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Vikings beat Bears 17-9 to reach .500

Vikings beat Bears 17-9 to reach .500

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Dec 21
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Kirk Cousins did not have a great game, but still threw two touchdowns to help lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 17-9 win over the Chicago Bears on Monday at Soldier Field.

Cousins completed 12 of 24 passes for only 87 yards and an interception for the Vikings, who are now 7-7 on the season. The passes were the fewest in a start in his career.

The Vikings are now on a two-game winning streak after previously suffering a two-game losing streak that risked them being eliminated from playoff contention.

“I think we have work,” Cousins said after the game. “I think there is a lot to improve upon. We’re playing three really good opponents up ahead. We’re probably going to need everyone, so there is not a lot of room for error and we have to tighten the screws here and play our best football down the stretch.”

“It’s not just playing better, it’s getting better,” said Vikings’ coach Mike Zimmer, who was satisfied with the result of the game. “It’s getting better in the run defense, getting better in the pass coverage, it’s getting better in protection. It’s getting better in running the ball. It’s all those things. We’re trying to get better so we can get to that spot where we’ve got to get to.”

Bears’ Justin Fields threw for 285 yards and ran for 35 yards in his second game after he returned following injuries involving two broken ribs. The rookie completed 26 of 39 passes, all while playing with two starting tackles missing, as right tackle Larry Borom was on the COVID list, and left tackle Jason Peters was out with an ankle injury.

Robert Quinn and Akiem Hicks recorded two sacks each, but Chicago also committed nine penalties for 91 yards in the game.

“That’s been the story, that’s been the story of the year,” Fields said. “It’s just us shooting ourselves in the foot. Once we eliminate those penalties, sacks on my part where I should just throw the ball away, throw the ball down to the ground, once we eliminate those, we start seeing more points come up on the board and have more success. I thought our whole defense played great tonight and put us in a position to win.”

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