, you’re clinically insane. I think he has a bright future and it’s pretty evident that he has all the attributes of a franchise QB except the on the job training. He’ll take his lumps like he did today but if he learns from them, he’ll be here for a long, long time.
    ____________
    Franchise QB’s have strong arms, something Teddy Softtoss does not have. (ya know, attribute lacking)

  30. cheeseisfattening says:
    Nov 16, 2014 5:46 PM
    I remember what the Packer fans were doing in the 80s. They were walking around with cheese on top of their heads and they were eating lots of cheese. Just like now.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////

    Want some?

  31. Actually the internet did exist in the 80s but it not have the familiar graphic interface that you can point and click. Back then it was almost all archaic text based commands and was used primarily by university, government and military researchers.

    But it did exist.

  32. I give the Vikings this much credit, they are usually totally irrelevant by Holloween so by extending it all the way to mid November before they are out of it represents a small improvement. Another loss next week to the Packers and you can basically stick a fork in the Vikings this year.

    On to talking about the draft, and then once the Vikings draft anybody, its 3 more months of talking about how that draft pick is Canton bound and will make all the difference in the world to the last place Vikings. Sort of like the washing machine in my basement, rinse and recycle, its the the last place Vikings.

  33. I’m pleased for the Bears. They met the “NFL standard” – if you can’t win against the vikings, then you don’t belong in the NFL.

    I guess we can look forward to the vikings bragging about their high draft position, off season improvements, and how they will be Super Bowl bound next season, right up to Labor Day.

    I’ve been hearing how great the trophyless vikings are going to be next year for over 4 decades.

    It is like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown yet he still believes he will kick it.

  34. The OFF SEASON CHAMPS again

    THEY ARE PATHETIC AGAIN

    DYNASTY HAAAA

    I NOW H A T E the Vikings
    I cannot WAIT to beat them next week

  35. When we go through season after season finding the same weaknesses beating us…SINCE Childress, it screams the one constant that has been there through it all…..Speilman! I like alot of what he has done, but in a passing league that FAVORS that style, we continue to have NO depth at corner!!!!! Year after year we watch this…ALL good teams find it and ABUSE it! NO big play recievers ourselves!!! and a now, a horrible offensive line!!

  36. If its any consolation, in 2 or so years, you won’t have a worse stadium than the Bears do, which is really hard to do.

  37. Okay, couple of things….just about the game. Tired of refuting Packer trolls. It’s not like they ever go away, anyway.

    1. Josh Robinson was picked on all day. For whatever reason, they were killing him all day, especially on comeback routes. Perhaps he is too stiff in the hips to get back into position on a timing route. If that is the case, than they need to get him off the field. Or maybe try him at safety. He can’t be worse than Blanton. But perhaps he is simply a zone corner being forced to play man….

    2. Charles Johnson needs some more burn. Bridgewater seems to like him and trust him more than he does other receivers. Get him out there, coach. Hell, make Jennings an overpaid assistant coach and let him work with Patterson on his routes if that’s what it takes.

    3. Figure out what is wrong with Kalil. He gets beat over the top too much. Something tells me part of the problem is that he does not trust the guard next to him if his man goes inside. He does not commit to stopping that edge rush until the last moment, and that is often too late. Get in his head and get in his footwork and make him into the PBer he was as a rookie again.

    4. 4-6. As painful as it is, let’s use what is left of this season to put some things in motion for next year. Assume Peterson will not return and move ahead with Mckinnon. He’s not a bell cow, so don’t try to make him one. Pass first. Get those quick passes going early and often. Crosses, slants, 5-yard outs, hitches, the things you run out of 3 and 5 step drops. Get Teddy to focus on trusting his receivers and throwing those balls and relying less on his checkdowns. Let the short-to-intermediate passing game set up the run. Wright down the seam and Patterson down the sideline more often, with Jennings, Johnson, and Rudolph/Ford dragging beneath them. Look deep first, then down to the drags, and get the ball downfield. Push it and see who can make it work, so you know what you have to do this spring.

    Offseason wish list: CB, FS, LB, OL, WR. Move WR to #1 if there is a real game-changer available (Amari Cooper?), but another body is not going to help much there.

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