Pretty incredible, right? Monday Night Football color commentator and offensive guru Jon Gruden even acknowledged how unbelievable that play call was, stating "I need to put that in my offense". Keenum, whose work ethic is admired around the Vikings facility, took ownership of this game.
The Bears then used some trickery to rally from 10-2 and 17-9 deficits in the second half. The Minnesota Vikings looked like the team to beat after putting it all together in a Week 1 win. That is putting it kindly. He just made a bad decision. And the QB, who has twice suffered a ACL injury, should not see the field again if he is not ready to play. "That's what it's going to take from us week in, week out". He came into the game and immediately started hitting receivers.
A struggling Bradford was replaced for good late in the half by Case Keenum and in the third quarter proved effective in leading a 75-yard drive for a score. He then put together another good one late to set up the winning field goal. And somehow the Vikings went into the half with the lead. McKinnon may not start next week at home against Green Bay, but he should get the bulk of the touches moving forward. Tarik Cohen has been the principal force behind the Bears' running game but he certainly hasn't gotten much help from his quarterback.
Rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky's first National Football League start was that big, that emotional, that exciting, that wildly anticipated by Bears fans and teammates. Monday night didn't have any "desperate" to it. "I think they have faith in me".
One flawless lateral later, Trubisky is holding the ball and sauntering into the end zone.
A year ago the Vikings served up a disaster of a game on Halloween in Chicago.
All said and done, the Vikings' D allowed Trubisky just 125 yards on 12-for-25 passing. He hadn't gotten many opportunities to carry the ball like he did on Monday - 16 times for 95 yards. The Vikings threw a lot at Trubisky, and for the most part he responded well.
As a side note, Griffen now has at least one sack in each of his first five games this year. He appeared frustrated, and even disinterested at times. Penalties bogged down the Bears' offense in the first half, wiping away scoring opportunity after scoring opportunity. It was 6.2 seconds from snap to sack on the safety-from a veteran quarterback. Some quarterbacks run first. Over throws killed a couple early drives and, but the safety is because he held the ball in the endzone as though he thought his offensive line was the Packers offensive, which gives Aaron Rodgers a week to look around the defense.
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Soldier Field has been a house of horrors for the Minnesota Vikings for more than decade. Jerick McKinnon fumbled on the kickoff return, but Minnesota was lucky that the ball was recovered out of bounds by the Bears. As a measure, last week's Chiefs vs. Redskins game ended up with 11.9 million viewers and a 4.3 rating among adults 18-49.