Cairo Santos made a 30-yard area objective for Chicago with 10 seconds left, his fourth of the sport after a miss on the opening drive, and the Bears had 4 interceptions of Joshua Dobbs in a defense-dominated 12-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday evening.
Justin Fields misplaced two fumbles within the fourth quarter, however with wonderful safety on third-and-10 close to midfield he hit D.J. Moore for 36 yards to place the Bears on the 13 with 55 seconds left. They drained the clock to arrange the successful kick and cease a 12-game shedding streak in opposition to NFC North opponents – together with six in a row in opposition to the Vikings.
Moore had 11 catches for 114 yards for the Bears (4-8), who managed to win and not using a landing on the power of a smothering efficiency by their protection. Dobbs threw the go-ahead rating to T.J. Hockenson with 5:54 left, however after the second fumble by Fields the Vikings stalled out and instantly needed to punt.
When Bears cornerback Kyler Gordon made a diving seize of a batted ball – three of their 4 interceptions have been off deflections – shortly after Santos hit a 55-yarder, the Bears have been in management.
However 5 performs later, Danielle Hunter – whose takedown of Fields in Chicago on Oct. 15 dislocated the quarterback’s thumb and sidelined him for the subsequent 5 video games – dislodged the ball throughout a sack that Sheldon Day recovered on the Minnesota 23 with 9:46 to go.
The Vikings, who cautiously selected to carry star huge receiver Justin Jefferson out for one more recreation along with his hamstring harm and have been as helpless as ever on offense with solely a area objective by Greg Joseph on the finish of the second quarter to that time, lastly put collectively a top quality drive that Dobbs completed with the clutch throw to Hockenson.
After Josh Metellus compelled one other fumble as Fields rumbled for a primary down that Anthony Barr recovered on the Chicago 43, the Vikings have been in enterprise. However they ran twice for a web of 1 yard earlier than a display screen go to Brandon Powell misplaced a yard. Then Ryan Wright sailed his punt out of bounds, netting simply 26 yards, and the Bears had the ball at their 22 as a substitute of being pinned deep.
The Bears, who blew a 12-point lead with about three minutes left final week in a 31-26 loss at Detroit, compelled 4 turnovers for the second straight recreation. Jaylon Johnson, Jaquan Brisker and T.J. Edwards had the opposite picks.
The backflips in the course of the BMX freestyle bike present at halftime really accounted for the majority of highlights, however just for the folks within the constructing not in line for loos or concessions. The ESPN viewers would possibly properly have most well-liked the matchup be switched out beneath the versatile scheduling coverage.
Dobbs and Fields needed to show themselves
Dobbs had a satan of a time discovering a rhythm, with Bears newcomer Montez Sweat main the cost on a fierce go rush and the secondary smothering the receivers down area. After sparking the Vikings to 2 victories after Kirk Cousins went down with a torn Achilles tendon, Dobbs has had a a lot harder time the final two video games.
The Bears are giving Fields, the eleventh total choose within the 2021 draft, an in depth look over the ultimate month-plus of the season earlier than figuring out whether or not to train his fifth-year choice and transfer ahead with him because the quarterback with the long-term standing of the teaching employees concurrently muddied.
The sport plan within the first half appeared prefer it was devised exactly as an audition for Fields, often dropping him again within the pocket in opposition to the aggressive and unorthodox pressures directed by Vikings defensive coordinator Brian Flores. Fields went 12 for 12 for 100 yards within the first quarter and whereas he took three sacks on the evening he by no means made a foul throw whereas ending 27 for 37 for 217 yards.
When Flores despatched a zero blitz with seven rushers on fourth-and-10 from the Minnesota 38 on the final play of the primary quarter, Fields managed to search out tight finish Cole Kmet sneaking uncovered over the center for a 22-yard achieve. That arrange the primary area objective by Santos, who missed a 48-yard attempt on the primary drive.
Bears: DE Yannick Ngakoue left within the fourth quarter with leg cramps. … RB D’Onta Foreman (ankle/shin) was inactive.
Vikings: CB Akayleb Evans (calf) was inactive. Mekhi Blackmon began in his place.
Bears: After the Week 13 bye, they host Detroit on Dec. 10.
Vikings: The bye week is subsequent, adopted by a go to to Las Vegas on Dec. 10.