The Vikings Were Overwhelmed By an Electric Team at Soldier Field and Other Bears Bullets

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The Vikings Were Overwhelmed By an Electric Team at Soldier Field and Other Bears Bullets

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My Sunday got flipped on its ear when I forgot to take my allergy medicine before leaving the hotel I was staying at while away from home. So instead of watching the Bears while out with friends, I watched it from a comfortable couch sneezing to no end. You’d think I would have known better after spending six summers in the Southern Illinois region. Ah, well, nevertheless. We move forward.

  • The Bears are back:

  • Am I aware that the Packers currently hold a tie-breaker over the Bears in the division standings? Yes. Do I care? Not one bit. The Bears and Packers have the same record, and thus, share a piece of the first-place pie. Now, Green Bay has a slight edge by having already won at Soldier Field. Chicago gets a chance to return the favor in December. It will be cold, but revenge is best served on a frozen Wisconsin tundra. At least, that is what I have been told.
  • There is just one word to describe the Chicago Bears’ efforts on Sunday — ELECTRIC:

  • I fully expect Matt Nagy to blow an elbow every time he goes hard and throws down the boom. What … just me?
  • This quote touched my soul:

  • Every time the Bears have been pushed down in the Nagy era, they have bounced back. Remember how they responded after losing the opener at Green Bay in 2018. Then think about how they rose to the occasion to beat the Lions in Detroit on Thanksgiving morning last year after playing the SNF game three days before that while playing with a backup quarterback. All things considered, rallying around Chase Daniel and the football bench mob makes sense for this group. This is simply what good teams do — they find ways to win when victory would otherwise be believed to be impossible.
  • I have no doubts that we watched Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins put up the ugliest 90+ passer rating in the history of professional football. And while I’m not totally sold on ESPN’s QBR metric a lowly 14.8 rating feels like a more accurate depiction of what happened on Sunday.
  • Oh, and the much-ballyhooed rushing game picked up just 40 yards on 16 carries. Sure, Dalvin Cook got in for Minnesota’s only touchdown, but this also happened to him:

  • We might have seen Nick Kwiatkoski’s best game since arriving in the NFL. He had a team-leading nine tackles, a sack, forced fumble, two tackles-for-loss, and one use of an opposing running back as a weapon against his own quarterback. Talk about stuffing the stat sheet!
  • These guys keep receipts:

  • Khalil Mack has a way with words:

  • Here is how good No. 52 is:

  • Allen Robinson made some personal history on Sunday:

  • Robinson also made this baller-iffic catch:

  • Robinson now on pace for 96 catches an 1,120 receiving yards. It would be nice to get him in the end zone sooner, rather than later.
  • Javon Wims being a seventh-round pick was a steal:

  • Wims got the call to start and answered the bell by catching four passes for 56 yards. A 37-yard long one was the highlight of the day, but don’t lose sight of the route-running. Sharp routes will get Wims noticed by coaches, which will ultimately get him more playing time, and eventually more targets, catches, receiving yards, and touchdowns. The second-year Georgia product is opening eyes.
  • And then there are the receivers in Minnesota:

  • Ah, yes. The words of a man who knows his offense is broken.
  • I doubt Vikings fans are pleased with this explanation:

  • Can you smell what Da Bears are cookin’?

  • We spent plenty of time talking about the special teams unit when things were going poorly last year, so allow me to take a moment for some equal opportunity after a solid performance on Sunday. Place-kicker Eddy Piñeiro knocked in all three of his kicks and an extra point, outscoring the Vikings all by himself. Punter Pat O’Donnell deserves some love, too. He unleashed a banger with a 64-yard punt when the Bears needed to flip the field as part of a five-punt, 241-yard day that featured two that landed inside the 20. No one wants to see their favorite team’s punter on the field often, but O’Donnell has put in that work to get some much-deserved shine.
  • Oh, and that Sherrick McManis open-field tackle on the Vikings punt returner is arguably the best special teams play this team has made since Chris Tabor took over the show.
  • A live look at me whenever I get in the slow line at the grocery store:

  • I wish the folks at CBS would have gotten this story right:

  • These were the coldest kicks I saw on the field yesterday:

  • For the record, I’ve always loved Swaggy P:

  • And finally, we finish this round of Bullets by going to a consensus on how to describe Sunday’s win:

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.