Sunday Night wrap-up: Khalil Mack and the Bears roll the Vikings

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The Bears defense was probably going to be good anyway.

Their preseason trade for Khalil Mack turned the pressure up a notch, and their performance has followed.

Mack was dominant Sunday night in their 25-20 win over the Vikings, collecting a sack, batting down a pass and forcing and recovering a fumble.

That moved him to 8.0 sacks on the season, well above his pace the past two years with the Raiders (11.0 in 2016 and 10.5 in 2017). Mack had nine forced fumbles in 64 games with the Raiders. In 10 games with the Bears, he already has five.

His game was the most visible part of a defense that throttled a Vikings offense which has shown signs of competence this year.

The Vikings gained just 268 yards, however, and turned the ball over three times (and those yardage numbers were padded heavily late in the game). It was the kind of defense Chicago fans have seen in the past, and are beginning to grow accustomed to again. The fact the Bears finished this one (unlike the opener against the Packers) is only going to raise the expectations again.

And at nearly every turn, this defense is meeting them.

Here are five more things we learned during Sunday Night Football:

1. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is now the NFL’s leading rusher among quarterbacks, of course.

Trubisky surpassed Panthers quarterback Cam Newton‘s yardage total in the second quarter. He finished the game with 43 rushing yards and now has 51 carries for 363 yards and three touchdowns (including his late kneel-downs, which they’ll take). Newton has 72 carries for 354 yards and four touchdowns this season.

Of course, Newton has a history of success with his feet so you expect it, but Trubisky’s talent in the open field is apparent, as he has a sense of when to scramble and enough moves to make tacklers miss.

The only thing Trubisky seems to struggle with is sliding, as he doesn’t appear to have baseball background whatsoever. It’s more of a graceful collapse, as if he’s on fire and trying to put himself out.

Which, if you think about it, he kind of is.

2. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had played reasonably well in prime time games before Sunday night.

But man, do his teams keep losing a lot of them.

Prior to this one, Cousins had played in 15 night games, and had 29 touchdowns and 14 interceptions and a 99.5 passer rating.

His teams were 4-11 in those games.

Sunday, he was 30-of-46 for 262 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions for a 76.5 rating. And, they lost.

Win-loss records might not be a fair way to measure any individual player’s success in a complicated, interconnected game. That would be a reasonable explanation, except for the $84 million reasons the Vikings have for Cousins to lead them to games played under the brightest of lights.

3. Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller is clearly a student of history.

At least the history of taunting Vikings cornerbacks.

When he scored his touchdown in the second quarter, he dropped to the ground, and started paddling an imaginary boat. It was a throwback to Panthers wideout Steve Smith’s celebration against the Vikings in 2005.

That one was a clear reference to Fred Smoot’s involvement in the Vikings “Love Boat” scandal, in which multiple players were alleged to have been involved with things Miller shouldn’t have known about at the time — since he was three days short of his ninth birthday the night of the original incident.

4. While the outside pressure the Bears are creating is easy to see, it’s also clear they’re getting plenty from inside as well.

The job Akiem Hicks is doing in the middle of the line is impressive, a constant source of pressure via the shortest distance between two points.

The unblocked sack in the second half (when he nearly swallowed Cousins, and might have been called for landing on him with all his weight if it was earlier in the season when they were still calling those) was impressive for its impact. But Hicks offers the kind of consistent play that provides a solid foundation for the rest of an excellent defense.

5. If there’s anyone who deserved a good night for the Bears, it was kicker Cody Parkey.

He hit a 33-yard field goal to open the scoring, and to allow himself and the Solider Field crowd a sigh of relief.

He hit the uprights four times last week, and had helicopters hovering overhead as he practiced in the stadium this week. It was the kind of attention that makes a kicker’s life a weekly crucible.

He also hit an extra point early, and was able to regain some of the confidence that had to be shaken a week ago. That came in handy, when his 48-yard field goal iced the game late.

The fact coach Matt Nagy put him in position to win it was a statement of belief, which will serve the Bears well as a team, knowing their special teams can be trusted.

