All week long fans and media alike discussed the Chicago Bears’ chance to make a statement against the Minnesota Vikings, and that’s exactly what they did as they triumphed by a score of 25-20 on Sunday Night Football at Soldier Field.
It wasn’t a great night for Mitchell Trubisky, as he threw for 165 yards and a touchdown, but the Bears’ defense was stellar, registering nine tackles and forced three turnovers in the game.
The victory puts the Bears firmly in the driver’s seat in the NFC North, giving them a game and a half lead over the Vikings as they head into a Thanksgiving showdown with the Detroit Lions.
The Vikings had a chance late in the contest, but Cody Parkey, who missed two field goals and two extra points last week, drilled a 47-yard field goal late in the game to help ice the victory.
The Bears had a tremendous first half against the Vikings, racking up 14 points and holding the Vikings off the scoreboard in the first half. Anthony Miller hauled in a gorgeous 18-yard touchdown pass, and Cody Parkey made a pair of field goals to make it a 14-0 game.
The Vikings looked to be building some momentum in the fourth quarter when they trailed the Bears 14-6, but Eddie Jackson intercepted a Kirk Cousins pass and returned it for a touchdown to give the Bears a 22-6 lead.
The Vikings once again pushed back again, getting a touchdown from Aldrick Robinson to trim the lead to 22-14, but a clutch Parkey field goal gave the Bears an advantage that they never relinquished.
The Bears won't have much time to savor the victory, as they will take on the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving morning in Detroit.