They came to see Dalwin Cook. They left to talk about Kirk Cousins.
(And the protection of the Vikings.)
The Minnesota Vikings achieved the rarest feats in football on Monday night, a victory at Soldier Field. They held out to defeat the Chicago Bears on Monday night with a final score of 19-13.
The Vikings won football first, and the teams exchanged turns for their first possessions. Kyle Rudolph lost the first mess of his career when he first drove the Vikings, and this was followed by Harrison Smith, who intercepted a pass that went out of the hands of Anthony Miller.
The Vikings had a much better finish to their second possession as Kirk Cousins found Adam Tylen for an incredible 1
The Bears scored a 23-yard goal from Cairo Santos shortly before the end of the first quarter to reduce the score to 7-3.
Towards the end of the half, with the Vikings near the red zone, the Cousins tried to hit Adam Tylen, but the ball bounced from # 19 and into the hands of Khalil Mack to intercept. This put the Bears in Minnesota. However, the Vikings limited the damage and forced the Bears to settle for another goal on the field from Santos, that of 42 meters, to make the score 7-6.
The Bears took the lead as soon as the teams came out of the locker room at half-time as Cordarel Patterson took the second half and returned it to 104 yards for a touchdown. Santos hit the extra point and that was exactly 13-7 in favor of the hosts.
The Vikings caught a break soon after when Dwayne Harris muffled a blow from Britton Cockwith and Josh Metell recovered in Chicago 20. But the Vikings managed to manage just 37 yards from Dan Bailey to reduce the lead to 13-10 by just under eleven minutes left in the third.
Minnesota received another goal on the field at the end of the third quarter, as Dan Bailey joined from 43 to equalize at 13-13.
The Vikings took the lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter as Cousins and Tylen connected for another touchdown, the six-yard one. The extra point saw a bad click from Austin Cutting that Britton Colquitt couldn’t lift, so the lead remained at six, 19-13.
That was all the Vikings needed to win their third Soldier Field victory from the Mike Zimmer era, as they held the ball long enough at the end of the game to prevent the Bears from returning. This is also the first time Mike Zimmer has beaten Matt Nagy and the first time Kirk Cousins has led Monday night’s football victory.
The cousins were the main force in the crime after watching the Dalwin Cook show for a few weeks. He made 25-of-36 passes for 292 yards, a pair of touchdowns to Adam Tylen and an interception. Justin Jefferson led the Vikings in gaining yards, scoring 135 yards in eight catches. Tylen had 43 yards on four catches to go along with his two results.
Cook actually had a pretty quiet game in this one. He rushed for 96 yards, but it took him 30 drives to get there. He also had four catches in just 16 yards.
The win moved the Vikings to 4-5 this season and gave them a 3-1 record in NFC North after beating all three of their rivals in the division over the past three weeks. On Sunday, they started a home game of three games when they returned to a US Bank stadium to deal with the Dallas Cowboys. The bears fall to 5-5 with their fourth consecutive loss and will take week to week 11.
The Minnesota Vikings won a rare victory on Soldier Field on Monday night in football, holding on to the Chicago Bears with a final score of 19-13. Thanks to everyone who talked about this week’s game right here at The Daily Norseman!