96 responses to “Sunday Night wrap-up: Khalil Mack and the Bears roll the Vikings

  1. Two very winnable ganes coming up, Rams at home for SNF… The Saints are on fire and clear NFC favorites, however the Bears defense is good enough to disrupt anybody. If Trubisky figures out how to not throw those inexplicable lobs to the other team once or twice a game… Watch out for the Bears…

  2. Not gonna say I told you so. Well, yes, I am. Told ya so. Cousins is not a guy who should be setting any market. Neither is Garoppolo. Prove it and I will pay you. Happily and willingly.

  3. I’m confused. Why, again, did Vikings fans think the Vikings were going to be an unstoppable powerhouse this year?

  4. It’s hilarious how the media, including Colinsworth, try to hype up Trubisky. He is NOT good. He should have had 4 picks tonight. He can run, but that’s not a good trait for a QB. He is not going to get this team to a superbowl.

  5. I honestly believed Minnesota was a better team than Chicago, but they aren’t. At least, not tonight. Full credit given to a tough, motivated Bears team. They are legit. The Vikings can still put the whole package together and be a force in the NFC, and I sincerely hope they do. They’ll need to eliminate turnovers and improve offensive line play for that to happen. The first is doable, the second…? Congrats Chicago.

  6. There are 3 teams playing meaningful football in the NFCN.

    And then there are the classless, hapless, shameless, gutless Vikings.

  7. Bears are the class of the NFC North. Everyone else is looking up at them for a while. Cousins is mediocre at best, and that’s being generous. Vikings, Packers and Bears are going nowhere this year.

  8. We suck. I don’t see us winning next week. The Packers will end up 9-6-1 and get a wildcard. Bears win the division. Vikings need to try and dump Cousins somehow. I know it would be huge money loss, but he just is not the answer at QB. I had real high hopes this offseason as always. It always seems so promising in July then reality hits.

  9. Bears look real good.

    Young players, young coach…

    As a Rams fan, gonna be a struggle come Dec 9th, at night!

    Hope Mack plays!

  10. That had to be Kirk Cousins worst game as a pro. Missed a wide open Diggs for a 50 yard TD in the first quarter. Threw an interception while attempting to throw a ball to Laquon Treadwell in triple coverage. Overthrew every single pass. I don’t understand how he can look like Tom Brady one game and then look like the worst QB in the league the next .

  11. Let’s revisit the Bears after the Rams game. If they have 2 more wins at that point, ok, they’re for real. Otherwise, they’re respectable but work to do.

  12. wib22 says:
    November 18, 2018 at 11:31 pm
    Vikings got screwed by the refs and bad luck.

    Will be a nice bounce back next week to end the packers season.

    SKOL!
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    You better win next Sunday cuz you’re staring at L’s at New England and Seattle following two weeks with a QB WHO HAS NEVER WON A PLAYOFF game.

  13. pushn50 says:
    November 18, 2018 at 11:37 pm
    Bears are the class of the NFC North. Everyone else is looking up at them for a while. Cousins is mediocre at best, and that’s being generous. Vikings, Packers and Bears are going nowhere this year.

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    Bears are the class, but they’re also going nowhere?

    You confuse which name you’re using, troll?

  14. Terrible performance by Cousins again. He is clearly sub par at best. This team can’t even get a simple screen play to develop and they turn into 5 yard losses. Cousins is just not the answer after all. He has flashes of greatness but far more consistent disappointment and let downs. Vikings are stuck with him for 2 more years and can’t get out of that insane contract they gave him.

    Also, why is treadwell still in uniform? it’s no coincidence the pick 6 was intended for him and he wasn’t even ready for the ball. it was a bad pass but he wasn’t even looking.
    He has now played a key role in 3 viking losses this year. Also had another drop early in the game. Zimmer should be fired just for keeping him on the team.

