Kirk Cousins will take the win every day of the week. It finally didn’t matter that he finally got it on Monday night.
The Cousins threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns, and the Minnesota Vikings overcame a 104-yard initial return from Chicago by Cordarel Patterson to beat the Bears 19-13.
The cousins won for the first time in 10 career starts on Monday night. He hit Adam Tylen with a six-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to bring Minnesota ahead, and the Vikings (4-5) held on for their third straight win. They also cut a four-game losing streak against Chicago (5-5).
“It’s great to win,” Cousins said. “We will try to continue to build now and it will be so important to keep stringing them together if we can. Indeed, this will be the rest of the season. “
Bears quarterback Nick Falls was taken off the field in a wheelchair in the last minute of the game. Coach Matt Nagy said Fowles’ leg and thighs were evaluated after he was hit on the right side by Minnesota’s Ifeadi Odenigbo as he threw the ball.
Patterson joined Josh Cribbs and Leon Washington as the only players with eight returns with a touchdown kick as he escaped the start of the second half to give Chicago a 13-7 lead. It was the longest return in franchise history, surpassing Gail Sayers’ 103-yard field against Pittsburgh in 1967.
Patterson had all the room he needed as he sprinted up the sideline and raised two fingers as he closed in the end zone. “I don’t know what I did, man. I was eclipsed at the time, “Patterson said.
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With offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who convened the plays after Nagy handed over those duties in an attempt to raise a unit near the bottom of the NFL, the Bears run 149 yards. This was the lowest total since they had 147 against San Francisco in December 2017.
“We need to make sure we’re really coming back now and saying ‘OK, what’s going on, where we are now, so we have some time to really see,” Nagy said.
Falls fell for 106 yards and intercepted. That was far from his previous start against the Vikings, when he led Philadelphia past them in the NFC championship game on the way to the 2018 Super Bowl title.