Monday night at Soldier Field was an old school Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings matchup.    The Bears played shut down defense and rammed the ball down Minnesota’s throat with their running game as the Bears beat the Vikings 20-10 in a game was never really in doubt as the Bears improved to 2-2 at home.

Jay Cutler returned for the Bears after missing the last 5 games.   There is talk he was healthy for the last 2 games Brian Hoyer had started but was a healthy inactive.   In any case, he played with a chip on shoulder, showing good mobility and sound decision making.   Cutler completed 20 of 31 passes for 251 yards with 1 touchdown to Alshon Jeffrey and no interceptions or fumbles.  Jordan Howard looks like he could Chicago’s next good running back with his third 100 yard game in the last 5 games, finishing with 153 yards on 26 carries.   He ripped off a 69 yard run in the first quarter and the Bears never looked back.

Chicago’s defense looks somewhat ignited by the returns of Pernell McPhee and Leonard Floyd last week.   Chicago’s defense harassed Sam Bradford all evening as Bradford had no time to throw all night until late in the fourth quarter in garbage time.   McPhee and Floyd had 1 sack a piece and 3 other Bears players also had a sack giving a total for 5 for the evening.   Minnesota has big offensive line problems as Matt Asiata ran for 42 yards on 13 carries and Bradford was routinely whipped to the ground during the game.

Chicago does not play again until mid-November as they are on a bye next week so it will be interesting to see what happens over the next couple of days as the Bears improved to 2-6 tonight.    There is talk Alshon Jeffrey and/or  Tracy Porter could be traded by tomorrow’s trading deadline.  Jeffrey certainly enhanced his value on the national stage tonight with 4 catches for 63 yards and a touchdown.   Minnesota meanwhile falls to 5-2 and returns home to face another division rival in the Detroit Lions next week.

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