Bears Beat Vikings 25-20, Tighten Grip On NFC North

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To think that they haven't played a meaningful regular season game in almost five years is remarkable. Well, Minnesota went o-fer on his requests and the Vikings suffered another loss in primetime, a 25-20 defeat at the hands of the division rival Bears. "It was an extreme challenge for us".

Well, on the Bears' first possession, Trubisky scrambled on 3rd-and-8 and picked up a first down.

Mack and Jackson led a dominant effort by the defense.

The second turnover occurred late in the first half when the Vikings, trailing 14-0, were on the fringes of field-goal range.

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Synopsis: After the Tarik Cohen fumble, the Vikings had the ball deep in Bears territory.

Chicago's Cody Parkey kicked a 48-yard field goal with 2:48 remaining for a 25-14 lead.

Trubisky completed 12 of 14 passes for 92 yards in a ball-control first half and ran six times for 37 yards to give the Bears a 14-0 lead at halftime in the NFC North showdown. But I will say, they've done all the right things defensively, the selection of Leighton Vander Esch at No. 19 this past spring looks like a steal, Demarcus Lawrence is an underrated pass rusher, and they've held teams in check mostly without oft-injured linebacker Sean Lee - something Rod Marinelli's defence has struggled to do in the past. He was sacked just once. "He's playing with confidence".

It will be interesting to see what role Harris plays when Sendejo returns. He carried three times for 28 yards to set up his 18-yard TD pass to rookie WR Anthony Miller.

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Harris made two big interceptions to keep the Vikings in the game.

Trubisky's first possession stalled in the red zone, so the Bears settled for Parkey's 33-yard field goal, which was received with ear-splitting approval from the Soldier Field crowd. But Trubisky was sacked for a loss of 5 yards by Vikings linebacker Eric Wilson at the 16-yard line on second down and the Bears settled for a field goal. So, for the first time, he traveled to Soldier Field twice during the week to practice at night in an attempt to simulate game conditions. That capped the league's longest touchdown drive this season in terms of plays (13) and time (7:13).Trubisky then hit Josh Bellamy in the end zone to make it 11-0, after Chicago opted to go for two rather than have Parky attempt an extra point.

The only down side to the Bears' huge victory was that there is no time to replay it and bask in the glow.

I can't wait, but even if we somehow end up with a Monday night dud, there were a lot of significant results and changing fortunes for some teams from Sunday's games. "It's on to Detroit".

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