Bears have no answer for Vikings defense in Week 17

01 January, 2018, 01:47 | Author: Patty Aguilar
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"I haven't really thought about (continuing to coach)", Fox said this week. It was one of seven penalties for 91 yards whistled against Chicago in the first half, compared to just 53 yards of offense.

"Right now it's all about team ball", Joseph said.

Keenum completed 17 of his 21 passes that night for 140 yards and a touchdown, and after Harrison Smith's late interception of first-time starter Mitch Trubisky, Kai Forbath kicked a 26-yard field goal with 16 seconds left to give the Vikings a 20-17 win. "Just letting the game slow down and just playing, instead of thinking".

The Vikings were up 3-2 in Chicago when they turned to Keenum just before halftime, and it was only when the offense began to coalesce around the quarterback that Minnesota avoided what could have been a costly loss. The Vikings have even bigger fish to fry on Sunday, as they'll bid to secure a first-round bye with a victory over the visiting Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Jordan Howard has rushed for over 1,000 yards and is a power back who has nine touchdowns on the ground this year.

As long as this defense that entered the final regular-season game with the fewest points and yards allowed in the National Football League this season is intact, the Vikings will be all the more likely to stick around.


A week before their October 9 game in Chicago, the Minnesota Vikings fell to 2-2 with a 14-7 home loss to the Detroit Lions, losing rookie running back Dalvin Cook to a torn ACL in the process.

The Bears will finish in the cellar of the NFC North for the third consecutive season under Fox, who was hired by the team in January 2015 after a four-year stint as the Denver Broncos' coach. He leaped to his feet and veered left past the confused Vikings and untouched for the score.

It was a Dave Toub Special - called by the Bears special teams coach, Jeff Rodgers - and it went for a 59-yard touchdown.

Receiver Adam Thielen can increase his 2018 salary escalator by another $250,000 with five catches to reach 90 for the season. Jeremiah Sirles will likely start for Easton while Joe Berger will slide from right guard to center.

Bears: Two starting offensive linemen, LT Bobby Massie (knee) and RG Josh Sitton (ankle), did not play.

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