Minnesota Vikings Week 5: Top takeaways vs. the Chicago Bears

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 09: Kyle Rudolph
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 09: Kyle Rudolph /
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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The Minnesota Vikings’ second Monday Night Football game of the season turned out to be a lot closer than their first as they survived a nail biting second half at Soldier Field to secure a 20-17 victory over the Chicago Bears.

One week after competing in a divisional slugfest against the Detroit Lions, the Minnesota Vikings found themselves in embroiled in another one with both team’s defenses dominating the first half. An unhealthy Sam Bradford and debuting Mitchell Trubisky cancelled each other out, resulting in a 3-2 Vikings lead at the end of the second quarter.

Thankfully for viewers, the game came to life in the second half as the Vikings’ offense stepped it up a gear with a new quarterback under center and Chicago resorted to the depths of their playbook in an effort to secure a victory. Fortunately, the Vikings were able to overcome a variety of trick plays and drive-extending penalties to secure their third victory of the season thanks to their defense coming through in the clutch.

With Minnesota returning to winning ways, let’s review the top takeaways from Monday night and what they mean for the upcoming shown with the Green Bay Packers.

(Unless otherwise noted, all game stats are provided by ESPN)