Khalil Mack had a sack and fumble recovery, Eddie Jackson returned an interception for a touchdown and Chicago tightened its grip on the division with a 25-20 victory over the second-place Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.
"I think anytime you have a game like this, you come back on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday with a real sense of urgency and heightened awareness to your preparation, to being coached, to coaching one another", Cousins told reporters after the game. "He can scramble. You have to really make sure that you wrap up on him".
Now, they seem, post-Alex Smith catastrophic injury, in the driver's seat in the NFC East, though they desperately need Thursday's Thanksgiving result against Washington to go in their favour. The Vikings followed with a run up the middle with Murray, who got stuffed, forcing the Vikings to go 3-and-out on their first drive.
Even prior to the Chicago Bears took the field Sunday night, chills were running up and down the spine of their fans. At the very least, they still get to play the Bears one more time this season, but they can't afford to fall further behind in the race. It was a big improvement over the previous week, when he hit uprights four times while missing two field goals and two extra points against Detroit.
Trubisky was 20 of 31 for 165 yards and a touchdown.
Because of This Play: For the Vikings, it was important to get out to an early lead so that they could put some additional pressure on Mitch Trubisky. "So Kirk Cousins, don't throw 50-50 balls". His 27-yard TD return and a 2-point conversion pass from Trubisky to Adam Shaheen made it 22-6. But he was intercepted two times by Anthony Harris. He delivered for his team and put some points on the board when we needed them. He's thrown four interceptions over the past three games. Cousins finished 30-of-46 for 262 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and two sacks.
The Vikings defense wasn't at its best - there were too many missed tackles to count, especially in the first half - but it did force three turnovers to give the Vikings a chance.
Parkey practiced twice at Soldier Field on weeknights leading up to Sunday's game to regain confidence after his rough outing a week earlier. A comeback felt unlikely, but a stop here could have conserved their timeouts down the stretch and potentially given the Vikings the ball back after their failed onside kick. But with Leonard Floyd bearing down on him, Cousins unleashed a wobbly heave that Adrian Amos picked off with on one else near him.
But it's time to start giving tremendous credit to the Bears for moving up and getting Mitchell Trubisky.