At the end of the day, the Vikings are 3-2 and could still make a playoff push, but starting Bradford was a hideously reckless decision. Though the numbers were far from spectacular, Trubisky provided some promising signs for a struggling franchise.
The Vikings defense continues to pace the team's effort and put on another dominant performance on Monday night. And after the Bears scored a touchdown to pull within one early in the fourth quarter, rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky kept the ball on a reverse option pitch to tie the score at 17. Outside of that, there was nothing the Bears offense could do to move the ball on the Vikings defense. Trubisky's wide receiver and tight end mix is not exactly going to scare anyone so that makes running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen even more important. It has been quite some time since he Bears truly believed in their quarterback.
There will be ups and downs for the remainder of his rookie season.
Two of the Vikings biggest stars on defense came up the biggest on Monday night. The three points came via an Everson Griffen strip sack.
Bradford wasn't ready to play, and that was obvious from the first snap. He threw an interception to Vikings safety Harrison Smith deep in Bears territory to set up Forbath's winning field goal. But noted gambler John Fox called for a fake punt - and it called the Vikings completely off guard.
Bradford was limited during all three of his Vikings practices this week, just as he was before the Vikings' second game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, when the team decided not to play Bradford after a pregame workout. In his final college game, Trubisky threw the would-be game-winning touchdown three times on the same drive against Stanford, only to have his receivers drop flawless dimes that fell in their hands. Of those passes, two were complete for 38 yards and a 20-yard touchdown, two fell incomplete and two were negated by penalties.
Because of a knee injury, Bradford was playing for the first time since the opening game of the season.
In the first quarter, neither offense was able to muster any points. He was battered and sacked, and was unable to finish the first half. And somehow the Vikings went into the half with the lead.
Of course, it wouldn't take much to overshadow Glennon, who threw for just 833 yards and four touchdowns in the team's first four games of the season. He hit a wide-open Kyle Rudolph for a touchdown to extend the Vikings' lead to 10-2. And aside from a few big plays, it was a pretty bad football game all around.
The Bears, who have started the season 1-3, will have a new quarterback under center, and they'll have a chance to right the ship a bit after a disappointing performance against the Green Bay Packers almost two weeks ago. But the Bears urgency for results left them with task of trying to win Monday with an unproven rookie.
It didn't take long on Monday night for it to become abundantly clear that Bradford's injured left knee is nowhere near 100% healthy.
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