    The defense had more 15 yard penalties tonight than i can ever remember seeing in 1 game. That’s all coaching. Ever notice how when they put up the “viking defense is very good on 3rd down” stat on the TV that they always fail to stop the offense? The defense is simply not good anymore. It’s not bad but it’s not good.

  15. That’s what $84 million buys you? Could have just kept Case Keenum for a fraction of the cost.

  16. Great job by the Bears defense against the greatest QB who ever lived (just ask the Vikings fans).
    As a Packers fan, I am rooting for the Bears to keep on rolling because I’d much rather see them win the division and make the playoffs than see the Vikings do it.
    I would love nothing more than to see the Packers put it to the Vikings next week, too. I have no problem saying that game against the Vikings next week means as much to me as it would if it were a playoff game. I want nothing more than to see the Vikings’ fans hearts broken again by the Packers.
    The Packers aren’t good enough this year to make the playoffs, but I hope they’re good enough next week to beat the Vikings!!
    And if the tables were turned the other way, Vikings fans, you’d feel exactly as I do. So — let’s tee it up and see what happens!!! And by the way, I also loved seeing your 84-million-dollars-for three-years QB throw more picks in that game tonight than Aaron Rodgers has thrown all season! Looks like he’s in his usual late season form, to me.
    Way to go Bears!!!!!!!!!!
    Okay, Vikings fans — your turn!!! LOL

  17. There are 3 teams playing meaningful football in the NFCN.

    And then there are the classless, hapless, shameless, gutless Vikings.

    ***

    Packers season will be over after a loss next week.

    Packers are more classless than the vikings.

    Matthews is a bum

  18. $84 million for a QB who throws into triple coverage with no pressure and delivers a pick six with the game in the balance.

  19. tokyosandblaster says:
    November 18, 2018 at 11:29 pm
    Wow.

    The Vikings are just bad.

    They brought their refs again, but even they couldn’t help the terrible purples this time.

    Calvin Cook added to his legend. Lol

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    If the Vikings are bad what does that make the Packers? Really bad? lol.

    Brought the reffs? There were several bad calls that helped Chicago.

    I have nothing but respect for the Bears and this was a great win, but I have no respect for thoughtless comments from Packer trolls with zero logic behind it.

  20. Also, Dalvin Cook sucks. Just forget this guy. He fumbles. He can’t break tackles. and he also gets hurt all the time. Get a new running back in the draft.

  21. Vikings and Packers fans, I told you the Bears are the new Kings of the North!

    Next year, the Lions will challenge their throne while you both are sent to the pit of misery!

    DILLY DILLY!!!!

  22. yea, was a game til that pick-six.
    enjoy it packer fans, for some reason, but you get a pissed off Vikings defense next week and you’re nowhere near the level of the Bears defense.

  23. Note to Vikings…you get 3 downs before you must punt–use them. To continue to call run plays, when you are so overmatched and averaging 1/2 yard per carry, means that you only get two other plays to make 9 yards. Vikings took themselves out of game with stubborn need to run the ball and waste so many plays, not that the QB gifting wasn’t a major factor.

  24. For $10M, Case Keenum could have done what Cousins did tonight and the $74M left over could’ve built an o-line.

  25. Still trying to figure out why anybody thinks Zimmer is a good coach.
    He been in Minnesota now for a significant amount of years and has yet to do anything that resembles something.
    He rarely coaches his team up enough to win the big games and the only postseason game his team won was do to fluke Missed Tackle Miracle.
    Then again, I guess he should receive some credit for managing this dumpster fire to 5 wins.

  26. nice win by the bears and another impressive performance by the defense.would someone tell nagy that they will have a better chance of winning if he stops playing not to lose once they get a lead? Cohen is an amazing player but even he can’t make his amazing runs when the other team knows he will be getting the ball every play. not his fault he fumbled when the entire vikings defense was waiting for him. and is there some part of the contract that bears coaches sign when they become the bears coach that says you can only throw the ball to the tight end once or twice a game tops?

  27. Funny how people are making fun of Cousins’ contract even though Rodgers is getting paid $134 million and has a 4-5-1 record. Even Brett Hundley could have done that lol. Packers are pathetic.

