A Sunday Night Football matchup featuring the top two teams in the NFC North division was nothing short of a good old-fashioned midwestern November rivalry game. In the end, the Chicago Bears (7-3) defeated the visiting Minnesota Vikings (5-4-1) 25-20.
Second-year Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky showed that even in the face of adversity, the young signal caller was able to prevail. Trubisky who has been terrorizing defenses all over the NFL this year posted numbers that were far from what we have become accustomed to seeing this season.
However, the 165 yards passing on 20 completions and 31 attempts accompanied by 10 rushes for 45 yards proved to be just enough to pull out the victory at home.
Trubisky’s legs have been a key component of the Bears offense this season, as the athletic quarterback leads the NFL in rushing yards with 363 yards on 51 carries.Combine that with three touchdowns on the ground so far, and you have a dual-threat quarterback that makes it even tougher for opposing coaches to game plan for. Trubisky did cost his team with two interceptions, yet was able to adjust and finish the game strong.
Chicago’s special teams were efficient as Bears kicker Cody Parkey responded from his disastrous performance the week prior where he struck the uprights four times with his attempts. Sunday night he went three for three, including the game-sealing 48-yard field goal. When Chicago is firing on all cylinders, they have proven that they are undoubtedly contenders.
The Bears are riding a four-game winning streak currently and are proving to be one of the hottest teams in the league right now as the season begins to dwindle down toward the playoffs. Next up for Chicago is a Thanksgiving Day matchup versus another NFC North division foe, the Detroit Lions (4-6).