The Minnesota Vikings managed to steal the show with a late field goal against the Chicago Bears last night, putting a dampener on an otherwise solid debut for Mitchell Trubisky. The No. 2 overall draft pick impressed during the match, completing 12 of 25 passing for 128 yards, bagging a touchdown and one interception.
Trubisky may have stolen the headlines, but for Viking’s fans much of the focus was on returning QB Sam Bradford. Having recently undergone knee surgery, Bradford was never expected to be 100%, and with just 25 seconds to go in the first-half, Bradford’s knee flared up once again, and he was swiftly replaced by Case Keenum – a move that turned out to be an inspired choice for the Vikings.
Following a largely defensive first-half from both sides (3-2), the game opened up in the second half, with Keenum leading on three scoring drives. Keenum helped put his side ahead by picking out tight end Kyle Rudolph for a 13 yard touchdown in the third quarter, and the Bears reacted instantly with a Benny Cunningham touchdown from a fake punt.
One each from Jerick McKinnon and Trubisky levelled the scores, but the latter’s interception proved costly for the Bears, allowing Vikings’ Kai Forbath to kick for a late 3-points.
The Vikings (3-2) have now beaten the Bears (1-4) for the third time in 17 games.