beat Vikings as quarterback Cutler makes winning return
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[November 01, 2016]
(The Sports Xchange) - Jay
Cutler threw for 252 yards and a touchdown and Jordan Howard ran for
153 yards and a score as the Chicago Bears beat the Minnesota
Vikings 20-10 at Soldier Field on Monday.
Cutler, who missed five straight games with a sprained thumb, was
efficient and completed 20 of 31 passes for Chicago (2-6), which
snapped a three-game losing streak. Cutler's 11-yard touchdown pass
to Alshon Jeffery gave the Bears a 20-3 lead with 9:52 remaining in
the third quarter.
The scoring catch was the first of the season for Jeffery, who had
four catches for the Bears as did Howard. Tight end Zach Miller
finished with seven catches for 88 yards.
Minnesota (6-2) failed to reach the end zone until a little more
than five minutes left when Sam Bradford connected with Stefon Diggs
on a 25-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-6. Bradford threw for 228
yards on 23-of-37 passing in the loss.
Until the Vikings' late scoring strike, the Bears' defense shut the
Vikings down and sacked Bradford five times as the Vikings lost for
the second straight week following six straight victories.
The Bears led 13-3 at halftime behind a dominating defensive
performance that forced the Vikings to punt on their first five
The defense maintained the shutout before the Vikings managed a
Blair Walsh 30-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining in the
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Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) celebrates with
teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings
during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil
Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota's lone first-half scoring drive was extended on a 15-yard
unsportsmanlike penalty against the Bears after Pernell McPhee
sacked Bradford, who fumbled on the play. Minnesota receiver Adam
Thielen recovered Bradford's fumble, which allowed the Vikings'
offense to remain on the field due to the penalty.
The Vikings drove inside Chicago's 10-yard line before the defense
shut Minnesota down and sacked Bradford for a 10-yard loss before
Walsh connected on the field goal.
(Editing by Andrew Both)
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