  28. The Bears are clearly the third-best team in the NFC, but they are still a long way from competing with the Rams or Saints, in my opinion. I suppose we’ll find out in a few weeks.

    Either way, they’re due a lot of credit for how quickly they have turned things around, and it must be nice for them to so clearly be better than the Pack and Vikings. They’re a strong bet for a home playoff game and probably one playoff win. Good to see for a great football town. I think they’re still a year or two away from serious contention, but there is a lot of reason for excitement in Chicago.

  29. wafflestomp says:
    November 18, 2018 at 11:58 pm
    Still trying to figure out why anybody thinks Zimmer is a good coach.
    He been in Minnesota now for a significant amount of years and has yet to do anything that resembles something.
    He rarely coaches his team up enough to win the big games and the only postseason game his team won was do to fluke Missed Tackle Miracle.
    Then again, I guess he should receive some credit for managing this dumpster fire to 5 wins.

    ======================
    Yet in those same 4 years, the super hillbillies to the east have not made it any further than the Vikings and their dumpster fire has less wins this year – with the highest paid QB in the history of the league. Weird that such smart owners would know things like this – guess their too busy checking the dividends on their worthless stock.

  30. Not the cleanest win, but aside from Shaheen getting a concussion on this first game back I’m even more relieved they won without adding much to their injury report. The Bears play again in under 90 hours

    I’m all for the Bears getting prime time games, but flexing a team to Sunday night and then having them kick off THE FOLLOWING THURSDAY MORNING (kickoff is 11:30 am CST) should not be happening

  31. Two very winnable ganes coming up, Rams at home for SNF… The Saints are on fire and clear NFC favorites, however the Bears defense is good enough to disrupt anybody. If Trubisky figures out how to not throw those inexplicable lobs to the other team once or twice a game… Watch out for the Bears…

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    Nagy figuring out that he has to to make second half adjustments to counter the opponents second half adjustments is the most important thing to figure out right now by far.

    They have the personnel to run everything, but what they run in 1st qtr is the same in 4th and good teams figure out how to defend it over the course of the game… he shows them nothing new or to worry about to keep them honest.

    They’ve had so much success coming in the 1st with scripted plays… well come out of half with 15 scripted plays completely different than what you’ve shown… two tight end sets, play action from under center, howard and cohen in the backfield together… then you mix in your main scheme and they’ll be on skates all day.

  32. The Bears were the better team tonight. They did what they are supposed to do win at home. I was disappointed in two things however. One that the Vikings looked so poor coming off a bye week especially Cousins. But the whole team looked ill prepared.The defense in the end gave the team a chance to win but the offfense couldn’t handle the Bears defense. And secondly that it took until late in the third quarter to target Prince Amukamara. He is the weak link in the Bears defensive backfield.He has always been suspect even when playing for the Giants. That’s why they let him go.

  33. watching the bear’s defense, they are the real deal hicks was getting it done and obviously so was mack but QB? honestly it seemed like he wasn’t targeting any of his wr’s just lobbing it in the air and hoping for the best, was this an off night for him? all in all good effort by da bears

  34. Vikes have a Damned good defense. I knew that stopping Diggs would be really tough (and it was). The Bears did a pretty good job, but they could have been better. I didn’t like the zebras making two bad calls in a row to set the Vikes up for a “Free” touchdown, and then having to make another lame call to help them get their 2 point conversion(on the SECOND try). I understand the vVegas boys have to make their nut but C’mon. Overall a pretty good game.

  35. nyneal says:
    November 18, 2018 at 11:48 pm
    Great job by the Bears defense against the greatest QB who ever lived (just ask the Vikings fans).
    As a Packers fan, I am rooting for the Bears to keep on rolling because I’d much rather see them win the division and make the playoffs than see the Vikings do it.
    ——————————–
    Look out, You’ll be labeled a Viking Hater. For me though it’s true, but my hate of the Vikings did not evolve organically, it started right here when I saw the purple rage and jealousy towards the Packers on thread after thread, post after post. Viking fans are now reaping what they’ve sown. Go Bears.

