Monday Night Football: Nick Foles carted off late as Vikings earn 19-13 win over Bears

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Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles was carted off the field in the final minute of Monday night’s 19-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Foles was thrown to the ground by Ifeadi Odenigbo on the first play of the Bears’ final possession as they tried to mount a final scoring drive. He remained on the turf and left the field on the back of a cart as Tyler Bray replaced him for the final 40 seconds of the game.

Foles had completed 15 of 26 passes for 106 yards and an interception for the Bears before leaving the game.

Adam Thielen caught a pair of touchdowns and Justin Jefferson had 135 yards as the Vikings picked up the 19-13 victory to hand the Bears a fourth straight loss.

Kirk Cousins completed 25 of 36 passes for 292 yards with the two touchdowns to Thielen and an interception to pick up his first victory in 10 career starts on Monday night.

Meanwhile, the Bears may have changed who is calling plays on offense but the unit’s ineptitude remains. The Bears managed just 149 yards of total offense and managed just six points of their own with Bill Lazor now calling plays instead of head coach Matt Nagy. They had six possessions in total in the second half. Those drives led to just 32 yards with four three-and-outs and just two first downs.

After the teams traded turnovers on each of their opening possessions, Cousins and Thielen connected on a 17-yard touchdown to give Minnesota the 7-0 lead.

The Bears responded with their only substantial drive of the game, marching 70 yards before having to settle for a 23-yard field goal from Cairo Santos. Khalil Mack intercepted Cousins to set up a short field and another Santos field goal to pull the Bears within a point at 7-6.

Poor special teams play from the Vikings helped keep the Bears in the game. After having two punts blocked last week, the Vikings allowed Cordarelle Patterson to return a kickoff for a 104-yard touchdown to open the second half as Chicago grabbed a 13-7 lead. It was Patterson’s eighth career kickoff return touchdown, which ties him with Joshua Cribbs and Leon Washington for the most ever.

Dan Bailey converted field goals from 37 and 43 yards for the Vikings to even the game at 13-13 late in the third quarter.

Cousins and Thielen then connected again on a 6-yard touchdown as Minnesota regained the lead. However, a poor snap from Austin Cutting on the extra point resulted in a failed impromptu two-point conversion attempt and kept the lead at just six points, 19-13.

But the Bears Offense couldn’t do anything to capitalize on the mistake. They failed to convert on fourth down and then Foles was knocked out of the game on the final possession for Chicago.

54 responses to “Monday Night Football: Nick Foles carted off late as Vikings earn 19-13 win over Bears

  1. I feel bad for the team who has to play Minnesota in January. They’ve gotten even better since that beat down they gave us a few weeks ago.

  2. Congratulations on a big win for the Minnesota Vikings.
    And not a minute too soon as we were damn close to relegating your franchise to the NFC East.

    Anyway, outstanding job clawing your way back into a head to head tie with the Lions for possession of the dark, dank, absolute scum-sucking bottom of the NFC North.
    And for giving Green Bay a nice comfortable 2.5 game lead on top. Feels great!
    Win/Win for both our teams. 😉

  3. This Monday Name should be named ‘The battle of the inept’. Those two offenses were depressing. This being said, let’s hope Foles is ok.

  4. Play calling was not better.
    Pass protection was not better.
    And i love the man but Foles was not better.
    I hope his injury is not serious.
    Back injury are the worst when you start aging. You can carry it for a long time.

  5. Just think, the Vikings could be 6-3 right now if they didn’t full on choke against the Titans and Seahawks. We’ll see how the remaining 7 games go if they can make up for it. Crazy things happen every season that you don’t ever predict

  6. I hope Foles is OK, but that Bears offense is the most anemic thing I’ve ever seen.

    It’s also bizarre that the Bears have played exactly this same way – great D, great special teams, terrible offense – through multiple coaches and rosters. It’s like it’s in the uniforms or something.

  7. The Bears are now holding the 4 necessary aces for a #1 pick in the draft. It’s just that the JETS are even worse.

    1. Lousy and tight owners.
    2. GM from Mars.
    3. Coaches who seem totally lost.
    4. Bad QBs and no other really good offensive players

    Two 2nd half 1st downs. A clue that poor play calling isn’t the only issue. Trestman and Cutler seem like All Stars in comparison. At least the bye gives the team the chance to properly fumigate Soldier’s Field.

  8. jason6271 says:
    November 16, 2020 at 11:24 pm
    Doug Pederson won 5 playoff games with Nick Foles that’s how great of a coach he is
    ______________________________

    Oh that is absolutely hilarious right there

  9. The Bears D is still awesome when Hicks is healthy, but geez that offense. . . . Also surprised that Cousins didn’t look like a spaz. Not sure if the win or Zim’s sideline histrionics were more entertaining.

