The Greatest Tank Win Ever: Vikings 29, Bears 13

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The Greatest Tank Win Ever: Vikings 29, Bears 13

Chicago Bears

What a weekend the Chicago Bears are having.

It began on Thursday night with Devin Hester becoming a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the second straight year. And it came to an end with the team coming away with the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

That’s because the Vikings beat the Bears 29-13 in a game that had more LOL-worthy moments than what you’d expect from a relatively inconsequential Week 18 game between two teams at opposite ends of the standings. C’mon, now! There were passes thrown by Nick Mullens, Nathan Peterman, and Tim Boyle. And a failed field goal attempt because Minnesota looks like a team that had never run a scramble drill in its life. Plus there was a Duke Shelley interception. For what it’s worth, I needed those laughs. Your friend Luis has had a rough go of it of late, and the laughter was so necessary.

Anyway, how about one last Tank Win rundown for the road?

Did Justin Fields Show Progress in His Development?

No. Because Justin Fields didn’t play. And that is perfectly fine because he enters the offseason without risking further damaging the hip injury that sidelined him for this week.

However, we did learn a little something about the Bears’ backup quarterback situation — it kinda stinks.

Nathan Peterman and Tim Boyle combined to go 13-for-27 (48.1% completion pct.) for 147 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. If you punch those numbers into a QB rating calculator, it comes out to a 61.8 passer rating. Yuck. Plus, those numbers also spit out an INT% of 7.4%. Double yuck. But hey, it was a solid effort in a big Tank Win so it’s not as if we can be too upset about it.

Then again, the Bears might want to work someone out next summer behind Fields and Trevor Siemian. Just saying.

OK, But Did the Bears Win?

NO.

And that’s OK. Perfectly OK. Good, even. Because they won in the game of getting the No. 1 overall pick. That was the ultimate prize. And it belongs to the Bears. Hooray!

Can I get two claps and a Ric Flair for Lovie Smith and his gang of merry men?

👏👏 WOO!

Can We Call it a Tank Win?

YES!

And this is what it looked like from the eyes of Bears fans at Soldier Field:

What. A. Moment.

Meanwhile, here is what the top-10 looks like after the completion of Sunday’s noon starts:

Em-BEAR-Assment Meter

Tim Boyle, what would you say you do here?

Because if your answer is quarterbacking, well, that can’t be it:

That is an elite arm punt. And so was his other interception that was hauled in by former Bears cornerback Duke Shelley. It almost makes you wonder why even carry a punter at all.

What’s Next?

Ryan Poles and the Bears are on the clock:



Author: Luis Medina

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