The Chicago Bears continued their winning streak with a 33-27 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in week 15. Now the Bears are back at .500 with a record of 7-7. In fact, the Bears are in the middle when it comes to the NFC playoffs.

Chicago is currently behind the Arizona Cardinals for eighth place in the NFC.

Via ESPN

Anyway, today was a great day for Chicago and Bears fans. Not only did they keep their qualification hope, but they also avenged a Week 10 loss for the Vikings on the Soldier’s Field.

If victory itself was fantastic, it was the way they won that stood out. The three phases and the management team presented themselves at the most important moment. It wasn’t a great victory, but it was an admirable one. In one tradition as in another, these are the main lessons of the long-awaited victory of the Bears over the Vikings.

Matthew Nagy

In his best performance as head coach this year, Matt Nagy has finally shown what he is capable of. Nagy finally decided to run away and stayed with him all the way. He put Mitchell Trubisky in a position to succeed and again adapted the game plan to the strengths of his attack.

Of course there were a few peculiarities, but they weren’t as bad as the weeks before. The credit goes to the third-year head coach who took this team out of the depths of football hell and brought them back in the play-offs with a score of 7-7. He may be the one who brought them to the same depths of hell, but that’s a story for another time. Nagy swallowed his pride and put his ego aside to put the team in a better position on the straight.

It would be rather ironic if Matt Nagy kept his job because he quit. New attack, other player. *Bear

– Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein) 20 December 2020

Less gentle, more malicious.
Put your athletic BQ to work.
Try to walk.

If we knew this more than a year ago, why did it take these #Bear employees so long to realize this?

– Sylvie (@WaddleandSilvy) 20 December 2020

Offensive line

The top five guys did a good job today. They did great in the passing game and the running game. As a unit they only allowed one bag a day, which gave Trubisky a little comfort in the bag. In addition, the Bears’ offensive line rushed 199 meters in the afternoon. The new improvised offensive line has been impressive for weeks. Except for further injury, this unit should give the attacker the confidence to push towards the play-offs.

David Montgomery

Montgomery did it today. The Bears gave him the ball early on and did so throughout the game. He rewarded her for that decision. On the ground he walked 146 meters on 32 luggage racks for an average of 4.2 meters. Montgomery also found the end zone twice.

However, the Bears didn’t use Montgomery much in the passing game, as he registered a 16-yard catch on two targets. Yet Montgomery was remarkable against the Vikings.

Nice fact:

It’s number 30 for David Montgomery. The last time #Bears running back Jordan Howard had 30 attempts to rush was on the 15th. October 2017 in Baltimore, when he was 36.

– Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) 20 December 2020

Mitchell tubes

Mitchell Trubisky’s rise to fame continues, or so it seems. Trubisky has been playing quite well since he took over his starting role, usually in weekly game plans that have served him relatively well. The coaches have done a great job since the preseason week by emphasizing his strengths and minimizing his weaknesses.

The bagpipes are also worth congratulations. I’ve been hard on him all year, but now he’s using it to make some money.

– Matt Eirich (@MattEurich) 20 December 2020

Trubisky did it again. His stats weren’t sexy to say the least, but the eye test revealed a sense of confidence and calmness in his play. Trubisky ended the day with the following statistics: 15/21, 202 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 97.9 QB Rating.

The Bear Flagman also often used his legs against Minnesota. Trubisky ran eight times for 34 yards, an average of 4.3 yards per run. In the end he was a double threat and gave the Vikings a big headache.

Cairo Santos

Ever since he quit the Bears, this guy’s been money. Santos scored all four goals and three extra points against the Vikings. Overall, he has repaired the shovels that have plagued the team over the past four years. That’s a relief. This year, Santos scored 25/27 (92.6%) goals on the field and 30/31 (96.8%) extra points.

Darnell Mooney

Ever since Darnell Mooney took the field, he’s simply excelled for the Bears. The rookie made four strikes for 49 yards and scored the only touchdown of the afternoon.

Surprisingly, the newcomer is already making history.

Darnell Mooney now has 46 receptions, most for a Bearcats rookie who has passed Harlon Hill.

This record has been set for 66 years!

– Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) 20 December 2020

An area that may not be named.

After the second quarter, the problems begin to fade. Last week the Bears scored three points in the third quarter. They scored seven points this week. ZEVEN. Still, it’s safe to say they start fighting in the rear-view mirror for the quarter-hour.

Third offense!

The Bears have converted six of their twelve third runs! Cheers! That’s a success rate of 50%.

Protection

Although the Bears did well tonight, their defense was certainly a weak point. Despite the three layoffs of Kirk Cousins and the interception of the last pass, many mistakes have been made.

Again, the wrong decision turned out to be costly. The shortcomings of this department gave the Vikings several opportunities to win additional yards. As a result, Delvin Cook set fire to the defense. Minnesota’s running back scores 132 yards out of 24 carries and scores a touchdown. Kirk Cousins also had a lot of fun running away from the Bears’ defenders, averaging 8.3 yards per race – 25 yards over three rushes.

Besides that, Justin Jefferson had a good day against the Bears in the second game between the two teams. He took eight strikes and 104 meters, but fortunately he didn’t find the back of the end zone. The Chicago defense gave way, but didn’t collapse, with a big tear, as it scored 27 points for 407 yards.

Nuggets and trinkets

There are few positive reports about the bear attack this season, so let’s give them the credit they deserve.

For the first time since 2000, the Bears scored more than 20 first half points in three consecutive games.

– Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) 20 December 2020

With 107 yards on the ground, @MontgomerDavid is the first player since Jordan Howard in 2016 to have run over 100 yards in two consecutive games. He’s broken the 100-yard barrier in three of the last four games.

– Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) 20 December 2020

The Bears, 27th in terms of yards per game, averaging 6.5 yards per game against the Vikings. The Chiefs have an average of 6.6 yards per game this season.

– Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) 20 December 2020

It’s good to point out the opposite defence to put things in context, but here’s another context: The Bears have achieved something for the first time in 7 years (3 consecutive 30+ point races) and have won their 2014-17 30+ point races combined in three weeks time https://t.co/AiryJf9Uu5.

– Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) 20 December 2020

The Bears have played their last 4 games:
has scored 14 TD; average of 31,0 points and 386,5 yards.

The bears of the last 7 games:
Score 9 TD; average of 16.7 points and 272.1 yards.

– Larry Meyer (@LarryMayer) 20 December 2020

Total

Overall, the Bears have played a pretty clean game. The offense resulted in another 30 burgers and appears to have found his identity. Although the defense had difficulty defending itself and awarded many more points than usual, it made the right games at the crucial moments.

The Bears are now 7-7 behind and only one game behind the Arizona Cardinals for the final play-off spot. At the end of the day, it’s all about the Bears winning and getting help. The cardinals take on the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams to close the year. This allowed bear fans to see their Christmas wishes come true. The play-offs are a very real possibility, and more affordable than a top-10 draft pick. It’s time for the Medieval Monsters to throw away their tokens and run until after the season, nothing else matters.

What now?

The Chicago Bears have a date with the Jacksonville, Florida Jaguars in week 16. The Bears and the Jaguars meet on Sunday the 27th. December, 12:00 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on FOX. Chicago will go 7-7 in this game and look to continue their winning streak. Meanwhile, the Jaguars have the worst record in the NFL, scoring 1-13, and lead the search for Trevor [Lawrence] Tank. The two teams are going in the opposite direction because the Bears have everything to lose and the Jaguars don’t have to look for victory.

The On Tap team wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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