Vikings look less repulsive than Bears in victory on Monday night

(Photo by Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports)
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It was not pretty, but the Minnesota Vikings made plays when they needed to and it resulted in a much-needed win over the Chicago Bears on Monday.

Getting a win on the road against the Chicago Bears is never easy for the Minnesota Vikings. But on Monday night, the Vikings were able to make enough plays and leave Soldier Field with a 17-9 victory over the Bears.

Minnesota got on the board early after Kirk Cousins found Justin Jefferson in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. That put the Vikings up 7-0 in the first quarter and they never relinquished that lead for the entire night.

With the win on Monday, Minnesota improves their record to 7-7. If the Washington Football Team loses on Tuesday to the Philadelphia Eagles, then the Vikings will move back into the No. 7 spot in the NFC playoff race.

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After that first-quarter touchdown, Minnesota only managed to put up 10 points during the rest of the game. However, that’s all they needed as Chicago had even more trouble when it came to putting points on the board on Monday night.

Cousins finished the matchup with two touchdown tosses, but he only threw for a total of 87 yards, and he completed just 50 percent of his passes.

Dalvin Cook was probably the most impressive piece of Minnesota’s offense on Monday. But even he struggled to make a significant impact as he finished the night with 89 rushing yards on 28 carries (3.2 average).

The Vikings certainly benefited from the Bears making several boneheaded plays during the contest, including Chicago head coach Matt Nagy drawing a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after he couldn’t stop screaming at the game officials. The Bears ended up finishing the night with nine penalties for 91 yards.

For those that were really bummed when the clock eventually ran out in the fourth quarter, don’t worry, these two teams will face each other one more time this season when Chicago heads to the Twin Cities to take on the Vikings in the first-ever Week 18 matchup inside U.S. Bank Stadium.

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