Sunday, 26 May, 2019

Minnesota Vikings Ups and Downs: Week 11 vs Chicago Bears

Hoge and Jahns, Episode 193: Bears-Vikings Postgame Show Minnesota Vikings Didn't Heed Mike Zimmer's Warnings, Lost To Chicago Bears
Cary Erickson | 19 November, 2018, 22:29

However, many did not anticipate Bears second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky making the type of leap he has in Year 2. Great leader, on and off the field. This came after he launched a momentum shift by stripping the ball from Dalvin Cook's arms in the red zone, forced a 305-pound Riley Reiff to the ground with one arm and acted as the nightmare force for the Bears' defense in generating the necessary pressure to continue their first-place run in the NFC North.

The result puts the division-leading Bears at 7-3 and the Vikings at 5-4-1.

The Bears got the drive going with five straight rushing plays, including a 9-yarder on third down from Trubisky and a 20-yarder from Taylor Gabriel. The 6-foot-6 Shaheen caught 12 passes for 127 yards and three touchdowns last season as a rookie. "Unfortunately, especially in the first three quarters of the game, we kept coming away with field goals or even worse, turnovers".

"(Zimmer) also said to his running backs, 'Be very careful with the ball. Instead of getting within field goal range, the Vikings went into halftime scoreless.

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Cousins and the Minnesota offense were held completely off the scoreboard in the first half, falling down by 14 points.

His big play Sunday night proved crucial as the Vikings responded with 14 points late that weren't enough. Earlier this season, the Vikings were able to mitigate some of Philadelphia's pass rush with short throws, but they could not carry over the same success in Chicago.

It was safety Eddie Jackson who would deliver. In help over the top, he timed his arrival in front of Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell and beat him to the football, then dashed down the sidelines for the score.