Bears Keep Hopes Alive (Minneapolis, MN). In a must win game to stay in the playoff hunt, both the Vikings and Bears had little room for error Sunday afternoon. Both teams took early sacks and went three and out on their opening drives. The bears put together a solid drive the second time around, took the lead and never relinquished it.
Running back David Montgomery had a strong performance for Chicago with a career high 32 rushes for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also had one reception for 16 yards. Mitch Trubisky did just enough to get the Bears back to 500 (7-7). The fourth year quarterback threw for 202 yards a touchdown and interception. Chicago will face the lone Jacksonville Jaguars (1-13) next week.
Minnesota has all but been eliminated from playoff contention as they fall under 500 again (6-8). The Vikings played well offensively, but their defensive had no answer for the Bears. Dalvin Cook had 24 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown. Kirk Cousins threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns. He threw a pick on the last play of the game which could be in fact the play that removes them a post season birth. On the bright side rookie receiver Justin Jefferson continues to impress. He led the Vikings with eight receptions for 104 yards. Minnesota will travel to New Orleans next week and face a hot Saints team (10-3).
Chicago will likely need help to make the postseason. Certainly they’ll have to win the remaining two games, and need other teams to play spoiler. Between the Rams, Cardinals, and Buccaneers, someone will have to take some losses in order for the Bears to have a shot at the third wildcard spot in the expanded playoffs. Minnesota is most likely eliminated with 8 losses on the season, and two tough games ahead.
Bears Keep Hopes Alive!