The good news is that the Vikings came out on top against the Chicago Bears for their Week 18 matchup. Another positive that came out of this game was a decent amount of playing time for Nick Mullens.
With the score 16 – 6 at halftime in favor of the Vikings, coach O’Connell pulled Kirk Cousins for the second half. Mullens led the team to a touchdown on his first drive and managed to get them in position for a couple of field goals as well.
This game was never very close and the Bears’ offense looked pretty impotent with Nathan Peterman and Tim Boyle running things from the quarterback position as Justin Fields sat out with an injury.
They struggled to find production in the run or pass game as Khalil Herbert finished the game with 10 carries for 50 yards to lead their rushers, and Cole Kmet had four catches for 57 yards and one TD to lead their receivers.
The Vikings had struggled with slow starts throughout the season but that was not the case in this one. It only took them four plays to get their first down, one of them being a 66-yard completion to K.J. Osborn.
Greg Joseph continued his confusing struggles with extra points as he missed the PAT after the first possession.
The Vikings’ offense was led by Alexander Mattison who had a career-high two TDs on the day. This game was not competitive from the get-go and the 29-13 final score is evidence of that.