The Chicago Bears will take on the Minnesota Vikings in week 15. Both teams are on the eve of the play-offs (6-7), so the stakes are high.
When the two rivals meet on Sunday, it will be the 120th meeting in history. The Vikings currently have a 61-56-2 lead in the rivalry.
For the 15th week the bears and the Vikings met for the last time 34 days ago. The 16th. In November 2020, the bears hosted the Vikings in a Monday night football match. At that time the bears were 5-4 and the Vikings 3-5. Chicago has just made a three-game skid and Minnesota has two straight victories over the Packers and Lions. Although the game only took place five short weeks ago, it feels like an eternity has passed.
The game got off to a rough start, with the Vikings and the Bears giving the ball away in their first attempts at attack. Minnesota picked up the ball first and easily reached the 47-yard line before Kyle Rudolph dropped the ball in Bears territory. But the Vikings recovered the ball twice later when Harrison Smith kicked a wandering pass from Nick Foles to Anthony Miller.
The Vikings then ran 41 yards in six games and found the end zone on a pass from Kirk Cousins to Adam Thielen, who worked against Buster Sreen. The Bears responded with their best attack of the game, a 70-yard drive of 14 games that ended with a goal from Cairo Santos. The two teams exchanged shots before the Bears forced the Bears to switch places again. Khalil Mack tore the ball out of Thielen’s hands, preventing a possible Viking goal.
Although the Bears had an excellent position on the pitch, they only managed to reach one goal. Vikings took a 7-6 lead at halftime.
In the beginning of the second half, Cordarrelle Patterson knocks out the Vikings. He kicked off 104 yards from the house for a touchdown. That score was the Bears’ only touchdown.
Along the way, the Bears forced the Vikings to play, but they were pushed off the board by the new running back Dwayne Harris. The Vikings, who penetrated deep into the Bears’ area, managed only one yard in four games and had to settle for a field goal.
The Bears and the Vikings then combined for three straight shots before Minnesota returned 60 yards in seven games to connect the game with another goal. However, this score turned out to be the loss of the bears. Akeem Hicks was injured and did not return to the game.
In typical Bears fashion, the attack is made in threes and the ball goes back to the Vikings. The Vikings made the capital when Delvin Cook shut down Chicago’s weakened defenses. Minnesota also finished its ninth game with a 63-yard touchdown of the Cousins in Thielen. The Vikings failed to cash in on a two-point conversion attempt.
After the touchdown of the Vikings, both teams had their last five practice sessions:
During the last training of the Bears, Nick Foles injured his hip in the first game. The defensive front of the Vikings lured the veteran quarterback and forced him into bed. Eventually, people also lost their jobs because the Bears haven’t been around since. With Mitchell Trubisky inactive because of an injury, Tyler Bray replaced the sweeper.
The Chicago Bears lost to the Minnesota Vikings 19-13 and survived the first rival puzzle of the Matt Nagy era.
Sunday the 20th. December, noon. The TC takes place in week 15. This program will be broadcast on the FOX channel. Do not forget to watch the Bears On Tap podcast for a preview of the game.