Welcome to SportsCastr News Tuesday Morning Edition, and we are going over the Monday Night Football game.
But we can between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings.
Now the Minnesota Vikings come into this game with one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL.
Yet one of the worst defense is in the NFL, and Chicago walks in offensively gimp ing as one of the worst offenses in the NFL, but with an incredibly good defense.
So something had to give here.
Was Chicago's offense gonna be able to move the ball against this very poor Vikings defense? Or was the Vikings off it going to be mitigated by this very good Chicago Bears defense? Well, in the first half, it looked like the Bears defense was getting the upper hand.
The Bears was able to hold Dalvin Cook, who for the last couple of weeks have averaged over 200 yards total in both games and is the second leading rusher in the NFL to just 32 yards on 14 carries.
But because the Bears could not get any kind of mo mentum going offensively, they could not do anything offensively.
I think in the second half.
They had two first downs, maybe three.
Nick Foles went 15 to 26 106 yards and one interception.
I mean, as a team, they totaled 149 yards offensively and only 18% 3rd down conversion rate.
That is one of the worst third down conversion rates of any team for any game.
All season long, it looked like the Vikings defense was so good.
There was on a multitude of place where we would sit and watch the Vikings Renee zero blitz against Nick Foles and fools could have no answer for it.
The only saving grace for the Bears was special Kings Cordero Patterson took a football four yards deep on a kick off in the end zone and returned it untouched for a touchdown.
They did **** a punt, which gave the Vikings the ball back after getting a three and out inside their own red zone and the Vikings, the Bears held on the Bears defense held on, allowed them maybe a yard after that ****ed punt and forced the Vikings to kick a field goal.
This was a very low scoring game.
It was Minnesota when 19 to 13.
Now Chicago understands what it's like losing games like this because they just have not been able to move the football.
This was the first, the first game that, uh, Matt Nagy did not call the offensive place.
And there was a bunch of Wildcat Place put in for Cordero, Patterson at the quarterback position to run.
Yet most of the time, those read options just did not work.
I think the longest gain on offense from one of those Wildcats for Cordero Patterson was only a five yard game, and that was when he kept it and ran it right up the middle.
This was just a bad day.
And because Chicago's offense could not get first downs and stay on the field to give the defense arrest, Minnesota's offense started to pick up a little bit in the second half.
They actually got touchdowns.
Now, when you look at the stat line for Dalvin Cook, he had 96 yards rushing, 16 yards receiving.
That's 112 total yards for Dalvin Cook.
You think that is a great game for him, but you must understand that four catches for 16 yards.
That's only four yards per reception.
That's not good.
30 carries for 96 yards is 3.
2 yards per carry.
Not all that good.
What saved him from having a 2.
5 yard carry game was two runs of eight yards or more.
That's what he did have a monster game gain late in the third quarter of Oh, I had to have been 40 maybe 50 yards rushing down the sideline, where this gas defense just got caught off guard.
But then that run was called back due to a holding call.
Three holding calls brought back the Vikings offense often big plays for first downs in this game.
Now, obviously, those holding calls are came into effect because they got frustrated because they could not get the ground game going.
They could not get pressure out of Kirk Cousins.
Face Justin Jefferson.
The wide receiver was a huge help to Kirk Cousins.
Cousins went 25 or 36 292 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Justin Jefferson, who when he was drafted to replace the Bond digs, I said, Justin Jefferson is very good at doing everything as a wide receiver from what I could see on his film, but there was nothing exceptional about him, and that's what made me worry whether or not he would really turn out to be a top 10 wide receiver in the NFL.
But in this rookie season, in his being very good at everything, and having Adam feeling on the other side allows you to be a very good wide receiver and a reliable target for Kirk Cousins.
Jefferson had eight receptions, 135 yards, no huge gains, but a lot of 15 to 20 yarders.
That helps the Vikings move the sticks down the field.
When Kirk Cousins was getting in trouble, huge help.
Kyle Rudolph had a couple of really nice catches while Herb Smith was out with injury.
Four catches, 63 yards, one of which was a uh, they had a holding call and Rudolph caught the ball six yards shy of the first down and carried the defender an extra seven yards t to get that first down great effort by Kyle Rudolph.
This is a game where the Vikings offense just would not be denied, even though the Bears defense was doing everything they could.
They were just too gassed in the second half.
Very similar how the Colts and the Titans played the the court just kept the Titans offense off the field and ran the ball so much that it kept and just kept getting first downs.
The Titans defense was just too tired to stay on the field, and the Colts were able to move in the second half very efficiently.
Same thing here.
The Bears defense was just way too tired.
The ball could not stop the Vikings in the second half, which allowed them to score 12 of their 19 points in the second half.
Now I do believe that I like Cordero Patterson at running back.
Granted, he only carried the ball 12 times for 30 yards, the only averaged 2.
5 yards of carry.
But this offensive line for the Bears is awful.
There was no run lanes at all.
So many times he was met in the backfield.
That was scary, but I like what Cordero Patterson does.
I like his his, uh, when he lines up in the Wildcat.
I like it when he lines up at running back.
He could line up out there at wide receiver, obviously, because he was a wide receiver in college and plus his kick return ability is phenomenal.
After that 104 yard touchdown return, they never kicked the ball to him again.
They were, uh, squib, kicking it, lying, driving it, whatever they could to keep Paterson away from getting a clean return because they knew this was going to be a low scoring game.
And if they gave up another touchdown, this game was over.
Nick Foles had a chance.
With two minutes left in the game or three minutes left in the game, Nick Bulls had a chance to take the lead on a pass.
Now Anthony, he had Anthony Miller beating both defenders over the middle.
Nick Foles, under pressure steps up into the pockets, rose the football.
Anthony Miller was 10 yards away from the end zone and had a good two or three steps on both defenders, and it just went right out of the reach of the outstretched hands of an of a diving Anthony Miller had Nick Fools just put a little bit more air under the football drop, the in the in zone.
This would be a different game, and the Chicago Bears probably would have won.
But Nick Foles was not that guy tonight.
The big story was Nick Fools got choked.
Plan? Well, just 30 seconds left in the game.
Uh, he got the defender, got up underneath this helmet on the top part of his pads right here, lifted him off the ground and slammed him to the ground full.
Stayed on the ground for at least five minutes while they brought out the car and sent him to the locker room.
Now the good news for Bears fans is it does not seem to be a serious injury.
Uh, he's currently questionable for next week's game, but it makes you wonder, Do you bring Mitchell Travis Key back? Because Bray Tyler Bray, when he came in relieving for Nick Foles was not looking good.
He when he threw the football, he would overthrow it 10 yards.
He would throw it, uh, routes where the receiver would cut outside instead of going up the field, and it looked awful.
It's just I don't like Tyler Bray Now.
Tyler Bray probably got no snaps with the first team offense.
Well, I don't think it would have mattered too much.
Um, it just there was no spark there like there was with Nick Foles, where? Nick Foles.
You know, every once in a while, you're going to get a very beautiful pass from him.
I don't know if you're going to get that from Tyler Bray and Mitchell.
Torbinski, I think, has the mobility to at least offset this terrible offensive line to be able to extend the play a little bit and possibly get the ball downfield.
We will keep our ears and eyes open for the Nick Foles injury to find out whether or not he will be able to start this next game.
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I'm Laurence Owen for SportsCastr do Tuesday Morning Edition, covering the Monday Night Football game between the Bears and the Vikings and, as usual, have a good one.