  36. Just like the saints game, the fumble early killed our momentum. Cousins played terrible for 3 quarters, couldn’t find the run game, the defense was rusty out of the bye week but the half time adjustments worked, cousins had his chance to tie the game and threw the pick 6 to a triple teamed treadwell of all people. He’s got to be better or the ship will be sinking soon. He was paid top dollar to take a 13-3 team to the next level, he’s .500 though 11 games…
    The bears have feasted on the easiest schedule in the league, if this game was in Minnesota I have no doubt the outcome is different, we just have to hope they have a few more losses coming up to make that last game rematch matter.

  37. Congratulations to the Chicago Bears.

    It was a good weekend for Illinois fans vs Minnesota. Saturday the Wildcats beat the Gophers and yesterday the Blackhawks and Bears defeated the Wild and the Vikings.

    I said posted last week that the week 17 game between the Bears and the Vikings would have playoff implications. I still believe that.

    I’ll be there and expect a different result.

  38. Ive seen enough of cousins. He is not a top tier qb. He has yet to beat a good team. Now we know why he wanted a good team. Cuz he himself knew he wasn’t great…..just above average. And as per usual….Vikings and their fans play the fool

  39. Having grown up in Wisconsin (*sold hot dogs at Packers games at old Milwaukee County Stadium), but also having worked extensively in Chicago, I may be the only Packers AND Bears fan around.

    Warms my heart to see the Monster of the Midway kick around the Vikes.

  40. conormacleod says:
    November 18, 2018 at 11:57 pm
    Packers lose to a 4-4 team to be at the bottom of the north. And their fans still talk smack. Interesting.

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    Just love giving it back to you Vikings fans. And love seeing that you can’t handle it.
    And by the way, the 3 and 7 Bills crushed you and the Packers beat the Bears on opening night. And if it weren’t for that horrible roughing call on Clay Matthews, we would have beaten you, too. Just saying.

  41. There were 2 long runs were Linval Joseph had his jersey pulled and stretched right in front of the official who did nothing. Holding happens on every play in football but it was ridiculous. Pete Morelli style of officiating. De Filippo was touted as the next best thing in offense and he’s a bigger dink & dunker than Shurmer who I was so glad to see gone. Unbelievable they had 2 weeks to prepare that performance. Zim’s teams are like that. As soon as the game was flexed to Sunday night I knew the Vikings would loose. I was shocked they made it so close of a game honestly.

  42. I’m not a scientist, but I’m pretty sure any that there is no such thing as a FA QB worth 30 mil a year, cause no one ever lets go of a QB worth 30 mil a year… just doesnt happen … and certainly not a team that has won 10 games 3 times in the last 25 years with zero playoff wins … who not only didn’t let him go to hand the reins over to a young stud they drafted… but actually gave up picks and 71 mil guaranteed to replace him with Alex Smith…

  43. Interesting but don’t blame Cousins. This is all Spielman and Zim drafting a CB in the first round that will take years to develop. AGAIN! Rick was caught with his pants down in the Shaun Hill backup debacle trading a #1 for Bradford and now again this year. He went out & signed 2 players basically. Richardson & Cousins. Then went to the corner of the play room with his S eating grin and sat there stuffing his face with cake. 2 signings then nothing. Other teams like the Rams and Saints made trades, signed people who could help not just another piece for Zim’s fun bag. Spielman knew the O line was terrible. Was completely reshuffled before playing the Saints & Eagles last yr & for 6 q’s were beyond awful. Well that’s the same O-line that’s been awful for 10 games this year. Spielman did zero, nada, nothing to fix that. He got complacent when he landed Cousins then Richardson and just stopped doing his job. Maybe some good can come out of this if the Vikings don’t make the playoffs. Zim & Spielman can finally be jettisoned. Keep Zim as the D coordinator but as the HC. He’s overwhelmed.

