Vikings beat Bears, hand Kirk Cousins his first-ever MNF win

(Photo by Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports) Adam Thielen
(Photo by Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports) Adam Thielen /

The Minnesota Vikings got their third win in a row by beating the Chicago Bears on Monday night.

It wasn’t pretty, but the Minnesota Vikings got a big divisional win on Monday night. The Vikings were able to put their historic struggles at Soldier Field behind them and defeat the Chicago Bears by a final score 19-13.

The victory is Minnesota’s third in a row and with a 4-5 record, they are slowly creeping back into the NFC playoff picture with seven games left to go.

Monday’s result was also only the fourth time the Vikings have been able to get a road win over the Bears since 2001.

Minnesota Vikings win without Dalvin Cook dominating

After two monster games, Dalvin Cook came back down to earth a bit against the Bears. Cook finished with 112 total yards on 34 touches.

With Chicago able to contain Minnesota’s rushing attack, the Vikings turned to their passing game to lead them to a win. Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins picked up his first-ever victory on a Monday night by completing 25 of his 36 pass attempts for 292 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

Adam Thielen hauled in four of Cousins’ passes in Chicago and the veteran receiver added two more touchdown catches to his total this season. With his two scores on Monday, Thielen now has nine this year, tying his single-season career-high.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Vikings easily had their best performance of the year. Minnesota held the Bears to 149 yards and just two conversions on 3rd down out of 11 attempts

The Vikings will look to increase their winning streak to four and bring their record back to .500 next week when they take on the  2-7 Dallas Cowboys inside U.S. Bank Stadium.