Kirk Cousins finally got the “Monday Night Football” monkey off his back as the Vikings edged the Bears 19-13 in Week 10.
Cousins entered the contest 0-9 in “MNF” games in his career, and he was 0-4 against Chicago since joining Minnesota in 2018.
While Dalvin Cook was the key to the Vikings’ success in their last two wins, the Bears held the running back to 96 yards on 30 carries. Cousins stepped up and had a solid night: 25-of-36 passing for 292 yards, with touchdowns and an interception.
Rookie wideout Justin Jefferson was his top target, hauling in eight catches for 135 yards — his fourth 100-yard game of the season. Adam Thielen added four catches for 43 yards and hauled in both TD catches. The first came in the first quarter to give Minnesota a 7-0 lead; the second came in the fourth quarter to break a deadlock and give the Vikings a 19-13 lead.
Chicago’s offense struggled to get much of anything going. Nick Foles completed 15 of 26 passes for 106 yards and an interception before leaving with an injury on the Bears’ final drive. Cordarrelle Patterson was the leading rusher with 12 carries for 30 yards. The only Bears points came from their special teams. Cairo Santos hit a pair of field goals and Patterson returned the second-half kickoff 104 yards for a TD to give Chicago a 13-7 lead.
The Bears’ defense couldn’t have done much more. It held Cook, who had eclipsed 200 total yards in back-to-back games, to 112 yards on 34 touches (3.3 yards per touch). The unit also forced two turnovers, with Trevis Gipson recovering a fumble forced by Danny Trevathan on the Vikings’ opening possession and Khalil Mack intercepting a pass late in the first half to set up a Santos field goal that made it 7-6 heading into the locker room.
With the win, the Vikings (4-5) have now won three straight and are half a game in back of the Bears (5-5) for second in the NFC North.
Bears vs. Vikings final score
Bears vs. Vikings highlights from ‘Monday Night Football’
(All times Eastern)
11:12 p.m. — FINAL: Vikings 19, Bears 13.
11:10 p.m. — Foles is down. He was able to throw it away but got thrown down hard by Ifeadi Odenigbo. Tyler Bray comes in.
11:03 p.m. — Vikings punt. Bears get the stop they need and get the ball back at their 20-yard line, 44 seconds remaining. No timeouts left for Chicago.
10:54 p.m. — Two-minute warning. Minnesota has it, second and 6 at its 39-yard line. Chicago still has all three timeouts and can get the ball back with a stop here.
10:53 p.m. — TURNOVER ON DOWNS. Foles overthrows an open Miller on fourth down and Minnesota gets the ball back at its 35-yard line, 2:04 remaining.
10:49 p.m. — Vikings punt. Chicago will take over at the Minnesota 46-yard line after a 32-yard return by Anthony Miller, 5:01 to play.
10:41 p.m. — Bears go three-and-out. Another ugly drive for Chicago and Minnesota gets the ball back at its 11-yard line, 8:35 remaining.
10:37 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, VIKINGS. Cousins hits Thielen on the out route and Minnesota retakes the lead. Bad snap on the PAT, so it’s 19-13 with 10:06 to play.
10:27 p.m. — Chicago punts. Minnesota takes over at its 37-yard line, 14:49 remaining in the fourth quarter.
10:23 p.m. — END OF THIRD QUARTER: Bears 13, Vikings 13. Chicago goes three-and-out for the third time in the second half as Foles is sacked on third down. Bears will more than likely punt to start the fourth quarter.
10:16 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, VIKINGS. Minnesota ties it up on a 43-yard field goal by Bailey. It’s 13-13 with 1:52 left in the third quarter.
Justin Jefferson went over 100 yards receiving during the drive. Another big night from the rookie out of LSU.
10:07 p.m. — Bears go three-and-out. Chicago can’t capitalize on the excellent field position and has to punt. Minnesota takes over at its 15-yard line, 5:12 left in the third quarter.
10:01 p.m. — Vikings go three-and-out. Anthony Miller takes this punt and returns it to the Minnesota 46-yard line. Great field position for the Bears to potentially add to their lead, 7:01 remaining in the third quarter.
