The Minnesota Vikings never play well in Chicago and they were lucky to leave the Windy City with a victory.
We were all excited that Sam Bradford was going to get the start for the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night against the Chicago Bears. Then we quickly found out that Bradford can’t really move at the moment. A friend of mine posted on social media that Bradford was making Peyton Manning look like Usain Bolt and, sadly, that wasn’t a horrible comparison. That was just the tip of the iceberg, despite the Vikings pulling out the 20-17 victory.
Bradford didn’t look good in the game. Bradford was only 5/11 for 36 yards and was taken down for an inexcusable sack in almost a full half of football. The starting QB didn’t look comfortable or mobile at all in the game and was pulled in favor of Case Keenum in the closing seconds of the second quarter.
Not only did the quarterback situation not go smoothly, but the wide receiver situation wasn’t exactly fully intact. Stud wide out Stefon Diggs suffered a groin injury which seemed to hamper him throughout the game which hampered the offense as a whole. Diggs ended the game with only one catch for four yards.
To illustrate how down of a game that is for Diggs, C.J. Ham had a bigger receiving night in Chicago with one catch good for 11 yards.
The third quarter saw the Vikings fall asleep on a punt play. It looked like the Bears were simply going to punt the ball away to the purple, but John Fox had a different idea. Bears punter Pat O’Donnell threw a pass that went for a 38-yard touchdown to Benny Cunningham to make it a one-point game in the second half.
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The fourth quarter saw Mitchell Trubisky’s first touchdown pass in the NFL. It shouldn’t have happened either. Instead of knocking down the ball in the end zone, Andrew Sendejo tried to catch the ball and ended up tipping the ball straight up and backwards ending up right in the hands of Zach Miller for the touchdown.
If that all wasn’t enough, the Vikings needed a Kai Forbath field goal to win the ballgame. Forbath made the field goal in the last minute of the game to win, but the Vikings should really have never been in that situation in the first place.
The Vikings deserved to lose the game against the Chicago Bears, but somehow found their way into the winner’s circle. It was an odd twist of fate for the Vikings, but they didn’t deserve to win on Monday. They did, though, so they deserve some credit for that.
The Minnesota Vikings now have to take on a much tougher opponent. The Vikings will face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.