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Minnesota Vikings: What we learned from Monday night's win over Chicago

Kristopher Love | 11 October, 2017, 00:33

That means there'll be a lot more pressure on Loggains, Fox and the rest of the offensive staff than Trubisky over the season's final 12 weeks.

The Minnesota Vikings exorcised some Soldier Field demons Monday night in their victory over Chicago. The division is now being held off by the Green Bay Packers, with their near-perfect 3-1 record.

Sam Bradford first game back from his latest knee injury didn't exactly go as planned. That is putting it kindly. Bradford's knee is clearly still hurting, and he should never have seen the field. "They did a good job of scheming us up". Keenum finished the game going 17 of 21 for 140 yards and one touchdown, good for a passer rating of 110.3. "We can't put him in those positions". Sure, O'Donnell looks like the least comfortable person in the world making the throw and couldn't have been more nonchalant, but Bears fans used to seeing Jay Cutler on a weekly basis are well-acquainted with someone throwing the ball that looks like he doesn't give a shit where it lands. However, it was smart to come out when he started to limp. Trubisky hit 11 of his first 22 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown to Zach Miller, which came early in the fourth quarter when Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo got a hand on the pass, only to deflect it up and behind him to the waiting Miller. He stripped Trubisky, leading to a field goal for Minnesota. McKinnon may not start next week at home against Green Bay, but he should get the bulk of the touches moving forward. They are not going to the playoffs with Case Keenum starting for them. He also ran for a 2-point conversion that tied the game with 12:24 to play.

In the second quarter, left tackle Charles Leno did not touch Vikings' defensive end Everson Griffen, who strip-sacked Trubisky at the Chicago Bears 13-yard line. The unit also generated the first points of the game as Leonard Floyd sacked Sam Bradford in the end zone for a safety, giving the Bears a 2-0 lead late in the first quarter.

Mitch-a-palooza started out hot Monday night, with the rookie displaying pinpoint accuracy and rolling out of the pocket to dart passes all over the field. The punt coverage team came into the game allowing very few return yards and they kept it up against the Bears.

One flawless lateral later, Trubisky is holding the ball and sauntering into the end zone. Over the last two seasons they are 1-1 in Chicago, but since 2001 they have lost 13 of the 15 games played there.

The Vikings got the ball at the 28 and Forbath booted the victor with 16 seconds left. "Us as running backs, we have explosive group, and we knew we had to make those plays without Dalvin here". Tight end Kyle Rudolph and running back Jerick McKinnon were the ones to do it. After the game, Trubisky didn't shirk from the mistake that cost the Bears the win, he owned it and took accountability for the interception, and that's what you want to see in a quarterback and future leader of the organization.