Mitchell Trubisky: Vikings spoil first start for rookie quarterback

CHICAGO IL- SEPTEMBER 10 Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky throws the football prior to an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Chicago Bears

CHICAGO IL- SEPTEMBER 10 Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky throws the football prior to an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Chicago Bears

We haven't given the special teams a whole lot of credit, but their play warrants it this season, and it came through again on Monday night.

The Vikings defense continues to pace the team's effort and put on another dominant performance on Monday night. The Chicago Bears defense was able to make a stand and hold the Vikings to a field goal.

Sensing an opportunity, head coach John Fox called for a fake punt on 4th-and-6 at the Vikings' 38-yard line.

There will be ups and downs for the remainder of his rookie season.

The Bears were unable to break the 17-17 deadlock on their next two possessions. Harrison Smith reached up and hauled it in. Griffen timed his get off perfectly on a Trubisky dropback with 2:34 to play in the 2nd quarter and the Vikings trailing 2-0. Marcus Cooper Sr. made some outstanding plays on the ball in Week 3, and other players like Eddie Jackson and Prince Amukamara will also be tasked with helping to keep Sam Bradford and the Vikings at bay.

Trubisky valiantly rallied the Bears from a 17-9 deficit early in the fourth quarter, forging a 17-17 tie with a 20-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Miller coupled with a two-point conversion run by the quarterback on a trick play that looked like it came from a schoolyard game.

Sam Bradford made his first start after suffering a knee injury that kept him out since Minnesota's Week 1 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

The interception would ultimately prove to be a game-deciding one. Bradford himself said this past week that he might not be 100 percent healthy all year long (more on that here). At that point in time, the Vikings offense was struggling to generate a rhythm and had picked up only three first downs in the first six drives. It set a tone for a disjointed first half on offense. He finished with just 36 yards on 5-of-11 passing, and he was lucky not to have at least two interceptions on plays the Bears couldn't convert. McKinnon led the Vikings with 16 carries, for 95 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown. Last night's game peaked with an 8.3 MM rating during the 9:45 - 10 PM slot, exactly when The Last Jedi trailer was shown - the Force is clearly strong with that one. Keenum completed 17-of-21 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown, along with 22 rushing yards.

"He'll beat you, then be walking back to the huddle, look over and just smile at you".

The 33-year-old had 18 catches for 154 yards and no touchdowns in five games this season.

"The first half, the running game was OK, but it wasn't really moving", Zimmer said. The Bears could tell Bradford was playing on one good leg and teed off, hitting him relentlessly and smothering the Vikings' offense every time they took the field. The turnover allowed the Vikings to run the clock down and kick the winning field goal with 12 seconds left.

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