  10. Ryan Wiuff says:
    November 16, 2020 at 11:29 pm
    “Just think, the Vikings could be 6-3 right now if they didn’t full on choke against the Titans and Seahawks. We’ll see how the remaining 7 games go if they can make up for it. Crazy things happen every season that you don’t ever predict.”
    __________________________
    They have a shot. Next 3 games are against Dallas, Carolina and Jacksonville.

  11. Today the federal minimum wage is set at $7.25 per hour. The law requires non-exempt employees to receive no less than that amount for each hour worked. Foles check this week should be $21.75 and that is giving him a wink for the time the Bears defense was on the field.

  12. That offensive line IS OFFENSIVE. Everybody knew they were bringing pressure every 3rd down and they still couldn’t stop it. The line fell for stunts every single time.

  13. The Bears best player Patterson on offense. The Bears #1 Problem like the Eagles Playcallers who do not run the ball enough, the Bears OLine can’t run block
    They run the ball the least in the league and are lucky to be 5-5. New playcaller same Pathetic offense. 17 run plays. They lucked out in that Bucs game.
    Here are important numbers the more balanced, Run Balanced to Run Heavy teams
    are 112-32-1 with 2 pushes 77.2% win

    More Runs then passes 56-5 91.8% win
    Even playcalling to more runs then passes 61-5 92.4%

    Under 20 Rush attempts 8-30-1 20.5% win and with some of the miracle
    wins this season it should be a lot lower.

  14. How much longer can ownership let Pace and the “offensive guru” Nagy put up 6 points of offense week after week?

  15. Remember when everyone said the Raiders got fleeced out of Mack and Cooper?

    Hows that looking now?

  16. I cant watch the Bears anymore. How is their offense so bad. 14 yards in the second half. Come on. When they update the stats, the Bears are going to have the 2nd worst YPG and PPG in the league.

    Thats second to the Jets, who are doing the abhorrence for Lawrence.

  17. When you run the ball 17 times you don’t deserve to win. Not sure how many Bears games have featured Less then 20 Rush attempts. Eagles have 3 games when they have rushed less then 20 times. Nagy 66.3% pass Lazor 66% pass.
    and the play foles got injured that should have been Intentional Grounding or the old in the Grasp call. So many Bad Playcallers in the NFL many of them Head coaches, many of them are Ex Head coaches like Pat Shurmur who should have maxed out his OC/ HC jobs for life.
    in 2017 Lazor took over as OC sometime during the season for Ken Zampese who got fired.
    he was the OC for the Dolphins when Zac Taylor was the QB coach. But that was when Joe Philbin was the HC. all I know is Scott Turner for Washington is going to get Ron Rivera fired like his dad did in Carolina.

  18. Khalil can’t play all the positions, can he? They have enough away to get him.
    Great YTD stats for him 6.5 sacks & 1st interception sin 2018, though.

  19. kenmasters34 says:
    November 16, 2020 at 11:43 pm
    I cant watch the Bears anymore. How is their offense so bad. 14 yards in the second half. Come on. When they update the stats, the Bears are going to have the 2nd worst YPG and PPG in the league.

    Thats second to the Jets, who are doing the abhorrence for Lawrence.

    _______

    You sir have won the internet, ahahahahahah. Abhorrence for Lawrence! I can’t even xD

  20. Vikings Fan says:
    The Vikings didn’t beat the Bears, the refs did.
    ——————————————
    Well said.

  21. Lots of very bad offensive Teams in the NFL actually they are just OFFENSIVE!!!!!!!
    as their Putrid, Pathetic, Pass Happiness offends everyone. I keep saying Mike Leach would go about 0-16 because he passes 80% his Running backs would all opt out of the season he throws so much. Klif Kingsbury got thrown out of the Air Raid club. All these so called Air Raid or Run N Shoot coaches run it more then Leach by a lot. The New HC at Washington State, Hal Mumy’s Kid at Nevada. And people wonder why Buddy Ryan went after Kevin Gilbride years ago. When you throw almost every down you put pressure on your defense big time. Adam Gase, Zac Taylor, This Kelly Bozo for the Texans, Jay Gruden, Pat Shurmur, Doug Pederson, Kellen Moore, Scott Turner, Matt Nagy/ Bill Lazor, Daryl Bevell, Dirk Koetter, Brady for the Panthers, all of them are throwing the ball too much. So are the Seahawks though, so is Kyle Shanahan, The Bucs ran the ball 4 times against the Saints but got credit for 5 with the Kneel down at the end that same Day Scott Turner had Washington Run the ball 9 Times. Lots of games with under 10 Rush attempts I doubht many if any actually won the game.