  44. firerogergoodell says:
    November 18, 2018 at 11:43 pm
    That had to be Kirk Cousins worst game as a pro. Missed a wide open Diggs for a 50 yard TD in the first quarter. Threw an interception while attempting to throw a ball to Laquon Treadwell in triple coverage. Overthrew every single pass. I don’t understand how he can look like Tom Brady one game and then look like the worst QB in the league the next .

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    Kirk looks great against teams with losing records. Can’t beat teams with winning records.

  45. The Vikings didn’t make a mistake with Cousins. It just might be the Bear’s year. There’s always a team that does exceedingly more than expected. The mistake on Cousins was done by Washington. They got rid of a young durable prolific passer for an older guy who just got Theismanned.

  46. qckappa says:
    November 18, 2018 at 11:37 pm
    Hey Packer fans,interested in a trade? Zimmer for McCarthy?

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    A checked out, inept offensive mind for a inept, out of his league defensive mind?

    Zero net gain either way.

    At least the Packers are close to be looking after this year. Minny might get two more years of Zim…

  47. Akiem Hicks is playing lights out, I would argue Mack’s success is largely due to his presence. (Not taking anything away from Mack) Hicks seemed to be through the line a yard deep soon as the whistle blew.

  48. Wins and losses shouldn’t be used to measure a quarterback? Did I read that right? It is true. Why are you always talking up Kaeperbick then? 80 passer rating. Like 80 TDs and 80 turnovers. Pretty much average or less statistically. Yet he should be in the league because the team he was on won a bunch of games for a couple years?

  49. Who would have thought it would be a struggle to figure out who I would rather lose next week in Minnesota? Love to see the Erin and Packers done, but having a 2.5 game lead in the North looks tantalizing too. Crazy to think that Nagy is the best Coach in the North in season one. Vikings and Packers have Grandpa and the 1990’s NFL mentality and Detroit has a homeless man running the ship. Go Bears!

  50. If you watch the Buffalo game cousins was just plain awful for most of it. Overthrowing receivers, throwing behind them, throwing to the wrong uniforms etc. he did the same thing last night. All of a sudden he became erratic and started throwing like a rookie. I’m concerned how he can be brilliant one day and terrible the next. Granted there are fewer terrible days, but in the NFL today you can have any . He overthrew Diggs on a sure touchdown And threw one interception that was only headed for Chicago. I love the brilliant Kirk. Last nights guy and the guy from the Buffalo game not so much.

  51. Case Keenum had a come from behind victory yesterday and Cousins didn’t?

    $84 million Translation: Minneapolis Miracle to Minneapolis Mismanagement.

    Well at least Vikings fans still have their weekend fix of Packers schaudenfreude

  52. Also on both the INT’s meant for Rudolph & Treadwell the receivers stopped their routes. Diggs jogged after his double move wide open in the end zone and was barely overthrown. He slowed down thinking the ball wasn’t coming to him. That was 3 plays that Cousins looked terrible that are actually the fault of his receivers.

  53. Vikings defense gave up less points than the Bears defense even with the gifted FG at the end of the first half. In the second half the Vikings played very well keeping them in the game. Again a pick 6 and 2 turn overs in the red zone were costly but we have been here before. They need to tighten things up. I look forward to the rematch.

  54. Orangecrush78 I agree, I thought Hicks played better than Mack too. He definitely didn’t take as many plays off.Hicks had a bigger imprint on this game but without as much attention. The defensive line looked good.

  55. There is a disturbing trend that has been around since the Vikings Super Bowl losses (offense never scored a point in the first half of any of those debacles, while turning the ball over 15 times). In 9 of 10 big games that the Vikings must win to show relevance, the offense fails to either show up (2000/2017 NFC Championship games) or they contribute mightily to their demise by turning the ball over at key moments (too many regular season games to list here, 2009 NFC Championship). I fully expect the Vikings to beat the Packers and then turn in performances similar to what we saw last night when they play the Patriots and the Seahawks.

