Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 11 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
November 16, 2014
Mixed in with the Sunday NFL set we had an NFC North battle on our hands between the Vikings ant Bears at Soldier Field. Minnesota was coming into this one well-rested after a bye week, while Chicago was flat-out embarrassed by their rival Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 10. Both teams needed a win here to have any realistic shot at a postseason berth, so there was a lot on the line.
Let’s check out some of the notable players and key statistics from this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll look ahead to Week 12 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Minnesota started out on quite a roll, but then their offense stalled out and allowed the Bears to catch up. The scoring began on a 50-yard Blair Walsh field goal, and Rhett Ellison made it 10-0 on a 7-yard pass from Teddy Bridgewater.
In the second, the Bears got on the board with a nice 27-yard TD catch by Alshon Jeffery from Jay Cutler. Brandon Marshall got in on the action late in the half with a TD catch of his own from 44 yards out, making it 14-10 at the break.
When the teams came out of the locker room, both offenses sputtered in the third quarter. Finally, at the 8:51 mark of the fourth, Marshall and Cutler broke the futility with a 4-yard TD hookup that made it 21-10. Minnesota got to within one score on a 26-yard field goal which gave them one more shot to tie things up. After some positive yardage, Bridgewater tossed a game-ending interception in the end zone to give Chicago a 21-13 home win.
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The Stars: The Bears offense showed some of the usual inconsistency, but was solid when it mattered. Cutler ended up with three touchdowns, 330 yards and a pair of picks. His main beneficiary was Jeffery, who managed 135 yards and the score on 11 grabs. Marshall also had 90 yards and two scores on seven catches. In the backfield, Matt Forte put together 117 yards on 26 carries with another 58 yards on six catches.
On the other side, there’s not much to get excited over. Charles Johnson dominated the receiving game with 80 yards on five receptions.
The Goats: The Minnesota offense struggled to find any room the whole day. The team had just 10 first downs to Chicago’s 24, with only two of those coming on the ground. The team was also just 2-of-11 on third down, and couldn’t stay on the field. Minnesota lost the time of possession battle 21:22 to 38:38.
Injuries: Minnesota WR Jarius Wright came out in the first half due to a hamstring injury. He was targeted just once in the game.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 12, both teams will have home games. The Vikings will be back in the NFC North when the Packers come to visit (Nov. 23; 1:00 PM ET on FOX), while the Bears will welcome Lovie Smith back to Soldier Field when the Buccaneers come to town (Nov. 23; 1:00 PM ET on FOX).
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