  22. I thought the Vikings should have had a 100% win Probability against the Falcons and they lost that one. But yes they should beat Dallas, Carolina and Jacksonville by just running the ball. There are teams that I just don’t like picking to win games even picking games with no spot. The Broncos because of Pat Shurmur. The Bears because of Nagy. The Eagles because of Doug Pederson too many Jeckyl and Hyde playcallers in the league. The Teams that run the ball and control the clock on offense take pressure off their defense. The Teams that run the ball and play good defense usually win. Some of these coaches have Running backs averaging 4, 5, even 6 yards a rush and they don’t use them nearly enough. Still NFL Teams are too scared to put 3 Running backs in the backfield at the same time. Run out of the Wishbone. I always thought when the Browns Had Duke Johnson they should have moved him to Slot Receiver.

  23. carloswlassiter says:
    November 16, 2020 at 11:29 pm
    I hope Foles is OK, but that Bears offense is the most anemic thing I’ve ever seen.

    It’s also bizarre that the Bears have played exactly this same way – great D, great special teams, terrible offense – through multiple coaches and rosters. It’s like it’s in the uniforms or something.
    —-
    It’s unbelievable really… I’ve been watching the NFL for over 40 years. And they have never changed.

  24. Chooohhhhh
    Mack
    Choooohhh
    This is your fatha
    Choooooh
    Come to the dark side and we can rule the nfl galaxy forever

    Mark Davis

  25. Nagy looked way out of place without his hands clutching at his laminated playcard and sharpieall night. he was still sporting the ever present visor though even if it was a night game and covered his mouth when talki g even though he was wearing a mask the whole time…..

  26. What else could be expected from Bill Lazor, who hampered Tannehill in Miami (wouldn’t let Tannehill audible), and is now hampering Bears offense. And will hamper Trubisky even more if he gets back to being the starting QB. And what else could be expected when the Bears spend all the money on Mack and the defense that can’t curtail Kirk Cousins? Really?

  27. Nick Foles wins the Joe Flacco award for maximizing his earnings. He’ll leave football after pulling in around $80 million. Well done Nick.

  28. Vikes may not make the play-offs – but I wouldn’t wanna play them in the next coming weeks. That is the best front 7 they faced all year in Chicago and they got a break when Hicks looked to pull his hamstring. Still Cook was able to grind out about 96 yards or so. The Bears were so concentrated on stopping Cook, it left Thielen and Jefferson in one on one coverage underneath. Cousins went 8-15 on 3rd downs against the best 3rd down defense in the league. The offensive line has seemed to settle in and it was a good measuring stick to see hwo good they are going against the Bears Defense that is elite for sure.

  29. I liked it much better when a majority of you left the bandwagon and the PFT message boards around Week 3, while the rest of you whined about tanking for Trevor.

  30. Bears are interesting because you can so easily trace their current problems to one specific point in time. Two years ago they lost that playoff game to Philly where the offense was nonexistent. Anybody rational would have looked at that game and decided serious changes were required on offense if they were ever going to truly contend. But Nagy scapegoated the kicker and sent the message that everything was just perfect as it was. They slipped badly the next year and Trubisky became the new scapegoat. Now, they’re equally bad with Foles. The constant the whole time has been Nagy’s offense.

  31. No bandwagon fan here – I’ve been saying it all season long… the vikings are the team to beat in the NFC!!! DALVIN COOK – the BEST running back in the league, leading the best running attack in the league!! If he doesn’t beat you, watch out for Kurt Cousins throwing deep to Jefferson or Thielen!! Or to the best TE in the league, Kyle Rudolph!! And then don’t even try to score on that stout defense!! So much talent up and down the roster! The vikes will “run the table” and bring the Lombardi home to Minnesota, where it belongs!!!

  32. Wow, with the amount of Packer fan comments… you can tell how bad they feel about their team.

    I guess if my team needed the refs rip defeat away from a 1-7 Jaguars team, (at home), two weeks after failing to show up for a 1-5 division rival (at home)… I would be nervous too.

  33. ThenCameBronson, you definitely are no bandwagon fan and I will admit you have been consistent all season long.
    Though I still think you are somewhat delusional about your own team, I admire your integrity and loyalty.

  34. cam180
    Don’t know what game YOU watched but I watched one where the Vikings offense was damn impressive against perhaps the best defense in the league.

    Now… The Bears not being able to muster more than about 13 yards in an entire half against the Vikings 3rd stringers… Now THAT is ugly.

  35. The Bears squandered 3 vital minutes (from 5:01 to 2:04) moving the ball 11 yards, minutes they would desperately need later, but didn’t have.

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