The Chicago Bears played Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings without 14 players who were on the reserve/COVID-19 list and a few others who were out with injuries.
There was also something missing like accuracy, discipline and winning football.
The Bears’ list of mistakes in a 17-9 defeat – which officially eliminated the Bears (4-10) from playoff contention – was long.
Running back quarterback Justin Fields and David Montgomery each lost a fumble in the first half.
Kicker Cairo Santos had a 49-yard field-goal attempt blocked.
Returner Damier Bird muffed a punt which was recovered by the Vikings (7-7).
The Bears had nine penalties for 91 yards. There must have been some suspicious caretakers. A doubles coach is Matt Nagy and rookie left tackle Teven Jenkins is showing the fire. However, everyone had to pay the price of the bear.
Fields was dismissed three times for a loss of 30 yards, including twice in the third quarter. Wasting a drive was for a loss of 14 yards. The second was on a failed fourth and a game.
The Bears went 0-for-4 in the red zone before a meaningless touchdown at the end of the game. This included stopping on consecutive fourth-quarter drives on the 9- and 13-yard lines.
A Bears defense missing his entire initial secondary, including the Vikings offense recorded with the fourth-most yards per game in the NFL.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed only 12 of 24 passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns, and Dalwyn Cook had 28 carries for 89 yards.
Robert Quinn and Akim Hicks, playing after a four-game absence due to an ankle injury, had two sacks each. Safety Deion Bush stopped Cousins in the first half.
And after the Cousins led a 12-play, 77-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter, capped with a 7-yard pass to Ihmer Smith-Marsett, the Bears defense took a shot at the offense to win the game late in the game. Gave.
Offense, missing top wide receivers Alan Robinson (COVID-19) and Marquis Goodwin (legs), could not come through.
Fields completed 26 of 39 passes for 285 yards, and Montgomery had 18 carries for 60 yards. Field statistics were helped by a game-ending drive, which included a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jesper Horsted as time ran out for the final score.
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Here’s how the week 15 game unfolded:
Inside linebacker Rokan Smith and defensive lineman Akim Hicks the Bears are active against the Vikings on Monday night.
Smith suffered a hamstring injury against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. He hasn’t made any starts, but he escalated the injury last week against the Green Bay Packers.
Hicks had missed the last four games with an ankle injury.
The Bears activated an offensive tackle Jermaine Effedi from injured reserve, and he will play on Monday. Efedi has been out since October 10 with a knee injury and returned to practice last week.
The Bears raised eight players from the practice squad, and all are active: wide receivers Nsimba Webster and Daz Newsom, defensive backs Thomas Graham Jr., de Virgin, Michael Joseph and Boppett Keys, linebacker Charles Snowden and defensive end LaCale London.
Passive cornerback Xavier Crawford, left tackle Jason Peters, wide receiver Marquis Goodwin and defensive lineman Khyris Tonga make up for the Bears.
All 14 players who entered the day in the reserve/COVID-19 list have also been dropped.
For the Vikings, quarterback Kellen Mondt, wide receiver Adam Thielen, linebacker Chase Surratt and guard Wyatt Davis are inactive.
Halftime: Bears trail 10-3 after losing Fumble twice
The Bears lost the fumble twice in the first half and put the Vikings 10-3 behind at halftime.
Reaching quarterbacks Justin Fields and David Montgomery each had a turnover. Fields’ defeat resulted in a Vikings field goal, and a drive later, Montgomery lost the ball in the red zone.
The Bears defence, which was missing all its starters in the secondary due to COVID-19 and injury, did a decent job slowing down the Vikings’ offense.
After Robert Quinn recorded his second sack of the night against Kirk Cousins – his 16th sack of the season – Cousins threw an interception to Bears safety Dion Bush, who was all alone on the field.
The Bears had a chance to score late in the second quarter, but Vikings defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson blocked Cairo Santos’ 49-yard field-goal effort. Santos had scored 34 yards earlier in the quarter.
Cousins’ 12-yard touchdown pass to Justin Jefferson gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead with 5:03 to play in the first quarter. In games 3rd and 5th, Jefferson defeated Bush in the end field.
Jefferson also caught an 18-yard pass with Maraki Christian in coverage at -8 and third during the drive to bring the Vikings to the 34-yard line.
The Vikings made it 10-0 on a drive that began after Fields stumbled when Cameron Dantzler hit him for a run. Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr recovered.
The Vikings had a first and -10 in 12 after Bears coach Matt Nagy was called in for a non-player conduct penalty for arguing with an official. But the Bears forced Cousins to throw an incomplete and held off Dalwyn Cooke to no avail, before Quinn sacked Cousins in third place. Greg Joseph then scored a 37-yard field goal.
Cousins completed 9 of 16 passes for 60 yards and touchdowns, and Cook had 10 carries for 44 yards.
Fields completed 10 of 12 passes for 93 yards, and Montgomery had 11 carries for 45 yards.
Bears punt returner Jakim Grant, who was named to the Pro Bowl prior to the game, is yet to be evaluated.