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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Vikings claim poor 17-9 win over poor, error-prone Bears

CHICAGO – The Chicago Bears lost a lot of players before Monday night’s game. Then he lost his temper.

Several major penalties by downed bears and other mistakes helped the Vikings recover from a weak performance in a 17–9 victory at Soldier Field.

The Bears entered the game with 14 players on their COVID-19 reserve list, which includes their full initial secondary, and called up eight players on Monday from the practice squad. But while they might have looked on paper like a replacement team from the 1987 strike season, they gave the Vikings all they could handle.

The Chicago Vikings trailed 370-193 yards and went down just 10-3 in the third quarter and had a golden opportunity to get back into the game. But on third and 18 from Minnesota 15, the Bears were assessed a personal foul on an illegal block by Tej Tabor, after a five-yard run from Dalvin Cooke.

The drive was later escalated on a personal foul of unnecessary roughness on linebacker Travis Gipson. And then Kirk Cousins ​​threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Ihmir Smith-Marsett, saving 5:51 for a safe 17-3 lead in the third quarter.

Then, on his next possession, the Byers received another personal foul when Teven Jenkins was called out for unnecessary roughness. Jenkins had gone after defensive end DJ Vonum when he thought he had pushed Bears quarterback Justin Fields to the ground after a whistle on the previous play.

The Bears (4-10), who received a meaningless 19-yard touchdown pass from Fields to Jesper Horstedt in the final game of the game, finished with eight penalties for 86 yards. He also missed three fumbles, a field goal was blocked, and a dropped pass in the end zone.

But the Vikings (7-7) will take it. The win propelled them into 7th place in the race for the NFC playoffs, and seven teams would make it. If Washington beats Philadelphia on Tuesday, they will move to No. 8 as the football team has a tiebreaker.

Despite the Bears’ finish in the secondary, Cousins ​​had his second straight shaky game. Cousins, who averaged 36–28 over Pittsburgh on December 9, shot 12 of 24 passes for 87 yards, his lowest yardage ever in a start, with one interception, though. He threw two touchdowns.

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The Vikings took a 7-0 lead in the middle of the first quarter on Cousins’ 12-yard touchdown pass to Justin Jefferson. Jefferson, named for his second straight Pro Bowl before the game, caught just four passes for 47 yards.

The crowd near Chicago gave full play to the Cousins’ problems. He was dismissed four times.

The Vikings took a 10–0 lead on Greg Joseph’s 37-yard field goal at the start of the second quarter. The Bears cut the deficit to 10-3 with 1:33 on a 34-yard field goal by Cairo Santos. Santos had a chance to get Chicago even closer, but Vikings defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson shook hands on his 49-yard effort with 28 seconds remaining.

Taking the lead, the Vikings spent most of the second half trying to keep the ball on the ground. Cook finished on 28 carries with 89 yards and passed the 1,000-yard mark for the third straight season. Cook, who now has 1,067 yards, became just the fourth player in Minnesota history to have had three 1,000-yard running sessions, joining Adrian Peterson (seven), Robert Smith (four) and Chuck Foreman (three). .

The Vikings got 33 yards on three carries by the rookie running back Ken Nwangwu. He had 19 and 11 yards in the Vikings’ third quarter drive to give them a 17-3 lead.

On defense, the Vikings dismissed Bears quarterback Justin Fields three times, all by DJ Vonum. Fields completed 26 of 39 passes for 289 yards, and he lost a fumble.

The Vikings also made mistakes, with seven penalties for 54 yards. Cousins ​​had an interception in the second quarter after Jefferson was knocked down but it was the ball he probably could have avoided throwing. And in the third quarter Jordan Berry had a 17-yard punt that got deflected.

And the Vikings were also defeated, with 9:30 remaining in the game as they were given a foul advice, when linebacker Eric Kendrick was kicked out after Field made helmet-to-helmet contact on a slide. But Minnesota was up 17-3 at the time and Bears tight end Jimmy Graham soon couldn’t handle a pass from Fields in the end zone.

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