The Chicago Bears started the day with the opportunity to bring the Minnesota Vikings down into a tie for last place in the NFC North, and to win their first game at Soldier Field this year. The cold air and snowy weather made it a picture-perfect day for Chicago Bears football.
After falling behind 10-0 in the 1st quarter, it was worth wondering whether Marc Trestman, Mel Tucker, or Jay Cutler would make it out of the stadium alive, but then things started clicking. Matt Forte started carving out yard after yard, both rushing and receiving, and Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery were playing like the All-Pros that they were expected to be.
After coming back and going ahead 14-10, the stats continued to rack up, but then Cutler threw an almost scripted interception to end out the 2nd quarter.
Later in the 3rd, a 4th-and-goal situation at the Vikings goal line had Marc Trestman feeling lucky, but his designed quarterback sweep (WTF) left the ball short of the goal line, and with Jay Cutler taking another shot to his head.
Also in the 3rd, Cutler was blitzed on a passing play, and he responded by throwing it right to a Vikings defender.
But early in the 4th quarter, Cutler throws a touchdown strike to Brandon Marshall to give them a 21-10 lead, which proved to be more than a struggling Teddy Bridgewater could come back from.
The defense looked good, did their jobs, and everyone in Chicago goes home today a happy camper.
Jay Cutler: 31/43, 330 yds, 3 TD's, 2 INT, 98.0 rating
Matt Forte: 26 rushes, 117 yds, 6 rec, 58 yds
Alshon Jeffery: 11 rec, 135 yds, 1 TD
Brandon Marshall : 7 rec, 90 yds, 2 TD
So the Bears bring their record to 4-6, tying the Vikings for last place in the NFC North.
Can their winning streak continue? Stay tuned...