9:58 p.m. — Bears punt. KJ Osborn nearly bobbles the return but secures the ball and is brought down at the Minnesota 22-yard line. Vikings have it with 9:13 left in the third quarter.
9:50 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, VIKINGS. Minnesota goes three-and-out but the good field positon allows Dan Bailey to hit a 37-yarder. Vikings lead 10-7 with 10:50 remaining in the third quarter.
9:48 p.m. — FUMBLE. Dwayne Harris with a rare muffed punt and Minnesota recovers at the Chicago 20-yard line with 11:43 left in the third quarter.
9:41 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, BEARS. Cordarrelle Patterson takes it to the house on the opening kickoff of the second half and now he’s tied for the all-time NFL kick return record. Bears lead 13-7 with 14:46 left in the third quarter.
9:27 p.m. — HALF: Vikings 7, Bears 6. Chicago will get the ball to start the second half.
9:21 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, BEARS. Back to back incompletions for Foles and Santos comes out and hits a 42-yarder to make it 7-6 with 49 seconds remaining in the half.
9:18 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Khalil Macks makes a surprise drop into coverage and snags it off the bobble from Thielen. Bears get the ball back at the Minnesota 45-yard line, 1:51 left in the half. They have all three timeouts.
9:15 p.m. — 2-Minute Warning. Minnesota has it, first and 10 at the Chicago 28-yard line.
9:04 p.m. — Bears punt. Chicago stalls out as Foles is sacked on third down. Minnesota gets the ball back at its 20-yard line, 6:32 to play in the first half.
8:56 p.m. — Vikings punt. A touchback will give Chicago the ball back at its 20-yard line, 12:03 remaining in the first half.
8:50 p.m. — END OF FIRST QUARTER: Vikings 7, Bears 3. Minnesota has it, third and 5 at its 30-yard line to start the second quarter.
8:46 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, BEARS. Chicago’s drive fizzles out at the goal line and Cairo Santos comes on for a 23-yard field goal to make it 7-3 with 32 seconds left in the first quarter.
8:33 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, VIKINGS. Kirk Cousins drops in a perfect ball to Adam Thielen, who hauls it in with one hand to beat the man-to-man coverage for a 17-yard TD. Minnesota leads 7-0 with 6:29 remaining in the first quarter.
8:27 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Two plays later and Chicago gives it right back. Nick Foles’ pass is tipped by his own man Anthony Miller and picked off by Harrison Smith. Vikings get it back at the Chicago 41-yard line, 9:34 left in the first quarter.
8:23 p.m. — FUMBLE. Danny Trevathan knocks it loose from Kyle Rudolph after the catch and Trevis Gipson recovers at the Chicago 27-yard line, 10:35 left in the first quarter.
8:15 p.m. — Bears win the toss. They’ll defer and Minnesota will receive the opening kickoff.
Bears vs. Vikings start time
- Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. ET
- TV channel (national): ESPN
- Live stream: ESPN app, fuboTV
‘Monday Night Football’ schedule 2020
|Week 1||Sept. 14||Steelers 26, Giants 16|
|Week 1||Sept. 14||Titans 16, Broncos 14|
|Week 2||Sept. 21||Raiders 34, Saints 24|
|Week 3||Sept. 28||Chiefs 34, Ravens 20|
|Week 4||Oct. 5||Packers 30, Falcons 16|
|Week 5||Oct. 12||Saints 30, Chargers 27|
|Week 6||Oct. 19||Cardinals 38, Cowboys 10|
|Week 7||Oct. 26||Rams 24, Bears 10|
|Week 8||Nov. 2||Buccaneers 25, Giants 23|
|Week 9||Nov. 9||Patriots 30, Jets 27|
|Week 10||Nov. 16||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 11||Nov. 23||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 12||Nov. 30||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||Dec. 7||San Francisco 49ers vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 14||Dec. 14||Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 15||Dec. 21||Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 16||Dec. 28||New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills|