This is our last Bears Rewind of the season, and we’re going to cap it off with a fun contest from 2008 between the Bears and Vikings at Soldier Field that featured a combined 89 points and a Bears victory. With Charles Tillman, Nathan Vasher, and Danieal Manning out with injuries, the Bears ravaged secondary set the stage for a surprise high-scoring contest between the Bears and Vikings in Week 4 of the 2008 season.
In a game in which the Bears and Vikings met with identical 3-3 records with first place in the NFC North on the line, and both defenses playing fantastic in recent weeks, Sam Rosen Vikings head coach Brad Childress predicted a fistfight between the two teams. They got one, just not the one I believe Childress was envisioning.
Adrian Peterson opened the scoring with a touchdown in the first quarter and would end up torching the Bears for 121 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 22 carries. Former Bears wideout Bernard Berrian caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown against his former squad on this day. All told, Minnesota would rack up 439 yards of offense on the afternoon, but as was such in that era of Bears football, the defense and their five takeaways were the story of the day for the Bears.
I could go over the play-by-play for this one, but I’ll let the video do the talking this week as we say goodbye to the 2021 season. You can check out a compilation of highlights from this game in the tweet from This Day in Chicago Sports below, and you can find the FOX broadcast in its entirety on YouTube by clicking the link below the tweet!
𝐎𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟗, 𝟐𝟎𝟎𝟖#DaBears hang 48 on the Vikings via 2 Kyle Orton & special team TDs!
Seven different receivers had at least 2 receptions. pic.twitter.com/aDkTyMf1ri
— This Day in Chicago Sports (@ChiSportsDay) October 19, 2020
You can watch the complete game here!