Vikings ride Case Keenum to survive 20-17 against Bears

Vikings ride Case Keenum to survive 20-17 against Bears

With 2 minutes, 32 seconds left in a tie game Monday night at Soldier Field, Bears rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky stood 90 yards from entering another level of Bears lore - and the end zone.

- The Vikings' trips to Soldier Field over the past decade have been full of freaky moments.

The Vikings defense continues to pace the team's effort and put on another dominant performance on Monday night. As Miller was getting hit by a Vikings' defender he flipped it back to Trubisky, who then easily scores to tie the game at 17-17.

After a 1-3 start, the Chicago Bears have made a change to the quarterback.

The game could have been not almost as close and a whole lot uglier had Trubisky not made a few key plays when things broke down. It was the Vikings' longest run of the season.

The Star Tribune's Ben Goessling reported Monday that the team plans to bring Bridgewater back to practice when he's eligible to come off the physically-unable-to-perform list after Week 6.

It looked as if Trubisky would lead the first touchdown drive of his career when on the second play of the second quarter Jordan Howard broke a 42-yard run down the sidelines for the touchdown.

The rookie quarterback had his first forgettable moment later in the second quarter when Everson Griffen got a strip-sack for Trubisky's first turnover. I'm writing this as the Vikings lead 17-9, and am really just at this point slowly, and painfully, sliding into "who cares" territory.

Facing an aggressive defense, he completed 12 of 25 passes for 128 yards with a touchdown. Sam Bradford could be ready to return as the starter after not playing the last three games for a knee injury.

Vikings quarterback Case Keenum came off the bench to complete 17 of 21 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown.

The interception would ultimately prove to be a game-deciding one. But the Bears let him down with a bad drop and a holding penalty by Cody Whitehair that wiped out a nice throw by Trubisky and diving 26-yard catch by Tre McBride.

Keenum rejuvenated the Vikings' offense. He also had some good luck on his first National Football League touchdown pass, a tipped ball that ended up in the hands of tight end Zach Miller.

Chicago also scored its first touchdown of the night on a fake punt.

Still, given Bradford's struggles, it became clear that Keenum was the better option in the game. He didn't take a sack, he didn't turn the ball over and he led the offense on three scoring drives. Minnesota lost two of the three games the veteran signal-caller missed.

"I said, 'Look, when we score here, whoever scores, you're the duck, '" Rudolph said. In the fourth quarter of a game involving a Bears team staring at 12 losses, the home crowd roared and 56,738 fans started waving white towels.

Want more info about the Vikings? The Bears fell to 1-4 with the narrow defeat.



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