  56. When will the Vikings start a game with the same urgency as they finish games? Congrats to the 1 offensive touchdown victorious bears for showing us how pathetic your offense is. I have a feeling week 17 will decide the division but if the Vikings start off sluggish these next 3 weeks it won’t matter. Hard to play football spotting the other team 14 points each week.

  57. OMG, now I understand why the Redskins never gave Cousins a long-term contract. Great arm, but cannot make plays or win games when it really counts. Ugh, our search for a QB continues!

  58. qckappa says:
    November 18, 2018 at 11:37 pm
    Hey Packer fans,interested in a trade? Zimmer for McCarthy?

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    I would do that trade right now. McGoofy is the most over-rated head coach in the NFL this side of Jon Gruden. He’s as bad as Jeff Fisher used to be. If McCarthy never had Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, he’d have been gone in less than 5 years.
    His game plan since he’s had Rodgers is to keep the game close by going ultra conservative and let Rodgers try to win it for him. It’s why most Packers fans aren’t all that upset that they aren’t playing well this year and will miss the playoffs because he’s making his usual stupid decisions. Hopefully, he’ll finally get fired after the season! He doesn’t even have brains enough to put his best running back in the game and use him!
    The good news is, the Packers new GM is doing good things and I am convinced he’ll rebuild this roster. And — Mike McCarthy is not his guy so he’ll have no problem telling Mark Murphy he wants another head coach.
    So — I’ll tell you what — you can have Mike McCarthy for free and you can keep Zimmer, too!

  59. Bears fans you do realize there are 6 games to go and your team has a game and a half lead right? Your D gave up 17 points in the fourth and were and onside kick away from losing the game and another 4th quarter collapse. The Vikings would have scored if they had gotten the ball back because your D was gassed.Don’t think Thursday is gonna be an easy win, Lions are flying high after beating the Panthers. Vikings laid the blueprint on how to beat the Bears D, no huddle, make those big guys run and wear em out. Mr. Biscuit has a long way to go to becoming an complete QB, he is a one read guy and run if there isn’t anything. He is still playing college like ball – ask Cam Newton how that running thing worked out.

    Vikings fans we all knew the O Line was our biggest weakness you fault Cousins but in essence he brought the team back last night. He’s running for his life, the Bears front 7 is probably the best they have played against all year. But throwing in the towel with 6 games left is kinda pre mature IMHO. Vikes will bounce back Sunday @ home and beat the Packers and IF the Bears lose to the Lions Thursday, Vikes are no worse off than week from today. Lions not to be taken lightly especially at home after a Bears 85 hour run around.

  60. speakadatrut says:
    November 19, 2018 at 10:23 am
    OMG, now I understand why the Redskins never gave Cousins a long-term contract. Great arm, but cannot make plays or win games when it really counts. Ugh, our search for a QB continues!
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    Ahem, he brought them back dropped 17 point in the 4th.

  61. DeFilippo needs to be accountable. His offense relies on his playmakers to make all the plays rather than scheming to take advantage of the D’s weakness, or create some confusion in the D with motions, misdirection, and well, just some creative calls. He’s very generic and Pat Shurmur blows him away. Cousins drives me crazy sometimes, but he is pressured on almost half his dropbacks. That’s unacceptable and why is no coach or player lighting up their fat and obviously weak asses on the sideline. Find some lineman that will play nasty and with some attitude. Hicks was the difference maker last night not Mack. Bears had 9 tackles for loss and he lead the way. BTW, thought Joseph was supposed to do that for the Vikes?? He can’t seem to move anyone.

  62. Calvin Dook is a bust. We ran the ball better with Murray and when Dook was out. Need to dump him asap and try more with Murray and Abdullah. Frustrating to watch this nonsense.

  63. Mack and Hicks are men among boys out there when they are both healthy, which at the moment it appears they are. That in turn is opening up opportunities for Leonard Floyd, and all of that makes it much easier for the secondary to make plays. As a whole the Bears are doing a really good job playing complementary football, especially in converting opponents turnovers to points. They’re going to have to figure out how to sustain their strong first halves for 4 quarters if they want to hang with the Saints, Rams, and the AFC’s best though. Their biggest to-do at this point besides staying healthy, is figuring out how to keep their mojo on both sides of the ball as the game wears on.

  64. The Vikings have no player leadership on this team. When something bad happens (Cook fumbles at the 20) they fold like a cheap suit. Undisciplined penalties, and a complete lack of fire. Cousins was on the sideline by himself with a big coat on in the 3rd quarter…really? The offensive line was the glaring weakness going into the draft, they took another corner. They did not address the line. Period. The defense has been figured out and they have no answers. The defense di play better in the second half last night, but for some reason the Bears went vanilla with their offense in the second half. I have always liked Zim, but it looks like he is losing this team.

  65. Here’s the thing regarding the Bears fans here: the playoffs will run through New Orleans, and the Bears will get embarrassed as they woefully exit a season full of “atta boys” and lofty statistics.

    The Vikings are soft and always have been soft. They fold when things matter most. That’s why they haven’t won a Super Bowl in 50+ years.

    Keep bragging, though. Mike Glennon, Cade McNown and Rex Grossman support you.

    Big ups to Curtis Enis as well.

  66. mrdarkness13 says:
    November 19, 2018 at 11:03 am
    Bears fans you do realize there are 6 games to go and your team has a game and a half lead right? Your D gave up 17 points in the fourth and were and onside kick away from losing the game and another 4th quarter collapse.

    fourstring97 says:
    November 19, 2018 at 1:09 pm
    Here’s the thing regarding the Bears fans here: the playoffs will run through New Orleans, and the Bears will get embarrassed as they woefully exit a season full of “atta boys” and lofty statistics.
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    Who are you guys talking to? There aren’t a bunch of Bears’ fans here talking up the Bears as some great super-team. They have plenty of flaws and plenty of work to do before they become a polished team that needs to be reckoned with on a week-to-week basis. The season isn’t over by a long shot and Bears’ fans know that this team isn’t the class of the NFC North yet- no team is. You don’t hear too many Bears’ fans squawking on here about their teams’ “greatness” like you here some Viking and Packer fans do. All it takes is a couple of Bears’ losses and a couple of Viking or Packer wins and everyone is back in the middle of a dogfight.

    As for Trubisky, he’s pretty good and getting better. He only started one year in college and 12 games last year in the NFL. He was 7/7 in TD/INT in 2017 and 20/9 in 10 games this year, and is throwing for 60 yards more per game this year as well. He has accuracy issues and has been up-and-down this year, but overall is trending up. And in this game, he showed some ability to make clutch first downs, something that he didn’t do in the first game against Green Bay. Outside of drives ended by turnovers, the Bears had no three-and-out drives this game, the first time that has happened all season. He’s in a new, complex offense with new coaches and new receivers. This was supposed to be a growing year for him and the Bears weren’t expected to be where they are. He has his issues, but he has also flashed at times. No one is saying he’ll ever be a Hall-of-Famer. He may never even be great. But he’s moving in the right direction. Of course he was going to have trouble against the Vikings’ defense. They are really good.

  67. mrdarkness13 says:
    November 19, 2018 at 11:05 am
    speakadatrut says:
    November 19, 2018 at 10:23 am
    OMG, now I understand why the Redskins never gave Cousins a long-term contract. Great arm, but cannot make plays or win games when it really counts. Ugh, our search for a QB continues!
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    Ahem, he brought them back dropped 17 point in the 4th.
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    Ahem, the Bears idiotically went into a vanilla prevent defense and stopped aggressively rushing Cousins, no stunts, etc., and gave bigger cushions and played back off of Vikings receivers to prevent big plays. It’s something stupid that Vic Fangio has been doing this year and it cost them two games already. Brock Osweiler put up 14 on the Bears in the last 9 minutes earlier this year in the 4th quarter. Cousins was doing nothing more than taking what the defense was giving him, and completing passes that any NFL QB should.

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